Kelly Phan is winner of 2021 Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship

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Monday, June 28th, 2021

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that Kelly Phan of Lancaster, a junior Graphic Design major, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Mary Colleen Heil Presidential Scholarship. Kelly’s participation in College and department activities and her professionalism led to the recommendation for the scholarship.

According to Pam Barby, Chair of PCA&D’s Graphic Design Department, Kelly Phan’s “talent and dedication to her work are highly recognized by faculty and her peers. She gives 200% to each project she designs…going above and beyond requirements. Kelly’s receptiveness to critique and art direction is admirable as she always strives for doing the best work possible.”

Phan’s involvement as an intern with the College’s Gallery “has challenged her creative process and proved she is capable of working with a team of very different individuals and their concepts,” said Barby. Additionally, Phan has worked as a Writing Center tutor to her peers.

Phan has worked as a volunteer designer in the College’s annual Designathon event to benefit local non-profit organizations. As an active member of the student group American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Barby said, Phan has “solidified her commitment and leadership in the design field.”

This scholarship award was established by the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2018 to honor President Emeritus Mary Colleen Heil in recognition of her 25 years of leadership and dedication to the College.

The scholarship is awarded annually to an exceptional rising junior student who has been identified by the Dean of the Faculty in consultation with the Department Chairs.

Photo credit: Aidan Thackray ’22, Illustration