The VCU Brandcenter in Richmond kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration with the announcement of new scholarships totaling $50,000. The VCU Brandcenter Excellence Scholarship will award one $10,000 scholarship for the 2016-17 school year to an applicant in each of its five tracks: art direction, copywriting, creative brand management, experience design and strategy.

In addition, several VCU Brandcenter alums had a hand in other ads that made the Adweek top-10 list. They include 2005 alums Ray Del Savio and Jerry Hoak of Droga5, which produced the No. 10 spot, “Friends Furever” for Android; Brandon Thornton (2009) and Derek Szynal (2008) of Wieden + Kennedy for Nike’s “Short a Guy” (No. 9); and 2011 alums Sam Dolphin and Michael Hagos of Goodby Silverstein & Partners for Comcast’s “Emily’s Oz” (No. 3).

(The No. 1 ad campaign of 2015, stated Adweek, was created by The Martin Agency in Richmond for GEICO, which is based in Chevy Chase, Md.  According to Adweek, the campaign “was simple, clever, funny and innovative. It used creativity and humor to sidestep a seemingly intractable problem in a heavily used medium—YouTube preroll.”  You can check out our post about the GEICO spot here.)

For more news related to Richmond’s communications community, check out this wrap-up from Richmond BizSense.

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