This year is the 7th anniversary of our Lawton Design Scholarship. On March 12, 2020, students gathered at our office for a reception to reveal who would receive this year’s awards. We had 54 entries from 3 local colleges: Eastern Washington University, North Idaho College, and Spokane Falls Community College.

The project they worked on was a uniquely folded marketing piece. Jim Rowse, Production Manager, and Jackie Mustard, Creative Director, presented to classes to explain the project to students directly.  The students were told to design a piece that could be used by Lawton Account Executives as a leave-behind that featured the service capabilities that Lawton has to offer. It was also a piece to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Lawton Printing Services. New for this year, we also let students include a diecut into their design if they wished.

Thank you to this year’s judges Caty Colberg, Courtney Sowards, Henry Ortega, Jules VanSant, and Jessie Wuerst for donating their afternoon for judging our entries. After a bit of deliberation, they decided on two first-place winners: David McGuire and Cody Thomas; three honorable mentions: Elizabeth Pierce, Enrique Polina, and Tamika Williams. The production team also presented an award for Best in Production, meaning the student who submitted a file that required minimal intervention from our pre-press staff, and that award went to Elizabeth Pierce.

Lawton Printing owes a huge thank you to the professors we worked with this year: Ginelle Hustrulid, Travis Masingale, and Eric Galey from EWU; June Roys and John Mujica from SFCC; and Philipe Valle from NIC. Without their help each year this contest wouldn’t be what it is today. Thank you also to all of the student participants. Each year we are amazed and excited to see new creative ideas from the Spokane area’s up and coming designers.

If you are a professor of design and/or visual communications in the area and would like to get your class involved with next year’s scholarship reach out to us! It’s a great opportunity for your students to get real-world experience and they will also get a beautifully printed piece for their portfolio.