The Advancement team at CCAD is responsible for advancing the mission of the college through fundraising, alumni and student engagement, and promoting the institution both within Columbus and out in the world. The scholarships you receive, the buildings you study in, and the labs and supplies you use are all available thanks to the support of generous alumni, friends, and even the corporations who will one day hire you. If you're interested in getting involved with our department before you graduate or you'd like some more information about scholarships, you've come to the right place!


Advancement Story

Here at CCAD, we are incredibly lucky to have lots of corporate partners who support us with their time, talent, and philanthropy. This month, we'd love to highlight our Regional Macy's office, who will be coming into their 10th year supporting our general scholarship fund through sponsorship of the Senior Fashion Show.

This year was also a special one for Macy's, whose Easton store was the first to go through a complete make-over that focused on elevating the customer experience, while also paying homage the city of Columbus. The new prototype will serve as a one-stop-shop for customers, including a full health and wellness center, new interactive make-up counters, and free personal shoppers. The Easton store was chosen because their sales have continued to come in each year as some of the top in the country.

And as for CCAD's presence? When the new store was revealed, Macy's made sure to include our Fashion Design program as part of their new look – highlighting six full student collections in each of their front-entrance windows. We are thrilled to have our student talent on display at one of the most successful stores in the country and look forward to seeing what this partnership brings in the future! If you haven't had a change to stop by, make sure to take a trip out to see CCAD on display.

Thanks, Macy's!

Works by Lauren Metelitz, Jacob Maitland, and Chia Hsuan Wei

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Giving doesn't always have to be about money. The Advancement Department needs volunteers for various events on- and off-campus. Such as alumni events, the Senior Fashion Show, and end-of-year events.

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Are you interested in learning more about or applying for a CCAD scholarship? Check out the list below to see what scholarships are available and feel free to reach out to Katie Butt at with questions.

Do you currently have a scholarship through CCAD? Contact Katie Butt at to learn about how you can thank the donors who helped contribute to your scholarship.


The American Greetings Scholarship for Excellence in Design was established as an endowed scholarship fund at CCAD in 2000 by American Greetings Corporation. This is a merit based scholarship that recognizes one top sophomore or junior graphic design student each year.

American Greetings Corporation is a long-time supporter of CCAD and over the years has employed many of our alumni to work in its Cleveland, Ohio headquarters.


The scholarship was funded by the generous CCAD supporters, Arlene and Michael Weiss, during the Creative Drive Comprehensive Campaign. Arlene served as a CCAD trustee from 2001-2010. The couple established this endowed scholarship, but continues to support the general scholarship fund annually through the Senior Fashion Show.

The Arlene & Michael Weiss Endowed Scholarship are awarded to CCAD students each year based on merit.


This scholarship is awarded through the Columbus Foundation to a graduating senior or graduates of the Columbus Public Schools who are currently employed either part- or full-time.


Mr. Christopher Haines has been a supporter of CCAD scholarship and study abroad opportunities throughout the years. He created this scholarship in 2005 to be awarded to a sculpture or photography student of undergrad or graduate level, with a mid-level GPA and who shows great promise.


Cheryl Bricker Ciampa created the Daniel Bricker Memorial Scholarship fund in memory of her father Daniel. Daniel passed away during Cheryl's senior year of high school and had always supported and encouraged her to attend CCAD. Cheryl followed her dreams and graduated from CCAD in Advertising & Graphic Design.

The Daniel Bricker Scholarship recognizes one Advertising & Graphic Design student each year.


Susan Earl established this CCAD scholarship in the names of her father, the late F. Dean Earl ('29) and her daughter, Kelly Earl Hollingsworth ('95).

Mr. Earl attended CCAD in the late 1920s when it was known as the Columbus Art School. His successful career culminated in forming Jaeger and Earl Creative Art, Inc. in 1951. The firm's clients included General Electric Company, Esquire magazine, and J.C. Penny Company.

From the time his granddaugther, Kelly, was three years old; she worked with her grandmother in his studio. According to Susan Earl, "The fact that Kelly graduated from CCAD would have made him very proud. He always spoke happily about his time in art school. My father was, of course, generous to charities, but he also gave to individuals who needed a little help. He especially enjoyed helping someone to follow a dream."

Each year, this scholarship is awarded to a promising student in the School of Studio Arts.


The Edward G. & Maxine Tracy Scholarship help at The Columbus Foundation was established to commemorate the life-long interest of both Edward and Maxine Tracy in the visual arts. Each year the fund provides a scholarship for a CCAD student who graduated from the Columbus Public Schools.


