Central Arizona College Student Joseph Dutra Receives $60,000 Scholarship

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Joseph Dutra, a Central Arizona College student attending classes at the college's Superstition Mountain campus has received the 2016-2017 Presidential Scholarship from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD).

Dutra is receiving this scholarship based on his academic merits and the distinction of his admission portfolio which contained detailed samplings of his work.

The scholarship will provide a total of $60,000 to Dutra to be used for tuition as a full-time student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. He will receive $7,500 per semester for a maximum of four years.

Upon receiving notice of the scholarship, Dutra stated, "I know this school will help me become a better filmmaker and help let my creativity show for a long time. Thank you to everybody who has gotten me this far in my life: my family who has always supported me; my friends who've always liked my work; my teachers who helped lead me down the right path in education; Tim Hohmann for helping me get into MCAD; Shari Eddy who helped me prepare for my transfer to MCAD; Temenoujka Fuller who helped me with projects from classes as well as being my friend; and to all my other teachers from CAC who taught me things I never knew before." He added, "I especially want to thank Brian L. Turner who was my video productions teacher in high school. You continue to help me today and I don't think I would have gone to this school if you haven't given me so much advice. I'm going to miss Apache Junction, but this will mark a new chapter in my life. I hope to come back one day, full of accomplishments. Thank you all!"

Joseph has been a student worker in the Superstition Mountain campus Honors Center for the past year. He has also become known around campus for his film making aspirations and work. Honors Director/Professor Dr. Carol Johnson believes he will make a name for himself in the film industry and be a student, "we knew when..."

Dutra will graduate from CAC this May and will begin his education at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in August.

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