Scholarship Program > 2021-22 Winners


Out of 170 applications from 72 schools across the US as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, and the Philippines during the 2021-2022 program, the WIA scholarship committee selected these 18 amazing students as most deserving of scholarships, in addition to 18 students as honorable mentions. The announcement was made at the 2022 BRIC Summit on February 11-12, 2022. Special thanks to WIA’s sponsors: Animation FocusAnimation MentorAutodeskFoundryLaikaToon BoomWacom, and the WIA Bay Area and Montreal chapters for making this year’s program possible!


Ollie Yao

School of Visual Arts

I am a 3D look development artist based in New York obsessed with finding cool things and seeing how they work. In my spare time I enjoy going to ballet class, longboarding, and making my own clothes!

Irida Zhonga

University of Groningen

I am a Greek Animation Director specializing in stop motion and 2D/mixed media techniques, currently based in the Netherlands and studying a Research MA in Arts, Media, and Literary Studies with a specialization in film and animation. I find animation as a great medium to comment on the world in which we live and produce believable worlds no matter how surreal or strange they may seem. My hope is to create stories that entertain and inspire people to be their true selves!

Jennifer Wu

Sheridan College

Jennifer Wu is a Chinese-Canadian animation student at Sheridan College currently pursuing a career in visual development and character design. However, she loves all parts of film-making and has experience in production management, storyboarding, animation, compositing and more. Outside of films, Jennifer enjoys leading collaborative projects with friends, teaching, trying new recipes and thinking of funny stories to tell.

Laura Alejandra Correal Cardenas

Savannah College of Art and Design

Laura is a Colombian Animation junior at SCAD, passionate about visual development, color, and set design. She is drawn to whimsical stories, nature and loves avocados and her two cats dearly. Upon graduating, she hopes to participate in projects that promote positivity, respect, and social inclusion for kids.

Jennifer Nie

California Institute of The Arts

Jennifer Nie is a film maker, designer, and illustrator based in Los Angeles. She loves to draw fun pictures and work with colors.

Yulong Jones

Ringling College of Art And Design

Yulong Jones is a CG Generalist with a focus in look development and texturing currently based in Sarasota, Florida. As a Black and Asian woman, intentional representation is a pillar of her artwork. Her love for animation as a medium is ever evolving as it is a marriage between her favorite hobbies growing up (painting, theater, dancing, etc).

Anna Dinh

California State University Long Beach

I am a Vietnamese-American visual development artist and illustrator with a passion for visual storytelling. My work primarily revolves around my love for color, light, and landscapes.

Joy Zhou

Sheridan College

Hi! I’m Joy, and I grew up coast-to-coast in Boston, Massachusetts and the San Francisco Bay Area! I’m a story artist and character designer currently studying animation at Sheridan College. I love telling stories, making people laugh, cooking without a recipe, and writing cheesy pun poetry.

Kaiyun Yang

California Institute of the Arts

Kyky Yang is a Taiwanese story artist and a BFA4 Character Animation student in Calarts. She does comedy, action and her work always tries to bridge the Eastern mind with global audiences.

Vanessa Schneider

Animationsinstitut of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

My name is Vanessa Schneider, and I study Character Animation at Animationsinstut of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany. My passion for acting and stories inspired me to become an Animator by telling stories through a character who is thinking and moving. If I’m not animating, I spend my time making music.

Lou Thoby

Ecole MoPA – Motion Pictures in Arles

My name is Lou Thoby, and I am a 3D animation and filmmaking student from MoPA school, based in Arles, France. I am passionate about art, especially when it comes to story-telling, colors and lighting. I love making images, as well as thinking about how to achieve the look I am heading for.

Anya Butler

California Institute of the Arts

Anya is a British/Russian/American artist and animator currently studying at CalArts. She is inspired by her upbringing in the English countryside and old Soviet cartoons. Her work is whimsical, surreal and a little melancholy.

Bekka Goldstein

Ringling College of Art and Design

My name is Bekka Goldstein and I am currently studying Computer Animation at Ringling College. I am passionate about 3D modeling and digital sculpting and enjoy creating assets that bring stories to life. I strive to one day contribute to the impactful animations that inspire me. In doing so, I hope to empower other female artists to pursue artistic careers and never give up on their dreams.

Chelsea Ortega

School of Visual Arts

I’m Chelsea Ortega and I’m a Filipino 2D animation student studying at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. I want to showcase beauty and spectacle while capturing the quieter moments in life as a storyboard artist and animator. With a focus on the supernatural and magical, I’m passionate about creating stories that people can escape to and find a little piece of home in.

Daphne Reynolds

Ringling College of Art and Design

Daphne Reynolds is an animation student at Ringling College of Art and Design, specializing in lighting and set modeling. Daphne has a strong passion for leadership and DEI efforts. When she’s not working on CG work, she is a student worker at the school’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, a member on multiple Diversity & Inclusion Committees, and the President of the Students of Color Alliance Club at Ringling, which provides a safe space for students of color at a PWI.

Elena Fazio

Ringling College of Art and Design

My name is Elena Fazio and I am currently studying computer animation at Ringling College of Art and Design. I am a passionate animator who loves bringing characters to life through unique, fun, and nuanced performances. After graduating, I hope to collaborate with other amazing artists in my field and have the chance to grow my skills as an animator!

Nomin Ochir

Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

Mongolian story artist striving to work in feature animation. I am currently a senior 2D Animation student studying at RMCAD. I love making stories with my friends and supporting my peers!

Meghan Graham

San Jose State University

Meghan Graham is a stop-motion fabricator and multimedia animator currently studying at San Jose State University. When she isn’t going to school, doing freelance stop-motion, or working as a professional time machine operator she is completing her duties as Vice President of the Shrunkenheadman Animation Club and making funky creations which she sells on Esty.


Viviane Feltrin – Think Tank Training Centre

Claire Foxworth – Laguna College of Art and Design

Stefie Gan – University Of Southern California

Alyah Hijar – Savannah College of Art and Design

Malwina Jablonska – Glasgow Caledonian University

Mary Lindstrom – School of Visual Arts

Ke Yu Liu – ArtCenter College of Design

Emily Mah – Drexel University

Anya Martin – California Institute of the Arts

Dane Ronsayro – Ateneo de Manila University

Violette Talalaeff – Ecole MoPA – Motion Pictures in Arles

Michelle Tang – California Institute of the Arts

Yisel Tapia – San Jose State University

Melanie Tikhonova – Sheridan College

Yuen Wang – Ringling College of Art and Design

Kamilah Wong – Savannah College of Art and Design

Johanna Xue – New York University

Shyaoman Zhang – Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

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