The board of the National Cartoonists Society Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is Ulises Alvarado-Llamas.
Ulises is an Animation/Illustration major at San Jose State University. “Uli” was chosen from a multitude of applicants for the $5,000 scholarship and joined us at the NCS Reuben Awards in Huntington Beach, CA.
Uli has already gained invaluable experience with his internships at Uber, designing characters for a marketing campaign and at Tonka House doing prop and character design on the Netflix show “Go! Go! Cory Carson!”. Uli is set to begin doing freelance character design for Disney TV. Uli’s ultimate ambition is to continue pursuing his career in animation and hopes to eventually work on feature films.
The Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is an annual award established in memory of Jay Kennedy, the late King Features comics editor, from an initial grant from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from other prominent cartoonists. It is administered by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation. The applicants submitted eight examples of their work along with an entry form that included short essays on their current and future plans in cartooning. Entries were judged by a jury of professional cartoonists who are members of the National Cartoonists Society Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a college student in the United States, Canada or Mexico who will be in their Junior or Senior year of college during the following academic year.