AAF Announces 2015 Most Promising Multicultural Students

Panel of industry judges selected 50 top-tier multicultural students to participate in the upcoming Most Promising Multicultural Students Program.

WASHINGTON, DC– October 31, 2014 – On Tuesday, October 28, eight advertising industry professionals gathered at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) headquarters in Washington, DC to select the 2015 class of Most Promising Multicultural Students (MPMS). This year’s judging panel included representation from Carmichael Lynch, The CDM Group, Deutsch, Leo Burnett, Mary Kay, McCann Worldwide, Omnicom Group and Team Ignition Pancultural Marketing.

The MPMS Program is part of AAF’s initiative to promote diversity and inclusion within the industry. Each year, students from AAF’s 200 college chapters apply for the program, and a group of advertising professionals convene to select a new class of Most Promising students. Selected students participate in a four-day industry immersion program that includes professional development workshops, agency visits and a recruiter’s expo. Most Promising students represent the top of their class and have passionately demonstrated their future success in this industry through internships, leadership activities, community service, innovation and creativity.

“We selected from a pool of some of the most talented and diverse students I’ve come across,” said Christena J. Pyle, Diversity & Inclusion Supervisor with Omnicom Group and 2015 MPMS Judge. “When you start here, with this caliber of talent, what you end up with is a class of students that could very well change our industry. 2015 is not even ready!”

Creating an inclusive advertising industry beginning at the student level has been a priority of the AAF for nearly two decades. AAF offers a myriad of programming that promotes and advances multiculturalism within the advertising industry.

For more information on the Most Promising Multicultural Students Program, please visit our website or contact Kai Jones at kjones@aaf.org.


AAF’s 2015 Most Promising Multicultural Students

Bogart AvilaChapman UniversityAtikh Bana

Grand Valley State University

Dominique Brown

Ithaca College

Seannell Chambers

Lindenwood University

Vanessa Charcas

University of Central Florida

Jasmine Cho

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Meghan Cole

Ringling College of Art and Design

Kendra Croft

University of Texas at Austin

Jennifer Dillon

Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge

Jewell Donaldson

Columbia College Chicago

Ebony Francis

University of Missouri-Columbia

Aura Franco

University of Florida

Maritza Hayes

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Peter Inouye

Brigham Young University

Brittany Johnson

Florida State University

Reshma Kharawla

Pace University

Jairus Steven Kiyonaga

Hawaii Pacific University

Remi Kohno

Chaminade University of Honolulu

James Ledesma

Washington State University

Jackson Liang

Baruch College

Sarah Lister

Johnson & Wales University

Jenna Liu

University of Illinois

Jerry Louis

City College of New York

Jacqueline Lozano

Pennsylvania State University

Marquis Mahoney

Howard University

Aizya McGeePennsylvania State UniversityEvan Miguel

University of Missouri-Saint Louis

Liana Miller

University of South Carolina

Alexis Mood

University of South Carolina

Marisa Moody

Elon University

Helena Murphy

Ithaca College

Emily Myers

Syracuse University

Victoria Nguyen

Pace University

Lisa Papada

Art Institute of California-San Diego

Jake Quintanilla

Texas Tech University

Andrea Rivera

Louisiana State University

Andrea Ruano

Lindenwood University

Alan Sanchez

University of Illinois

Madeline Schulte

Washington State University

Nicholas Sena

Texas Christian University

Amisha Sisodiya

George Washington University

Kristen Sugihara

Art Institute of California-San Diego

Anthony Tovar

University of Missouri-Columbia

Erin Turner

Elon University

Miles Ukaoma

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Saumya Wali

University of Texas at Austin

Juwan Wedderburn

University of Oregon

Jordan Wheeler

Brigham Young University

Valeen Wilson

University of Central Florida

Andrea Windmeyer

Texas State University-San Marcos

Applications Now Open: 2015 Most Promising Multicultural Students Program

Most Promising Multicultural Students

The AAF’s Most Promising Multicultural Students (MPMS) program connects the advertising industry with the nation’s top minority college seniors. This premier event provides opportunities to recruit fresh talent, to further prepare advertising’s best young prospects and to help the industry’s workforce better reflect the multiculturalism of today’s society. The program not only honors the students, but enhances their knowledge and understanding of the advertising industry by offering networking, interviewing and industry immersion opportunities with industry professionals.

2015 MPMS Program
February 1-4, 2015
Roosevelt Hotel New York
45 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017

Important Information

The deadline for applications is Friday, October 3, 2014.