The late Helen Winnemore was the proprietor of Helen Winnemore Craft, the well-known gift shop located at the corner of Mohawk and Kossuth in German Village in Columbus. For more than 50 years, Helen ran her shop that promoted handcrafts special one-of-a-kind gifts of art, from high-ticket glass, wood, and ceramics to textiles, jewelry and exquisite Christmas ornaments. It is still in operation in the same location. When she began her business out of her home in the early 1940's, it was a unique retail experiment. She first sold crafts created by her artists friends and eventually expanded her fund for new art through the country. To many, she was recognized as the mother of the retail craft movement.

Long-time friends Frances Shawn and Mary Lou Alpert initiated the first Helen Winnemore Scholarship at CCAD in 1991 to honor Helen on her 91st birthday. The scholarship fund was augmented at her death in 1996 by a bequest to CCAD. Through the scholarship, Helen continues to help artists.

Two scholarships are funded each year in Helen Winnemore's name, both for Fine Arts students.


The Lowell Tolstedt Scholarship was funded by alumna and former Board of Trustee member, Pamela Workman and her husband Thomas. They wanted to honor a wonderful professor at CCAD. Mr. Lowell Tolstedt is a Fine Arts professor emeritus, retired from CCAD after more than 35 years and serving as dean of the division of Fine Arts since 1981. He has work in a number of collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Evansville Museum of Art, and the Minnesota Museum of Art.

The Lowell Tolstedt Scholarship is awarded to a student of at least sophomore standing majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis on drawing. There is a Lowell Tolstedt Prize awarded each spring as well.


The Ohio Film Group (OFG) is a state-of-the-art animation facility located in Columbus, Ohio. OFG and CCAD work closely in partnership to provide opportunities for students, including through the Ohio Film Group Scholarship.

"OFG is excited to bring its talent and expertise to Central Ohio," said Leonard Hartman, President and Chief Operating Officer, OFG. "It's a natural fit for us to work with a respected institution like CCAD, which gives us the opportunity to expose budding filmmakers to some of the leading technology and professionals in the industry."

This scholarship focuses on students enrolled in the Film & Video and/or Animation programs at CCAD, who intend to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.


Susan R. Scherer has been an avid supporter of CCAD for many years. She has funded everything from scholarships, the MFA program, glass projects, and is a current member of the CCAD President's Circle. She is dedicated to the CCAD mission and has continually supported the college in any way that she can. The scholarship was set up to ensure students were financially supported during their time at CCAD.

The Susan R. Scherer Scholarship Fund recognizes one deserving student each year.


The Tween Brands, Inc. Endowed Scholarship Fund was first awarded during the 2012-13 academic year, but the company has been funding scholarships at CCAD since 2002. Tween Brands' has over 950 stores with their headquarters located in central Ohio. They have many CCAD alumni working at their headquarters in a variety of roles. Tween Brands, Inc., formerly known as Limited Too, Inc. and Too, Inc., operated Justice and Brothers branded stores targeted towards the tween market. Since 2009, the company has been a part of Ascena Retail Group.

The Tween Brands Scholarships are awarded to CCAD seniors majoring in Fashion Design or Advertising & Graphic Design.


The Wolfe family has been an integral part of the Columbus community since Robert F. Wolfe arrived in Columbus in 1888. In 1903, he bought the Ohio State Journal with his brother, Harry, and in 1905 acquired The Columbus Dispatch, which stayed in the Wolfe family until 2015.

Wolfe Associates is the organization that manages the company's philanthropic endeavors. The scholarship was established in 1998 to give economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to pursue a degree at CCAD in the graphic arts. The scholarship is awarded through The Columbus Foundation for promising Advertising & Graphic Design students who have financial need.


Born in Columbus in 1940, Aminah Robinson grew up certain that she would be an artist. Her artistic development began at the age of three under her father's guidance. In 1955, she began taking Saturday Morning Art Classes at CCAD (then the Columbus Art School), then formally enrolled as an undergraduate in 1957. She was given an honorary master's degree in 1991 by then-President Joseph V. Canzani.

In 2004, Robinson was (in her words) stunned to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, a no-strings-attached $500,000 award commonly known as the "genius grant." The MacArthur Foundation described her work as "Homeric in content, quantity, and scale."

After her passing in 2015, Aminah left a bequest to CCAD to set up an endowed scholarship in her name. Each year, it is awarded to one upper-class student with strong skill and academic standing, and financial hardship beyond the reach of financial aid, with a preference for students from Central Ohio.


