JGS Fellowship Program

The goals of the IA/JGS Fellows Program are to elevate photography and digital media as pathways for undergraduate 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. 

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

 Receive a $2,000 tuition scholarship.
• Receive mentorship and financial support for a community project.
 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, artists, and community organizers.

The Call for 2020-2021 JGS Fellows is now open. Click HERE to learn more and to apply for the program.

The 2019-2020 JGS Fellows

• Mario Becerra Aleman, Emory University (Sophomore), studies mathematics and computer science
• Rebecca Castillo, Swarthmore College (Senior), studies education, race, and media
• Briana Henry, University of Delaware (Junior), focuses on fine arts
• Ameenah Mcknight, Vanderbilt University (Junior), studies anthropology and psychology
• Kori Suzuki, Macalester College (Junior), focuses on media studies and environmental studies
• Alexis Valeriano, St. Olaf College (Senior), studies political science, rural immigration and immigrant labor organizing

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 undergraduate 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.

Learn more about JGS’ Arts Education Initiatives