AAF ECI announces scholarship winners

American Advertising Federation East Central Indiana awarded three $1,000 scholarships at the AAF ECI luncheon Friday, March 13, at the Horizon Convention Center. Scholarships were awarded based on the students’ personal statements, academic records, leadership, citizenship and extracurricular and community activities.

Catherine Brake, of Newburgh, Indiana and student of Ball State University majoring in marketing and fashion merchandising, is the recipient of the AAF ECI $1,000 Minority Scholarship. Brake has a 3.98 grade point average out of 4.0, is part of the Honors College program, an active account executive with Ball State’s Cardinal Communications and a member of the BSU AAF Chapter. She aspires to become a marketing director for a Fortune 500 company and eventually hopes to open her own boutique.

Elyse Van Fleet from Ligonier was awarded a $1,000 AAF ECI Scholarship. She is a BSU student majoring in visual communications and graphic design and minor in entrepreneurship. A junior this coming fall, she has been involved with the BSU AAF Chapter for two years. Van Fleet is the director for the NSAC campaign for The Century Council and hopes to work in the advertising field upon graduation in 2011. Her future goals include owning an advertising and graphic design firm.

Zachary A. Grimes of Charlestown is the recipient of the AAF ECI Anne Condran Scholarship. This Scholarship is awarded to a student attending BSU with a major in one of the disciplines of the College of Communication, Information and Media. Maintaining a 3.98 grade point average, Grimes has a major in advertising and minors in sociology and marketing. This past year, Grimes has served as an intern for Doe-Anderson Inc., and helped with brand development for VOX Vodka. He serves as the BSU AAF chapter’s secretary and research director and also the assistant marketing director for Ball State’s Computer Store. His most recent honors include 4 Gold ADDY® Awards, including Best of Show Student Award garnered at the 2009 AAF ECI ADDY® Awards Competition. He has also been named one of Kroger Co.’s Most Distinguished Scholars.

American Advertising Federation East Central Indiana is the premier resource for advertising, marketing and communications professionals throughout the region and is a five-time winner of the AAF Division III Club of the Year in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2002. AAF ECI’s mission is to connect members to other advertising industry professionals and resources; encourage, support and recognize members in their quest to create the very best in advertising; and to inspire young professionals to enter the advertising profession. For more information about AAF ECI, please contact Anne Condran, (765) 289-3676.

April 13, 2021