JGS Fellows

2014-15 JGS Fellow Abel Hernandez mentors Kassem in three-point perspective. All rights reserved New Urban Arts. 2008.“I understand first-hand the power of education. As a teaching designer, I remind myself: one person who believes in you can change your entire perspective on life.” – Abel Hernandez, Ohio State University, Master’s Student, Design Research and Development, 2014-15 JGS Fellow


JGS Fellowship

Thanks to a generous grant from the Joy of Giving Something Foundation (JGS), each year Imagining America (IA) awards scholarships to students at member campuses who actively serve their local communities through programs in photography or media arts. The goal of the IA/JGS Fellows Program is to elevate photography and digital media as a pathway for students to pursue their careers and make a difference in their communities.

The IA/JGS Fellows receive tuition scholarships of $2,000 each and commit to engaging in a yearlong learning exchange that will result in a collaborative media project. Fellows are invited to participate in the IA National Conference, and are eligible for a limited number of travel stipends to attend the conference.



The Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS), is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the photographic arts and established in 1988 by the late Howard Stein. In 2010, Director of Outreach and Education Wayne Maugans approached IA about expanding support for community-engaged visual arts students as a way to encourage them to pursue post-secondary education and find a life path. Stein, who passed away in July, saw the visual arts as a potential career for young adults.

This scholarship program is a generous part of Stein’s legacy. To kickstart the program, IA reached out to consortium members to identify initiatives aligned with the scholarship. The first JGS/IA tuition awards were awarded to students at ten IA member campuses that have actively served their local communities through programs in photography or media arts.

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