2022 winner of the AD2 Houston Dwight Douthit Scholarship Fund Christina Noto

Christina Noto

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin State University art student Christina Noto has been awarded a scholarship from the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston.

A senior from Austin, Noto is the 2022 winner of the AD2 Houston Dwight Douthit Scholarship Fund. A graphic design major with minors in physics and astronomy, she will receive a $5,000 award. Noto is only the second SFA recipient in the school’s history to receive an AEFH scholarship.

AEFH awards scholarships to college sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing undergraduate or post graduate degrees in advertising, communications, interactive marketing, journalism, radio/TV, commercial art, public relations or related fields. Students attending colleges and universities located in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, the four states in which American Advertising Federation District 10 is located, are eligible to apply.

“It is such an honor to be recognized for my work, especially in competition with students from different states,” she said. “It just feels like the artistic community is where I belong, and that means the world to me.”

Daniel Anguiano, associate professor in the School of Art and graphic design area advisor, first advised Noto last spring, just after she changed her major to graphic design.

“She had so many science credits; she has two minors, in physics and astronomy,” Anguiano said. “She works hard and is engaged in everything she does. She’s also inquisitive and seeks out learning. Christina is one of my best students, and she just got started less than a year ago in the art program. I see a bright future for her.”

Following a planned December 2022 graduate date, Noto aspires to either obtain a master’s degree in instructional design or seek employment with a company “that will allow me to further develop and utilize the skills I have learned through my university.”

Noto attended the AEFH awards luncheon where she met and networked with other artist winners. “I see it as an opportunity to get my name out there and bounce around ideas with my peers,” she said.

“Christina is a great example of how our art students are being recognized for their success,” said Chris Talbot, director of the School of Art at SFA. “Our graphic design concentration, in particular, encourages students to network, compete in competitions, and apply to scholarships. We are so proud that her hard work and talent have been rewarded, and we wish her the best in her creative career.”

For more information about the SFA School of Art, call (936) 468-4804.