Holiday card contest carries $500 scholarship

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Last year’s winning card by Kathryn Ramirez.  File

Last year’s winning card by Kathryn Ramirez. File

Entries should reflect uniqueness of this college, coordinator says.

By M.J. Callahan

For more than 15 years, the president’s holiday card design scholarship competition has been offering students a chance to get a little extra money for the holidays.

Last year’s grand prize winner Kathryn Ramirez, education sophomore, received the $500 scholarship with her card of snowmen caroling.

Robin Collett, project coordinator and assistant to the president, gave insight into what the committee is look for in the winning design.

“We like to see something that reflects something about SAC, more then just a holiday image,” she said.

The judging committee includes President Robert Zeigler; Dr. Robert Vela, vice president of academic and student success, and Vanessa Torres, director of public relations.

Collett encourages students to be creative. “In the past, we have had the planetarium, we have had the Chance building, the Koehler house one year — all different scenes of SAC.”

The card is used as an invitation to the president’s holiday gathering Dec. 6 in Koehler Cultural Center.

Every year, the college has the gathering on the first Friday of December to thank employees for their hard work during the year.

The scholarship will be presented at the event. The recipient will receive design credit on the card while Alamo Colleges will retain exclusive reproduction rights.

Collett said only about 20 entries are usually submitted so students’ chances of winning are high.

The competition is open to all students at this college. The card must be 5 inches by 7 inches and the design must be suitable for color printing. Die cuts, foil stamping and embossed effects are not allowed.

Entries should be finished and applicable to digital or offset printing.

Entries may be mounted on any size matte board or in a manila envelope.

Computer-generated entries must be saved to a flash drive, zip disk or CD along with all fonts and links. The file format should be Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, PageMaker or Quick Xpress for PC or Mac.

Entries must be turned in by 4 p.m. Oct. 18. The entry form is available in the president’s suite in Room 323 of Fletcher Administration Center.

The winner will be notified by telephone or ACES email by Oct. 23. After the winning entry is selected, the student must present the design in a format ready for printing.

For more information, call Collett 210-486-0956 or email:


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