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Graphic Design Students Place First and Second in AAF’s Annual Don Nichols Scholarship Competition

Each year, AAF Buffalo hosts the Don Nichols Scholarship Competition.

The theme for this year’s competition was “Refugees,” and participants had to adhere to the following guidelines: The news has been filled with coverage of refugees. Men, women and children. Seeking asylum from war-torn countries, hoping for the chance at a better life somewhere else. Some countries welcome refugees with open arms, other countries are imposing limits on the number of refugees they are willing to accept. What’s your take on this situation? What do you believe can be done to help? Bring to life your thoughts and opinions in any medium you choose.  (AAF Buffalo.)

Entrants were able to submit any form of creative work, including advertisements, poems, illustrations, photographs and more. Macintosh compatible multi-media, three-dimensional pieces or reproduction quality prints were also accepted. Entries were accepted from any undergraduate student studying design, writing, communications, illustration, photography, or fine arts at any Western New York college.

This year’s first place winner was Katie Giglia, ’19.















This year’s second place winner was Erika Tozzo, ’18, 















Congratulations to Katie, Erika, and everyone who submitted work for consideration. For more information on AAF Buffalo, or the Don Nichols Scholarship, visit