Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Society of Illustrators Renews Funding with Matching Gift

Nation’s oldest nonprofit dedicated to illustration arts donates over $20,000 for program and scholarship funds

Society of Illustrators Renews Funding with Matching Gift

The Society of Illustrators, the nation’s oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration, has renewed its support for San Diego State University’s School of Art + Design with generous financial gifts to the School’s illustration program and to a memorial scholarship fund.

Since 2009, the Society of Illustrators has provided nearly $50,000 in support for the School and its students. This year, the Society generously offered to match any donation up to $15,000 designated for the illustration program at SDSU. They will also match any donation up to $6,000 towards student illustration scholarships. To expand the impact of your donation by having the Society of Illustrators match your gift, please visit:
(please indicate Illustration Fund or the Illustration Scholarship fund in the other designation field)

To make a gift by mail, please send checks payable to The Campanile Foundation to:

San Diego State University
Attention: The Campanile Foundation
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-1968
(please indicate Illustration Fund or the Illustration Scholarship fund in memo of the check)

The Society of Illustrators involvement with SDSU School of Art + Design began following the death of one of its members, Joyce Rogers Kitchell (SDSU Alumna, 1966). A nationally renowned watercolorist and illustrator, Kitchell bequeathed a portion of her estate to the Society of Illustrators with the intention that it be used to fund student scholarships. Anelle Miller, the executive director of the Society of Illustrators, said the Society chose to honor Kitchell’s legacy by creating an illustration program fund and a scholarship fund.

The Society of Illustrators’ Joyce Rogers Kitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund has benefitted talented and deserving SDSU students for nearly a decade. Scholarship applications are available online each spring. Awardees are selected based on a number of factors including the quality of their portfolio work, a personal essay, future career goals, and financial need. Visit for more information and to apply.

In addition to general program funds and scholarships, the Society of Illustrators sponsors the “Great American Illustrator” lecture series which brings top, nationally-recognized illustrators to the SDSU campus each year.

“The Society of Illustrators has been an amazing resource for our program, “ said Neil Shigley, illustrator and lecturer at SDSU School of Art + Design. “We are so fortunate to have them play such an important role in the illustration program here at SDSU.”

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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