Monica Magana, 21, was one of two Laguna College of Art and Design students who received the Festival of Arts Foundation Scholarship for 2013-2014. These funds allowed her to stay on track for graduation in 2015.
“When I first toured campus, I knew this was the place,” she said. “But when I was accepted, my family and I weren’t sure we could afford it. The financial aid package of scholarships, grants and loans opened the door for me and I love the opportunity to live and study in Laguna Beach.”
Magana is majoring in illustration with an emphasis in fine art painting. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles and Orange County. Not only have these scholarship funds covered tuition, but they have also helped her with materials to complete her work as well as the opportunity to meet leading artists in her field of study.
“Federico D’Alessandro, the lead storyboard artist for Marvel, came to campus for a presentation and afterwards, I told him that this was exactly what I want to do,” Magana said. “He asked me to send my portfolio and helped me develop a body of work and website that steered me in the right direction.”
“By grounding our students in the fundamentals of fine art training, they graduate into careers in the fine arts as well as the state’s growing industries in animation, graphic design, action sports design, illustration and game art,” said President Jonathan Burke, who described the foundation as a valuable partner in providing much needed financial support.
To date, the foundation cumulatively has awarded over $3 million for student scholarships to the college, which was co-founded by Festival Arts’ exhibitor and philanthropist Nellie Gail Moulton.