SOURCE: Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University

September 29, 2009 12:31 ET

Academy of Art University President Announces More Scholarships for SF Baptist Ministers Conference 'Saturday Art Program'

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 29, 2009) - Normally, audiences stand up and cheer. Last Friday night, the guests at the first Annual Grace Grant Musical stood up and 'praised the Lord.'

In front of a group of more than 100 guests at the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Dr. Elisa Stephens, President, Academy of Art University, announced the Academy would continue to offer the SF Baptist Ministers Conference scholarships in its "Saturday Art Program" and "Summer Art Experience" program as well as provide one four-year undergraduate degree scholarship in 2011. All told, these student scholarships are worth more than $200,000.

Speaking for the Baptist Ministers of the San Francisco Bay Area Joint Revival Committee, Rev. Tim Dews, Jr. said the Academy's support for Bay Area youth comes at a critical moment. "With other schools and colleges cutting back, the opportunities for our children have become slimmer. The Academy of Art University has done the opposite -- they've reached out to say, 'We're here, and we want to give back to the community.' We often tell our children, 'Do the right thing, and you'll be blessed.' By providing eight young people with scholarships to attend the Summer Arts program, their benevolence helped us with that God-given blessing," he said.

Describing a two-year process that culminated in the Summer Arts scholarships, Dews sounded a stirring note of thanks. "I'm on cloud nine to be able to express the level of gratitude we feel for the Academy's generosity. We know this is no small thing. The scholarships represent a gift of grace. We have to prepare the pathway for our children. The honey is sweeter when you can taste it, rather than just looking at it on the shelf. These efforts say, 'It doesn't have to be a dream -- you can make the dream a reality if you apply yourselves.'"

"This is exactly what Richard S. Stephens had in mind when he established the Academy 80 years ago," Dews said, noting the tradition was passed on to his son Richard A. Stephens when he became president. Now it's being carried forward by Dr. Elisa Stephens. "In this way, the Academy shows it's willing to form a partnership with the community. These scholarships give our children real hope."

Academy of Art University's Dr. Stephens and Rebecca Delgado Rottman, Vice President, Community & Government Relations, were personally recognized by the SF Ministry for their support. The SF Baptist Ministers Conference held the lively gospel revival to raise funds to supplement youth programs that were eliminated from the public school system due to budget cut-backs, as well as to assist the families to purchase school supplies needed by their children.

"We are thrilled to be able to serve an under-represented community, and to give the children an opportunity to create a better life," said Rebecca Delgado Rottman, Vice President, Community & Government Relations.

About the Academy of Art University

With nearly 16,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BA, BFA, MA, M.Arch and MFA programs in 15 different majors, as well as continuing art education, with classes in Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Photography and Web Design & New Media. Game Design and Music for Visual Media are the school's newest majors, offering AA, BFA and MFA degrees. Students can also enroll in flexible online degree programs in most majors.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-ARCH).

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