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Ohio Northern Graduate Offers Graphic Design Scholarship


April—Michelle Sterling, president of Sign Pro Imaging Inc. in Lima, Ohio, has established the second annual Sign Pro Scholarship for Design. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior wanting to pursue a degree in graphic design.

The scholarship application is available online at Each senior must design their high school graduation announcement and submit it with the application. Academic achievement, volunteer/work experience, community involvement and leadership, along with design ability, will be considered in awarding the scholarship. The application deadline is 5p.m. May 10.

The winner will be announced May 13. The winner will also receive up to 100 graduation announcements printed for free. Applications and designs may be emailed to or mailed to 404 Brower Road, Lima, Ohio 45801.

Michelle Sterling is the owner and president of Sign Pro Imaging, Inc. She helped open Sign Pro in 1996 upon graduating from Ohio Northern University. Her degrees in graphic design and business marketing proved beneficial when she purchased the business in 1999. In 2004 she led Sign Pro through a major expansion, including adding 1000 sq ft to their shop, several wide format printers, a hot laminator, a design room with 3 new design stations along with many other updates. Her dedication to bringing the latest technology to the Lima area and 12 years of experience in every aspect of the sign business keeps Sign Pro moving forward in the industry.

Sign Pro Imaging is the Lima-area leader in transforming concepts into reality. The creative staff works with clients to select the most appropriate materials to best serve communication needs. The state of the art digital printing technology allows the company to print to any surface, from simple papers and vinyl to high-end fabrics and wall coverings.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2012–13 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.