EDSF’s “The Future is Bright” Awareness Campaign continues with a salute to its volunteers. For the next several weeks, you will meet the wonderful people that are vital to EDSF’s many programs.
This week, we talk with Bruce Murray, chair of the EDSF Scholarship Selection Committee, who answers questions about the EDSF scholarship program and introduces the other committee members.
Murray has 30 years of experience in marketing, communications and sales, including over 15 years in the electronic document management industry. Murray has been with Systemware, Inc., a leading electronic document management software firm, for the past 13 years, most recently as a market specialist. He holds an MBA in marketing from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA, from where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
DN: Please tell us about the EDSF scholarship program.
BM: The foundation’s scholarships are awarded to qualified students worldwide who are preparing for careers in this growing and dynamic industry. A minimum of 40 awards are available each year. To date, an impressive 306 scholarships have been awarded worldwide in the following countries: Canada, China, Dubai, Iceland, Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States.
DN: Tell us a little about your role as chairman and the selection process.
BM: My role is to ensure that the review process proceeds smoothly. Since I joined the committee two years ago, the number of scholarship applications has increased 300 percent. This requires a very dedicated committee and a streamlined, effective review process. Once EDSF staff has reviewed the application to make sure all the criteria have been met, a ranking is assigned. Based on these rankings, the top applications are forwarded to the selection committee. The committee members then each independently review each submission. This includes reading their essays and reference letters, reviewing their transcripts along with the student’s professional, educational and extra-curricular activities. The rankings are then combined and a conference call where the selection committee finalizes the scholarships to be awarded.
This is a great time for me to recognize the other members of the committee who give so generously of their time to participate on this committee. They are: Michael Girardeau of CGI, Nancy Jones of DST, Pat McGrew, EDP, of Eastman Kodak Company, Lisa Eddy of Quad Graphics, Mark Hannig of Chubb Commercial Insurance, Carrie Murphy, EDP, of InfoPrint Solutions Company and Ron Dahl, of the Institute for Graphics and Imaging.
DN: How are the EDSF scholarships funded?
BM: The scholarships are funded in many ways.
First, EDSF offers Endowment Funds, which are scholarships established on a permanent basis as a memorial or in recognition of a person, program or organization.
Next, EDSF has Sponsored Funds,, consisting of a specified amount contributed for a scholarship which are paid annually.
Annual awards are gifts donated annually.
Lastly, there are General Contributions. Gifts of any amount are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. Donors may designate a specific scholarship program for their financial gift or give directly to the EDSF Scholarship pool.
DN: How do students apply for a scholarship?
BM: Eligible applicants can apply for EDSF scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year beginning in January 2010. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2010. The criteria along with the application will be available on the EDSF Web site Jan. 1.
To see a listing of contributors to the EDSF scholarship program and to make your tax deductible donation, please visit www.edsf.org. EDSF is a registered 501 (c) 3 non profit organization.
EDSF Scholar of the Day
Anastasiia Solodovnyk, Moscow State University of Printing Arts – OutputLinks Sponsors Scholarship 2009
“I am happy and proud to be the first Russian student to receive an ESDF scholarship. I will use the scholarship towards my master’s degree in construction of printing equipment. A good education will allow me to pursue a career within the printing and graphic communications industry and soon become a sponsor of future ESDF scholarship students.”