In 2006, Bernard Stockwell's son Dave and daughter Laurie seeded a scholarship in honor of their father's birthday and in recognition of his long-term association with CCAD as a 1948 graduate, faculty, and dean. Later that year, The LeFevre Foundation agreed to endow the fund.

The Bernard R. Stockwell Industrial Design Scholarship is awarded to one Industrial Design student each year.


Charles Hall was a talented and popular faculty member at CCAD. Charles passed away in the fall of 2002. His wife, Linda Carey, established this memorial scholarship with the generous support of many friends and colleagues who had the good fortune to have known him. Charles was an Associate Professor of Fine Arts and taught figure drawing and painting. He earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Arizona.

The Charles Hall Memorial Scholarship recognizes one student who has exceptional painting skills each year.


This scholarship was created by John Bock, M.D. of Columbus to recognize Mr. Chuck Herndon. Mr. Herndon, who retired from the CCAD faculty in 2007, witnessed the nighttime crash of a small plane into Lake Erie on Labor Day of 2007. The plane had gone down almost immediately after take-off from Kelleys Island Municipal Airport. Herndon jumped into a small boat, rowed out to the crash site and pulled out a seven-year old Lima boy, who was treading water. Tragically, the boy's father and nine-year old brother died in the accident. Herndon, who taught sculpture and drawing for 34 years, owns a gallery on Kelleys Island featuring his paintings, sculpture, and photographs.

This scholarship recognizes one talented Fine Arts student preferably in the area of sculpture.


Daniel Durkee was a 1997 CCAD graduate in Advertising & Graphic Design. Less than a year after graduation, he passed away at the age of 22. Danny was loved by everyone for his wonderful sense of humor and his charming nature. He was extremely artistic, but was also known for his physical abilities as an avid skateboarder, biker, snowboarder, and whitewater rafter. His parents, Ted and Fran Durkee, established a scholarship with the generous assistance of friends and family. They continue to fund it annually.

The Daniel Durkee Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an Advertising & Graphic Design student each year.


Design Group, Inc. is a Columbus based design firm that specializes in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, design-build, and 3-D visualization. Design Group has been a longtime supporter of CCAD, including this endowed scholarship established in 2000.

This scholarship is awarded annually to one talented Interior Design student.


The Krumm family has been avid supporters of CCAD for many years. They established the Elizabeth & Tahlman Krumm Endowed Scholarship in 2005. They have added to the endowment over the years to increase the annual gift amount awarded as well as helping fund a variety of other CCAD projects over the years.

Dr. Tahlman Krumm served on the CCAD Board of Trustees from 2002-2011.

This scholarship recognizes a student who displays great merit in their work as well as having financial need.


Jean Stearns was a CCAD Interior Design student from Littleton, Colorado in 1999 when she died tragically. Her parents, Larry and Linda Stearns, established an endowment fund to memorialize Jean. With the generous contributions of family and friends, the Jean Stearns Memorial Scholarship has been fully endowed.

One award each year is made to a junior Interior Design student with financial need.


Joseph V. Canzani, Columbus College of Art & Design's former President, spent one-half century teaching, inspiring, and disciplining hundreds of student artists and designers. When Mr. Canzani came to Columbus in 1949, the Columbus Art School consisted of 30 students, two teachers, and one staff member, and was housed in one building, Beaton Hall. When he retired in 1995, he had created a nationally recognized accredited college with an enrollment of over 1,500, and accomplished faculty, and a campus consisting of 15 well-equipped buildings.

It was Mr. Canzani's vision to create and advance the foundation studies curriculum that continues to set CCAD apart from other art and design schools. A prolific artist, a visionary leader, and a dynamic administrator all describe him, but most of all, he was a teacher. At the dedication of the Joseph V. Canzani Center building in 1993, Board of Trustee President Melvin L. Schottenstein said, "CCAD is CCAD because of Joseph Canzani. He has found success because his philosophy is simple: provide sound fundamentals in art and design and strive for excellence." Mr. Canzani passed away in 2008,

This Joseph V. Canzani Scholarship recognizes one outstanding upper-class student each year.


The donor to the Mary M. Lane Scholarship fund, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a close friend of CCAD and has long been a dedicated supporter. The donor (along with some close family members) established and funded this scholarship for students who were studying abroad.

This scholarship is awarded to CCAD students in good academic standing who have artistic merit & financial need, as well as having been accepted in the study abroad program.


