This year, two MAIP interns were awarded an ANA Multicultural Excellence Scholarship -- and one of them was Chris Villanueva BIC '15. The $2,500 scholarships, which are funded with proceeds from the Association of National Advertisers’ (ANA) Multicultural Excellence Awards, are granted on the basis of demonstrated academic ability and community involvement.
Chris received the award in front of 500 industry people, composed of MAIP interns, alumni, and industry professionals of all levels during the Diversity Leadership Luncheon at the 4A's Face of Talent event. The Face of Talent is a two-day symposium that celebrates, challenges, and connects MAIP interns and industry professionals through an interactive forum, leadership luncheon, career fair, and evening reception. It provides an optimal platform to recognize talented multicultural individuals and agencies committed to diversity, as well as honor rising stars from 2014 MAIP.
Winning this award was especially sweet for Chris who interned at TBWA's creative department this summer as a MAIP intern. When the ANA Multicultural Scholarship was announced, Doug Melville, Chief Diversity Officer at TBWA\Worldwide, who was in the audience, proudly tweeted about it on behalf of TBWA\Chiat\Day.
The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) provides leadership that advances marketing excellence and shapes the future of the industry. Founded in 1910, ANA's membership includes nearly 600 companies with 10,000 brands that collectively spend over $250 billion in marketing and advertising. The ANA pursues “collaborative mastery” that advances the interests of marketers and promotes and protects the well-being of the marketing community.