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Villa Student Takes Top Spot in AAF Buffalo’s Don Nichols Scholarship Competition for the 6th Consecutive Year

By June 25, 2020June 21st, 2021Graphic Design, Press Release

Kelsey Sikora, a sophomore graphic design student at Villa Maria College, was named the first-place winner of the 2020 Don Nichols Scholarship Competition. Her win marks the sixth consecutive year in which a Villa student has claimed the top spot.

This year’s competition, which was hosted by AAF Buffalo, required students to submit of a reimagined movie poster or trailer. Sikora submitted a design for the post-apocalyptic horror thriller film Bird Box. Kelsey was awarded a $500 scholarship for her efforts.


The scholarship competition was open to all Western New York undergraduates in design, writing, communications, illustration, photography, and fine arts. Entries were judged by a panel of professionals from Crowley Webb.

Zach Huber, ’21, was named the third-place winner. Zach submitted movie poster for “Joker.” He was awarded a $250 scholarship.


Colt McAndrew, ‘22, and Jonathan Murtha, ‘22, were each awarded Honorable Mention for their movie poster designs for Midsommar and Black Hawk Down, respectively.


“As part of our mission and philosophy in the graphic design program at Villa Maria College, we strongly believe it important to provide opportunities for our students to showcase their work,” said Bob Grizanti, professor of graphic design and chair of the art department at Villa. “We’re so very proud of and congratulate Kelsey, Zach, Colt and Jonathon on their recent awards in this year’s Don Nichols Scholarship Competition. It’s a true testament to their hard work, commitment and dedication.”

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