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Student Jenna Josepher Receives Thayer & Patricia Kerr Awards

Date Released: 5/4/2011

She was one of two students honored by SUNY for exemplary achievement in the arts. Details.

Jenna Josepher, NY, a graphic design student in the School of Art+ Design, shared both the Thayer Fellowship and the Patricia Kerr Ross Award with Ilari Kaila, a music and composition doctoral candidate from Stony Brook University.


These are SUNY’s most distinguished student awards for excellence, originality and promise in the arts. Both awards are intended as a bridge between study in the arts at a SUNY institution and entry into a professional career in the arts.


Each year a Thayer Fellowship in the amount of $7,000 is awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding achievement and high professional potential in the arts.


The Patricia Kerr Ross Award, for $1,000 is given to students with great promise in the arts.


“It is a great pleasure to provide some of our most creative arts students with financial assistance as they face the challenges that come with professional life and we wish this year’s winners success as they begin their new careers,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.  “Congratulations to both of these talented SUNY students for winning such prestigious and competitive awards.”