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Kyle Werstein wants to use his education to inspire others to take action. The recipient of a $3000 ESA foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship, Kyle is currently in his sophomore year of Graphic Design studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Kyle Werstein with his parents, Patricia and Timothy

Kyle describes graphic design as a means for “creating timeless communication that can be applied across a variety of mediums.”  He points out that as an increasingly paperless society, “It’s an exciting time to be a designer and a communicator. We have the unique opportunity to attempt to bring hundreds of years of tradition designing on paper into the digital age.”

Kyle has already demonstrated his talent and is beginning to gain recognition in his field. Below is a recent CD cover that he designed for Minneapolis jazz artist, Cory Wong.

design by Kyle Werstein

Like most artists, Kyle’s interests are not limited to his field of study. He enjoys exploring other graphic-related arts such as painting and screen printing, while expressing his interests in the performing arts through writing and performing with a Minneapolis rock band.

When Kyle completes his undergraduate studies, he plans to continue his education by earning his masters and doctorate degrees. “I hope to eventually work my way into the field of nonprofits and community involvement, using my skills to generate awareness and involvement in great issues affecting us today,” says Kyle.

He has already demonstrated his commitment to community outreach at the campus level. As part of an internship, Kyle created a social media campaign for a non-profit Equine Therapy center. He also co-founded MCAD’s bike club which subsidizes inexpensive bicycle helmets for students and he creates communications to raise scholarship funds through the alumni relations department.

Kyle clearly demonstrates the “pay it forward” concept that ThanksUSA supporters understand so well. He notes that his military upbringing shaped him into the respectful and civic-minded young man that he is today.

Kyle’s father, Sergeant First Class Timothy Werstein, U.S. Army (Ret), served our country for nearly 25 years. Kyle’s pride shines through as he reflects on his father’s career saying, “He’s served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Qatar and left the service with a number of commendations and accolades. If anything, my dad provided me with a strong role model and someone to look up to. His career compounded his own strong work ethic, which he in turn passed on to me. Being a military child has not been something I have ever taken for granted. It’s taught me respect for civics and my country, instilled in me a worldview that far surpasses most people my age and showed me the value of sacrifice. I’m grateful every day for the experience I have had.”

Now, as a young adult, Kyle is applying his strong work ethic to his collegiate pursuits. ThanksUSA is proud to be a part of Kyle’s educational journey and we thank him for sharing with us. We close this week’s feature with a message of gratitude from Kyle:

“Receiving the $3000 ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship has provided me with a great sense of financial security. Paying for college is an extremely stressful endeavor, and your generous sponsorship has awarded me with an indescribable peace of mind. Thank you for giving an opportunity to the children of military families, as well, and recognizing the unique sacrifices we, as “Brats,” make every day. From the bottom of mine and my family’s heart, thank you.”

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This past week, ThanksUSA had the pleasure of welcoming two of our outstanding scholarship recipients to Washington, D.C. to meet with ThanksUSA supporters. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Katherine Whitmore (Hardin-Simmons University) and Bailey Smith (Mississippi State University) for representing ThanksUSA!

While in DC, Bailey and Katherine enjoyed a luncheon with military personnel and ThanksUSA supporters. They also attended the Golden State Warriors vs Washington Wizards basketball game and witnessed ThanksUSA spokesperson, Stephen Curry, in action. Make sure to join us on Facebook for event updates and photos.

Also of note this past week is the artwork of ThanksUSA scholar, Joan Brice-Guyer. Brice’s father recently published a book titled The Circle of Chairs. The cover features artwork that Brice completed in High School.

You can also view Brice’s most recent artwork at her SecretWorld online gallery. Thanks for sharing, Brice! If you are a current or former ThanksUSA scholarship recipient, I’d love to hear from you and update our supporters on your current studies, employment, or philanthropic endeavors. I can be reached directly at sherrykoch@thanksusa.org or you can always leave a comment on this blog.

Reminder to everyone interested in the ThanksUSA scholarship program: applications for the 2011/2012 academic year will be accepted between April 1 and May 15, 2011. ThanksUSA scholarships are awarded annually, so a new application is required each year. To register for an email reminder, please click here. If you are interested in supporting our outstanding scholars, your donations are always appreciated!

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