This thread is mind boggling.
1. just because you come from a developing country does not mean you deserve something.
2. just because someone works their ass off, finds information anywhere they can, and creates a strong body of work they do deserve something
3. the winner was clear to me and I did not know Algen's work at all. Both he and Jana are self taught. Sure they can get jobs, and do already I am sure..but it is what they can become and create if they are pre-loaded with all of the information to be successful that we want to see. There is a lot of development in their works that need to happen. We believe in them. They earned it. To say that it is popularity is offensive. The work speaks for itself. Their work ethic shows. The winners have all been fair and square.
4. There seems to be a mix of envy and frustration in this thread. This is a shame considering the fact that EVERYONE has the ability to shoot for the scholarships. If you are not ready then get back to work. You can pick up free tutorials on the TAD site, more information on art than ever before in art history just by using the SEARCH function, and super cheap downloads too. If you are not taking advantage of all that then it is your own issue. If you are and have yet to truly understand it, then you are probably needing more time at your studies.
The scholarships have all been awarded on MERIT. It has nothing to do with what students do for the school. It has everything to do with our desire to create stars. Real industry stars. When merit is rewarded it encourages others to work hard and strive for greatness. If we gave everyone a "dinghy" so they could fish, half would not even fish just because they were given something for nothing. We are not here to reward those who have not put in the work or time. Nor those who create problems during such an amazing time.
Sometimes I think we just can't win. Set up a program and give free educations to the most deserving and get called all sorts of names. Reward those who have earned the scholarships and get told that they shouldnt get them because the winners are already proving themselves. Ugh. Wake up people. CA has ALWAYS rewarded merit. It always will. TAD is no different.
With that said, we are looking at the need based program this week. There will also be another round of scholarships for those who have yet to apply.
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