Meet the 2016 Adobe Creativity Scholars

From ecologists to civil rights advocates, imaginative coders to an editor challenging religious stereotypes, this year’s 25 recipients of Adobe Creativity Scholarships use creativity as a force for social impact. They use self-expression to open minds, innovate, and inform.

The scholarship provides college and post-secondary education tuition to emerging creatives who will further their study in a creative field. We’re eager to announce this year’s 25 recipients! Representing 11 countries, these diverse Creativity Scholars are creating art based on personal experiences and expanding its impact by involving others — from their communities and beyond. The themes that unite them are: human rights, the environment, inclusion, mental health, race, gender equality and community building.

Each of the 25 Creativity Scholars will have their work featured in the upcoming weeks. Here are selected works as an inspiration for what’s to come:

HUMAN RIGHTS

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“Kitchen Floor” Photo by Hiba Al-Nabulsi, 20 (Amman, Jordan)

THE ENVIRONMENT

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“My Vision of Art” Photo by Agata Mroczek, 18 (Niecme, Lubelskie, Poland)

INCLUSION

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“A Tale of Two High Schools”  Podcast co-hosted by Ahlaam Ibraahim, 18 (Seattle, Washington, USA)

MENTAL HEALTH

“I Had Strings”  Written and Directed by Adam Madojemu, 19 (Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria)

RACE

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“Black Lives Matter” Illustration by Bedelyn Dabel, 19 (Lynn, Massachusetts, USA)

GENDER EQUALITY

“The Switch” Director & Cinematography by Shanel Gray, 18 (Bronx, New York, USA)

COMMUNITY BUILDING

“Lovestruck” by Kitzia Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 19 (Orem, Utah, USA)