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Harvard Undergrad Receives Scholarship From 105-Year-Old Women in Animation Vet

Harvard undergraduate Susan Bin is the recipient of the Women in Animation 2015 Phyllis Craig Scholarship.

Bin received the $1,000 award on Saturday from WIA’s eldest member, 105-year-old Ruthie Tompson, a 40-year Disney veteran who retired as the supervisor of the scene planning department, during a ceremony at the Motion Picture Television Fund Country House in Woodland Hills.

Bin plans to make her career in visual development. She has held internships with DreamWorks Animation and Legendary Entertainment’s comics departments and currently illustrates for Facebook.

“I’m honored to be the recipient of this year’s Phyllis Craig Scholarship,” said Bin. “As a developing artist who struggled to find a pathway to the animation industry, I appreciate that I’m able to turn to Women in Animation’s community of members and events for support and growth in both my career and as an individual.”

Phyllis Craig was a founding member of WIA. The org has honored her legacy by instituting the scholarship program following her death in 1997. The org celebrated its legacy of mentorship on Saturday with the presentation of Bin’s scholarship by Tompson.

“It’s a special moment in WIA’s legacy to have a trailblazer such as Ruthie Tompson bestowing this award on Susan, a member of our newest generation,” said Barb Cimity, head of WIA’s scholarship committee. “It truly embodies the values of encouragement, mentorship and paying it forward, all vital practices for WIA.”

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