Visit AAF.org for More Information

AAF Greenville Student Receives $1,000 District 3 Diversity Scholarship

Leah Garrett

The American Advertising Federation District 3 (AAF D3) leadership committee recently named Leah Garrett as the 2014 AAF D3 Diversity Scholarship recipient. Garrett will receive a check for $1,000 to be used for post-secondary education.

Garrett is a graduate of Woodmont High School and is enrolled at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. At Woodmont, Garrett served as the editor of the “Cat Tales” yearbook and as president of the BETA club. Leah is also a member of her local AAF chapter’s Diversity Committee. To better her community, she works diligently with local charities and school initiatives to develop advertising campaigns.

Garrett’s English teacher, Selene McAllster, described her as a driven young woman. “She works hard for the BETA club, her church and the community because she honestly wants to make a difference in people’s lives,” McAllster said. “She correctly understands the value of real education, that which is learned both inside and beyond the walls of the classroom.”

Previously, Garrett was selected to participate in AAF Greenville’s 2013 Minority High School Internship program. This program is part of a national initiative designed to provide students with a hands-on experience in the advertising and communications fields. Selected students complete a two-week summer internship at various local host organizations. In addition to receiving $500 for college, the interns are also eligible for the chance to receive the $1,000 district-level scholarship.

AAF-RDU Wins the 2013 AAF Mosaic Award

AAF-RDU wins the 2013 AAF Mosaic Award for Best Multiethnic Student Program for its diversity initiative What We Do, You Can Too! (WWDUC2)

Diversity Scholarship Winners for 2012-2013

2013 AAF D3 $1,000 Diversity Scholarship Winner:

Nicole Robertshaw (pictured above)

Local AAF Affiliate Club Winners:
2013 AAF-RDU $500 Scholarship Winner
LaKeeda Johnson

2013 AAF Greenville $500 Scholarship Winners
Leah K. Garett & Yeny A. Maldonado

2013 AAF of the Midlands Scholarship Winner:
Chardonnay Ismail

2013 AAF Greenville Scholarship Winners:
Leah Garrett
Yeny Maldonado

AAF Greenville’s Diversity Internship Video

This video was created with Photoelectric (photoelectric.tv) for the Addy’s in Greenville, SC! It was shown during the awards to promote the internship program. We shot / edited the interviews, Photoelectric did the lower thirds / logo sting!

AAF of the Midlands and AAF District 3 Award Scholarships to Diversity Internship Program Recipient

Columbia, S.C.—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) of the Midlands selected Taliyah Wolff to complete the 2012 AAF of the Midlands Diversity Internship Program. Douglas Broadwater, AAF District 3 Diversity Chairman awarded her with a $500 scholarship at a ceremony at Eau Claire High School. Wolff was also awarded AAF District 3’s $1,000 Diversity Scholarship.

AAF District 3 Diversity Chairman Douglas Broadwater, who oversees the club’s Diversity Initiative in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, was quoted as saying “We are committed to getting minorities involved in the field of advertising by recruiting the next generation of talent at the high school level.”

Wolff is a graduating senior at Eau Claire High School and is heading to the Art Institute in Charleston, S.C. to pursue a major in digital media and video production. She spent time in a week-long internship intensive, spending time at various advertising and marketing departments at firms including Chernoff Newman, SCANA and the Colonial Life Arena, shadowing staff members in their day-to-day tasks and getting a glimpse of what it’s really like to work in the advertising industry.

Wolff was chosen from a pool of applicants after she wrote an essay on “why a career in advertising interested her”. AAF of the Midlands and AAF District 3 accept applications each year from minority applicants between tenth and twelfth grade for the Diversity Internship Program. For the AAF District 3 Diversity Scholarship, Wolff was chosen from a pool of applicants from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Applications for AAF of the Midlands’ 2013 Diversity Internship Program will be available at aafmidlands.com and through school guidance counselors beginning in November.

Diversity Scholarship Winners for 2010-2011

2011 AAF Greenville Scholarship Winner:
Alexis Mood

2010 AAF Greenville Scholarship Winner:
Shaquan Kearse

Diversity Scholarship Winners for 2008-2009

2009 AAF Greenville Scholarship Winners
Raymond Christopher Jones
London Wilson

Diversity Scholarship Winners for 2007-2008

District Scholarship Winner – Sigourney Woodfork – Greenville, SC

Local Club Winners:
AAF Coastal Carolinas – South Carolina
Symone Lakiesh Flagler

AAF Greenville – South Carolina
John Odumakinde
Sigourney Woodfork

AAF Midlands – South Carolina
Kain Robinson

© AAF District 3