William G. Ericson Foundation Scholarship Award

Throughout his life, Bill Ericson flourished in two very distinctive worlds. Growing up in a small town, he experienced a relaxed pace with cornerstones of tradition and predictability. But thanks to his love of photography, fueled with a vivid imagination, it opened a different avenue of adventure and intrigue.

“He was the most creative person I knew,” said longtime friend Nan Sandford. “Bill could see things – shadows, thoughts, beauty, non-beauty – and make it into a vision. Which, in turn, would create a love and desire in us to look at things differently from what we think or are trained to see. Even in his humor, he would start a thought process.” The William G. Ericson Foundation was created at the passing of William “Bill” G. Ericson in 2017. Bill clearly stated the purpose of the Foundation which included the publication of his works in a book and now continues through the Photography Contest and Scholarship Program.

General Competition Guidelines (see full guidelines in the questions section):

_ * Students should review Bill Ericson’s work to get a sense of why these five categories were chosen. You may review the book here.

  • Students wishing to submit entries to this contest must complete the flexible application in Blackbaud Award Management – there will be no paper applications accepted.
  • Students may submit one photo only, in one category.
  • The five categories for the competition are: People, Places, Things, Abstracts, and Commercial Photography
  • Initial submissions must include a description of the photo (up to 100 words) plus the modified printed photo (for both analog and digital; see guidelines for more details)
  • Level 1 Judges will view and score the photos in Blackbaud Award Management and select finalists to be shown in the Boone Gallery from May 16 – 30, 2024.
  • The Awards Judging, Ceremony, and Reception will be held on Saturday, May 18th, in the Westerbeck Auditorium.
  • There will be a first prize in each category, plus a “Best in Show” award (1st, 2nd, 3rd place overall)
  • All students must sign a release form (within Blackbaud Award Management) which gives the PCC Foundation and the William G. Ericson Foundation permission to use the photo entries in public relations and for social media purposes._