The Kevin Doherty Scholarship to Support Digital Creativity created to honour the lifelong friend and Creative Director of NVISION
Markham, ON – George Arabian, CEO of NVISION, a leading digital marketing agency located in Markham, ON, announces the creation of The Kevin Doherty Scholarship to Support Digital Creativity.
“Kevin was employee number one and became our Creative Director not long after he started nearly 15 years ago,” says George Arabian. “He’s been integral to the growth and success of the business ever since.”
Kevin was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, which came as a deep shock to everyone at NVISION. After coming to grips with Kevin’s diagnosis, George wanted to find a way to honor Kevin and to ensure his name lived on and was synonymous with NVISION. Having looked into a number of options, a scholarship that represented Kevin’s passions: art, design and creativity, came to fruition.
The annual scholarship will award $1,500 to a graduating high school student, or post-secondary student who is enrolled in a graphic/communication design program at a Canadian post-secondary college/university. The scholarship recipient will have demonstrated their commitment to any of the digital arts or marketing disciplines, including digital illustration, web design, graphic design, user experience, copywriting and marketing & communications.
“To have my name connected with a scholarship that helps young people learn and grow in the artistic and technical disciplines that I love, and that have been so good to me, is really incredible,” said Doherty. “George has always been very supportive and he’s known as a person who ‘gives back.’ That he’s decided to add my name to this effort is just so humbling.”
Doherty graduated from Fanshawe College’s Graphic Design program in 2004. For one of his final assignments, he asked his older brother’s friend, Arabian, if he could design a website for Arabian’s new business venture, NVISION.
That first project was so successful, Doherty worked on several other web and graphic design projects for the company’s clients. Doherty’s efforts eventually led to his being offered the opportunity to be NVISION’s creative director.
Over the years, Doherty and Arabian’s working relationship has grown into a close friendship. They often “geeked out” into the wee hours until they found a solution to a client’s problem. A mutual love and appreciation for music, especially live performances, saw the pair attend several concerts and events together. And they’re known to share a love of craft beer.
“We’ve had lots of laughs, but when it comes to his work, Kevin is not just creative artistically and technically,” says Arabian. “He’s never shied away from giving me constructive criticism—or hearing me out. Without Kevin, NVISION wouldn’t be where it is today. It is one of the biggest privileges of my life to be able to offer this scholarship in his name.”
To apply, please see the details and application for the Kevin Doherty Scholarship.