The Pamela Workman Endowed Scholarship was funded by alumna and former Board of Trustee member Pamela Workman and her husband Thomas. Pamela believes CCAD had the single greatest impact on her life and for that reason wanted to support other students who were studying here. She said, "My whole life, I wanted to attend CCAD, [but] I wasn't able to afford it until I was in my 40s. I just want to make it possible for others to do it sooner. It's a learning environment; an enveloping atmosphere. Once one has experienced CCAD, it's a life bubble‒it goes with you."

The Pamela Workman Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a student of at least sophomore standing majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis on painting. There is a Pamela Workman Prize awarded each spring after a painting competition.


Suzie Edwards and her husband, Peter Edwards, are long-time supporters of CCAD and the arts. Mrs. Edwards served on the CCAD Board of Trustees from 1984-1997.

Mr. Edwards is the Chairman for Edwards Companies which is widely recognized for its creative approach to addressing the myriad challenges in real estate development and construction. Privately held and family owned since 1959, Edwards Companies serves as a holding company for a collection of operating entities engaged in the various facets of real estate. Over the years, the company has built an excess of 30,000 residential housing units.

This scholarship is awarded annually to one talented Interior Design student.


Mr. William "Bill" Belhorn was a long-time employee of CCAD working in the Business Office. He passed away at 58 years old in April of 2007 after a battle with cancer. Bill was a Vietnam veteran, a nature lover and conservationist, as well as being a dedicated father and grandfather. The scholarship was originally an annual scholarship until his death in which it was endowed by Bill's life insurance policy, Mrs. Christine Belhorn, and many of Bill's friends.

The William & Christine Belhorn Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a full-time (of at least sophomore standing) Fine Arts student.


The scholarship was funded by Mr. Paul D. Allen, M.D., Ph.D. in memory of his wife Ann Hughes Allen. Ann was an alumna of CCAD and was a strong advocate of the arts throughout her life. Ann met her husband, Paul, in 1968 on a train in Austria while she was on vacation from CCAD. After a whirlwind courtship, they married that October. Following the birth of their two children, Hilary and Caitlin, Ann completed her studies at CCAD in 1976 receiving her BFA. She immediately set up her studio and was an active artist for many years. She was also very involved in her community, an avid travel, and boxer dog lover. She was also a devoted mother and grandmother. Ann's life was cut short after losing her long struggle with type 1 diabetes in 2006.

The Ann Hughes Allen Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a female Fine Arts student preferably in the area of printmaking who has children. There is a memorial plaque in the printmaking studio to commemorate Ann and each scholarship recipient.


The CCAD Creative Excellence Scholarship was created by the William H. Davis, Dorothy M. Davis, and William C. Davis Foundation. William H. Davis was a prominent businessman who built his fortune through real estate development and investments. He founded Davis & Son, Inc., which develops single-family homes, shopping centers, and apartment buildings in central Ohio. Mr. Davis died in 1984. His son, William C. (Bill) Davis, continued the company and served as chairman of the board until his death in 1991. Bill Davis laid the groundwork for the family's foundation when he established a donor advised fund at The Columbus Foundation in 1988. Former owner and charman of Davis Enterprises, Dorothy M. Davis was active in the central Ohio and Fort Lauderdale, Florida communities. She established the Dorothy M. Davis Chair in Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and the William H. Davis Chair in the American Free Enterprise System at The Ohio State University. Mrs. Davis served on the board of trustees of the Capital Area Humane Society and The Ohio State University Foundation. She was a supporter of the Royal Dames of Cancer Research and Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. Mrs. Davis was chairman and president of the Davis Foundation until her death in 1996.

The Davis family has a long history of philanthropy within the central Ohio community and has had an interest in CCAD for many years. The scholarship was endowed in 2009 by the Davis Foundation during CCAD's Creative Drive Campaign. This scholarship is awarded annually to upper class students with financial need, but are also in good academic standing.


The Charles W. Hinson Scholarship is named for the man who is credited with interpreting Les Wexner's vision of what a women's sportswear store should look like. During his 38 year career with The Limited, Inc., Charlie designed and built more than 5,200 stores starting with the very first Limited store at Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington. His retail design concepts included EXPRESS, Victoria's Secret, Structure, Limited Too, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Gaylan's, and Cacique. He retired from The Limited in 2001.

Charlie, Charlene, and their children created the Hinson Family Trust to assist with their own charitable contributions and involve the 10 Hinson grandchildren in the process of giving back to the community. The Hinson Family Trust established the Charles W. Hinson Scholarship at CCAD in 2000.

