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, 2014-15 JGS Fellow


JGS Fellowship

The goal of the JGS Fellows Program is to elevate photography and digital media as pathways for students to pursue their careers and to make a difference in their communities. The program specifically aims to support students for whom economic and family circumstances render such career pathways particularly challenging.


Photo of two JGS Fellows at the 2018 IA Gathering evening reception who are facing the venue space's windows overlooking at the Chicago city skyline.

Over the course of the fellowship year, each JGS Fellow will:

  • Receive a $2,000 tuition scholarship.
  • Receive mentorship and financial support for each Fellow’s community projects.
  • Attend the Imagining America National Gathering in October. Complimentary registration and travel awards are included.
  • Participate in regular, virtual learning exchanges.
  • Be connected to the consortium’s national network of scholars, educators, artists, and community organizers.


Click here to read about the 2018-19 JGS Fellows



About Joy of Giving Something Foundation

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 photography or media arts.

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 saw the visual arts as a potential career for young adults. The IA/JGS Fellows Program is a generous part of Stein’s legacy.


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