Deutsch NY and SVA Announce Recipients of Fund the Change Mentorship and Scholarship Program

— The two BFA students will join SVA’s class of 2025 —

May 4, 2021 — As high school students gear up for college, Deutsch NY and SVA are excited to announce the two recipients of the Fund the Change scholarship. The first of its kind, Fund the Change will provide students with year-round mentorship opportunities, annual paid internships, and is backed with $80,000 in funding by Deutsch NY. The two students, Waverly Johnson of Brooklyn, NY and Michael Barclay of Chicago, IL, will be joining School of Visual Arts as full-time BFA students as part of the Class of 2025. Each will receive $10,000 per year renewable merit scholarships from Deutsch NY, totaling $40,000 for each student over the course of four years.

“Fund the Change is just one piece of our vow to address systemic racism in the industry,” said Dan Kelleher, Chief Creative Officer, Deutsch NY. “What I love about this opportunity is that it provides building blocks for students. Michael and Waverly already show an immense amount of creativity and love for design, and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish over the next four years.”

“I am so excited for the opportunity to work in a creative environment gaining real life experience,” said Waverly Johnson. “I am looking forward to learning all I can from the professionals at Deutsch NY to build my design career.”

“I am very thankful to be chosen for the Fund the Change scholarship and mentorship,” added Michael Barclay. “I’m looking forward to gaining real life experience in the industry as I continue to hone my skills. I can’t wait to learn from both SVA and Deutsch NY!”

In November 2020, Deutsch NY and SVA announced the Fund the Change opportunity in response to the Black Lives Matter movement as a way to support students from historically
underrepresented backgrounds and bring more diverse talent to the advertising industry.

About Deutsch NY
A full-service, integrated advertising and digital agency, Deutsch New York has been building brand agency and urgency since 1969. Since then it’s been a non-stop hustle to grow, evolve, and lead the industry in strengthening our clients’ businesses. Uniquely unapologetic, our no-BS approach has delivered bold, business-first strategies to brand partners including Reebok, Johnson & Johnson, PNC Bank, AB InBev’s Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, and Busch brands, Celestial Seasonings and Newman’s Own.

About School of Visual Arts
School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 7,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 38,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit