MK Alumni Visual Communications Scholarship

Scholarship amount: $1000 for one year
Made possible by: Commission Creative 

To Apply:

  1. Follow the instructions on submitting an application and essay.
  2. Submit a project that you have worked on that relates to your major or field of study, along with a brief description. A pdf or link to view the work can be submitted to mkoffice@ismk.org along with your essay.
About The Scholarship

The MK Alumni Visual Communications Scholarship is for missionary kids who are studying in the area of visual communications. Qualifying fields of study include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Media
  • Mass Media (Film)

This scholarship is made possible through contributions from Commission Creative (a service of Prodigy Pixel), a design team for missionaries founded in 2003 by MKs Jason Nill (Costa Rica, Spain, and Ecuador) and Aaron Van Gorp (Belgium). They provide custom missionary prayer cards and fundraising materials that will impress supporters and fit within their budget.

Jason Nill's Story

JasonJason was born in east Texas and lived in Costa Rica, Spain, and Ecuador where his parents served as AGWM missionaries from 1980-2002. After completing language school in central America, his father served as an inner-city pastor in Madrid, as well as the director of the AG Bible school for several years. In Spain Jason attended Evangelical Christian Academy, King's College, the USAF school in Torrejon, and Alliance Academy in Quito, Ecuador. After graduating high school in Dallas, he moved to Springfield, Missouri to study broadcasting at Evangel University. Upon graduating with a degree in communications, he began working as a graphic designer for Global University and ran into fellow MK Aaron Van Gorp.

 

Aaron Van Gorp's Story

AaronAaron was born and raised in the midwest. He grew up in northwest Indiana for most of his childhood. At the age of 12, his parents became missionaries. In 1994, they moved to Belgium. His dad worked with I.M.M. and his mom taught at an international Christian school. He attended St. John's International School in Waterloo, Belgium from 8th grade to 12th grade. Aaron was a 3-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball, and baseball. He created the first website for the schools' Athletics department during his time at St. John's and also worked on the Yearbook staff. In 1999, Aaron returned to the US to attend Evangel University, in Springfield, Missouri. In 2003 he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and began working at Global University in the IT department where he ran into fellow MK Jason Nill.

The Commission Creative (formerly known as Missions Linked) and Prodigy Pixel Story

At Global University in Springfield, Missouri is where Aaron and Jason first envisioned starting a company that would help missionaries raise support communicate more effectively. In 2003 Missions Linked began and they startd designing prayer cards and other materials for missionaries. In 2004, they started Prodigy Pixel, a web and print design studio that provides services to nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and businesses. Jason serves as the Creative Director and Aaron serves as Managing Director of both entities with a team of 5 designers and developers. Missions Linked has served over 800 missionaries and Prodigy Pixel has worked with several AG ministries like Eurasia Community, Eurasia Coffee and Tea, Life Publishers, and Influence Resources to develop their brands.