This scholarship recognizes one outstanding student (entering at least their second year) in a field related to retail that also has financial need (with a preference to someone from the Columbus Public Schools).


The CMH Fashion Week Scholarship was established as an annual scholarship in 2013 by CMH Fashion Week with additional funding from Saks and Capital Style. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding senior fashion student.

CMH Fashion Week was founded in Columbus by Mr. Thomas McClure who currently serves as their executive director. The week-long event occurs each October to highlight and put a national spotlight on Columbus' fashion industry. The CMH Fashion Week includes a bridal event, a high-tea, and ends with an astonishing runway show. CMH Fashion Week provides a platform to promote local designers, talent, and businesses. Each year multiple CCAD graduates have participated in the weeklong event.


Dawson Kellogg, who passed away in 2014, led CCAD's glass department for over 17 years. He was known to strive for excellence, not only for his students, but for himself as well. After his passing, a scholarship was set up in his name to honor his service at CCAD.

The Dawson Kellogg Scholarship fund allows the glass director to send up to four undergraduate students to attend the Pilchuck School of Glass, Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Crafts, or any summer glass program identified.


Edith Smilack was an alumna of CCAD who went on to become a faculty member. She was the chair of the sculpture department for a few years and introduced bronze casting at CCAD. She passed away in 2002 and her sons, Michael and Stephen Smilack, created an endowed fund to honor their mother. The fund was originally used to support an emerging leadership program which was eventually eliminated from the CCAD curriculum. The fund was then used to support this endowed scholarship.

The Edith Smilack Endowed Scholarship recognizes one Fine Arts student annually that has both outstanding merit and financial need.


The Gertrude Prize for Art History was established by an anonymous donor to recognize CCAD's top Art History student each year. Gertrude is the name of the donor's mother.


The Jeff and Jeanne Hilson Scholarship fund at The Columbus Foundation was created in 2006 by Jeanne Rees Hilson in memory of her husband, Jeff F. Hilson, Jr. Mr. Hilson worked for AT&T for many years and Mrs. Hilson retired from Columbus Public Schools, where she worked in the Gifted and Talented program for grades K-12.

The Jeff Faulkner Hilson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded to CCAD junior or senior students who have financial need, but also artistic potential and contributed to the community.


Mrs. Loann Crane created the Loann & Robert Crane Endowed Scholarship in 2009 to support CCAD students. Mrs. Crane is a well-known philanthropist who has been integrated in the CCAD community for years, formerly a CCAD Board of Trustee member. The Crane family has been the benficiary for many CCAD projects, scholarships, and the Loann Crance Center for Design. She was married to Mr. Robert Crane who was the former chairman for Crane Plastics for 27 years.

The Loann & Robert Crane Endowed Scholarship recognizes one talented CCAD student each year.


Mary Mitchell endowed a scholarship at CCAD in memory of her mother, Martha M. Morton, a self-taught illustrator with a life-long interest in art. She wanted others to be able to pursue their artistic studies early in their career.

This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need as well as merit to a student in visual communication.


The Paul & Billie Sloan Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by Rocky and Suzy Saxbe. Rocky Saxbe was a member of the CCAD Board of Trustees from 1999-2008, serving as Chairman for multiple years. Mr. Saxbe is currently an attorney in Columbus as well as a former politician. The establishment of this scholarship is just one example of the Saxbe's commitment to the growth and continued development of CCAD.

The Paul & Billie Sloan Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one Interior Design student who has shown exceptional promise.


Timothy Neese was a central Ohio interior designer who attended Saturday Morning Art Classes at CCAD in 1931 while a seventh grader in the Grandview Heights Public Schools. He attended Saturday classes for three years during the depression, riding a streetcar from Grandview to downtown to the art gallery. He established the Timothy Neese Scholarship to honor his former art teacher, Emily Cole Humphrey, who instilled in him a lifelong love for the arts. Mr. Neese passed away in 2001.

The Timothy Neese Scholarship is awarded to one CCAD Interior Design student each year.


Wilma J. Cecil was an accomplished jewelry designer and craftsman. She spent years dedicated to her craft including teaching jewelry making at the Jewish Center. Mrs. Cecil created The Wilma J. Cecil Scholarship upon her death in 2010 when she passed away at 86 years old.

The Wilma J. Cecil Scholarship is awarded to a CCAD student studying jewelry design who has completed at least one year of study at CCAD and who maintains a GPA of at least 3.0.