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Scholarship Winners

Class 18 Scholarship Winners Announced:

April 1, 2016

This spring we had the pleasure of welcoming class 18 and its six scholarship winners. This global group joins us from five different countries and we couldn’t be prouder of such an accomplished group. Get to know our winners below.


Bolaji Alausa
Executive Creative Director
Noah’s Ark
The Global Health Communication Scholarship- Courtesy of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance

Bolaji is the winner of a unique scholarship that allows him to help shape the future of how vaccine awareness is communicated. He describes his motivation for applying to this unique scholarship:

“I have always wanted to attend the Berlin School, but needed financial aid. I attended a short form of the program in 2014 called the Cannes Creative Leaders Programme and was then convinced it was the right school for my needs. With the insurgency in the northern part of the country, Noah's Ark in partnership with Boko Halal, a nonprofit, spearheaded several initiatives to shed light on the issues, particularly the kidnapped schoolgirls from Chibok. So when I saw the scholarship requirements, I knew the task wasn't too far from what I was currently doing for Boko Halal, plus I currently work for SFH (Society for Family Health) an NGO, and various other NGOs in the past. I knew I might just be able to respond to the brief appropriately.”


Michael Boord
Global Director Mobile Products
The Associated Press
The International News Media Association (INMA) Scholarship

Michael sees this scholarship as an opportunity for both himself and his organization; he says:

“The Associated Press has always been an innovator. To last for 170 years you have to be. Receiving the INMA scholarship and attending the Berlin School will afford me the opportunity to work with and learn from an international group of global leaders from many industries to challenge and expand the way that I think about leading and innovating. I want to bring ideas back to the AP to share with my colleagues and be an agent of change as we navigate through the real-time evolution of the news industry. We have to adapt faster than ever and we often don’t get the opportunity to improve our minds and ourselves. Sometimes we just need to give ourselves some space to do this and this is that time for me.”


Donna Dimayuga
Creative Director
Ogilvy and Mather
ADOBO Magazine Scholarship

Donna is clearly passionate about her pursuit of creative leadership:

"I've only been in advertising for 9 years but already so many things have changed and the way we work has evolved immensely. To become a great creative and an effective leader, I believe you should be able to swiftly adapt to change and think of your work as more than just advertising. You should think of the value that it adds to life, or how it can spark conversations that will lead to the change you dream of. What's perfect about the timing of this scholarship is that it is exactly what I need and believe in – what better place to learn about being a leader in a creative industry than the prestigious Berlin School of Creative Leadership."


Diego Arce Fernandez
Managing Director
Pixzelle Studio
Executive Education Program Scholarship

Diego’s scholarship is awarded to exemplary past participants in the Berlin School’s Executive Education Programs. He proudly reflects on his win:

“Getting the scholarship opened up for me the opportunity to make a dream come true. My professional and educational background gave me analytical-rational training but I’m missing the more creative/inspirational side that I’m looking forward to get from this program.

Being in Berlin, such a trendy melting point where innovation and creativity are colliding will open up great ways for growing personally as well as professionally, being with such an interesting and diverse group of people gets me extremely excited. I’m really grateful for this opportunity, thanks Berlin School!”


Rebecca Salerno
Director of Creative and Content Marketing
Kelley School of Business Indiana University
The Webby Awards Scholarship

Rebecca is the winner of the Webby Awards Berlin School Scholarship; she says:

“Technology is changing our lives and work constantly. I am honored to receive the Webby Scholarship and have this opportunity to learn how to more effectively build creative teams and cultures that are resilient and forward-looking. 

As a creative leader, I want to do more than inspire teams to produce great work. I want to create an environment where creativity becomes a competitive advantage for my organization and adds value for customers. It's exciting to be able to obtain an MBA that is focused on creative leadership and to work and learn alongside creative people from companies and organizations from all over the world.” 


Rimantas Stanevicious
Creative Director
Lürzer’s Archive Scholarship

This scholarship helped make Rimantas’ attendance at the Berlin School possible. He describes his win:

“Winning the Lürzer’s Archive scholarship is a huge honor and an even bigger responsibility. Saying that it was the only way I could come to Berlin would be an underestimation.
I want to do world class advertising from Lithuania and I want to be able to grow world class creatives at Milk and because of this recognition by the Berlin School and Lürzer’s Archive it became more feasible.”