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NEWS : TUE, APR 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Meet The 2016 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship Winners

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[Image from ‘Disruptor,’ Lucas Reif’s Zine]

After reading through hundreds of wonderfully thoughtful and inspirational applications, we here at Sub Pop Records have chosen three extraordinarily qualified students for our Sub Pop Loser scholarship.

Our $7000 winner this year is Lucas Reif of Redmond, Washington. Lucas won us over big-time with his explosive poster art for various local all-ages punk shows. His visual art skills were on display through photography, zine creation, web design, screen printing, and a variety of other formats. In the local community, Lucas volunteered at Ground Zero, worked with the EMP Youth Advisory Board, plays in a band called Kids Menu, and supports bands like GAG in our local all-ages spaces. We feel strongly that Lucas has a bright future ahead of him, and although he may think there is a tangible disconnect between him and the cool kids, he is probably one of the coolest and most talented kids to ever apply for our Loser Scholarship. 

Rosabelle Heine will be taking home $5000 this year as a Sub Pop Loser Scholarship winner. From Ashland, Oregon, Rosabelle is one of the most talented and multi-faceted artists we’ve seen in our nine years of looking at Loser Scholarship applications. Her photography, especially the set design, lighting, and thoroughly thought-out concepts really stunned us; her photos are beautifully executed. She is a multi-instrumentalist playing violin, mandolin, busking on the drums, and occasionally making killer beats to rap over. Her community contributions include organizing public youth symphony performances, mural painting, film festival volunteering, building archways in local parks, and fundraising for art lessons for low income students. We love her creative spirit and think that whichever school is lucky enough to have her will be much better off with Rosabelle. Here is Rosabelle’s blog: http://sublimeclementine.com/

Chan Ha Kim will be getting $3000 as a Sub Pop Loser Scholarship winner. Animation and drawing seem to come easy to Chan and they have been her passion since a young age. After immigrating to the Everett area from South Korea, Chan really blossomed as a visual artist and started to win many awards for her very compelling drawings and animations. Not content to just be a stunning visual artist, Chan has helped other Koreans seeking artistic support to find resources in the United States while also hosting volunteer art workshops for children at her home. Wow, her altruistic support of the arts really touched our hearts. But altruism isn’t her only strength, she works on animations and drawings for at least two hours every day and is very dedicated to her craft, volunteering and interning to gain more knowledge at various local organizations. We know there are big things in the future for Chan and her beautiful animations. Here is Chan’s Tumblr: http://verrou.tumblr.com/

This year may have been the strongest field of applicants for the Loser Scholarship so far! For those losers who didn’t win this year, thanks for playing, we loved your applications too, and know many of you will go on to inspire us in the future.





Posted by Andrew Sullivan

NEWS : THU, FEB 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Sub Pop’s 2016 Loser Scholarship Details!

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Hey there!

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $15,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000. As longtime and proud losers ourselves, we’re exceedingly happy to be able, in some small way, to help further the education of art-enthused misfits from the NW.

Applicants must be a resident of Washington or Oregon, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for applicants who are involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way. However, you do not need to be pursuing an education in the arts.

To apply you must submit an essay, one page or less, using any combination of the following questions as a guide (or write something completely your own, be inspired and creative!). Please list the school you are graduating from and the school you plan to attend in the fall at the top of your essay along with your contact information.

- What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?

- What does being a Sub Pop ‘Loser’ mean to you?

- What are your influences and/or who inspired you to become involved in the arts?

- Describe your biggest failure and explain how it has brought you closer to your goal(s). 

- Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.

- How has your family or community background affected the way you see the world?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send digital links and/or provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay (we have never had a winner who submitted only an essay). However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above. The deadline for applications is Sunday, March 20th.

Please send all submissions and attachments to scholarship@subpop.com by March 20th, 2016. We will announce the scholarship winners on April 12th.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, MAR 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s 2015 Loser Scholarship Details!

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Hey there!

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $15,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000. To apply for these scholarships you must be a resident of Washington or Oregon, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for an applicant who is involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way.

To apply for these scholarships we would like you to submit an essay, no longer than one page, letting us know about one or more of the following topics:

What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?

How and/or why did you become interested in artistic outlets?

How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?

What are your influences and/or who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send digital links and/or provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay (we have never had a winner who submitted only an essay). However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above. The deadline for applications is April 2nd.

Please send all submissions and attachments to scholarship@subpop.com by April 2nd, 2015. We will announce the scholarship winners on April 15th.



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, MAY 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop Loser Scholarship Winners Announced!

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MASSIVE thank yous and good lucks to everyone who applied for the 2014 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. We received applications from hundreds of extremely worthy PNW-based high school seniors who are involved in the arts, which gave us a feeling of hope for the future of humanity, something we had little of beforehand. Pouring over all of the applicants’ essays and works of art was a colossal undertaking, but ultimately, we have chosen the winners. So without further ado, here are your Losers….

Landyn Pan - 1st Place LOSER
From Bothell, WA

Landyn RULES. He creates political photography and infographics, or in his words “conceptual pieces surrounding topics like women’s reproductive rights, current/contemporary racism, governmental corruption, and body image vs societal expectations.” In addition to creating thought provoking artwork, he is engaged in an array of LGBTQ activism from running his high school’s Gay Straight Alliance to offering up his graphic design skills for the Trans Student Equality Resources non-profit.

Examples of Landyn’s artwork can be found here.

Ryan Mangione-Smith - 2nd Place LOSER
All of us in the Loser Scholarship committee felt like Ryan really got what Sub Pop’s Loser Scholarship is all about. He’s not only a musician in rad band Thee Samedi, but he worked countless hours fostering his community as an intern at Ground Zero, a DIY all ages venue in Bellevue and volunteered many hours to increasing awareness about the LGBTQ community, at Lambert House and various other venues.

Check out Ryan’s band, Thee Samedi.

Claire Wong - 3rd Place LOSER

Claire wowed us with the diversity of her portfolio–from photography to installation work–much of which she has displayed at the Bellevue Arts Museum as well as other galleries. We were also charmed to death by her all-girl punk band, meimei. In addition to being a notably well-rounded and immensely talented artist and musician, she has donated her time to fostering the DIY community on the Eastside (that’s what Seattleites call the land across Lake Washington) as an intern at Ground Zero Teen Center. She also founded the Local Music Club at her high school and booked local bands to perform for the students.

Here’s a link to Claire’s portfolio and one to listen to her band, meimei.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, APR 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop’s 2014 Loser Scholarship Details!

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SUB POP RECORDS IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR 2014 LOSER SCHOLARSHIP 

Each year since 2007 Sub Pop Records has offered financial assistance to three lucky high school seniors from the Pacific Northwest through our infamous LOSER Scholarship. And, we are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2014 Sub Pop LOSER Scholarship. There are three scholarships available—one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000. To apply for these scholarships you must be a resident of Washington or Oregon, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for an applicant who is involved and interested in music or the creative arts in some way.

To apply for these scholarships please submit an essay, no longer than one page, on one or more of the following topics:

What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
How and why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?
What are your influences and who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send digital links or provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay (we have never had a winner who submitted only an essay). However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above. The deadline for applications is May 8th, 2014

Please send all submissions and attachments to scholarship@subpop.com by May 8th, 2014. We will announce the scholarship winners on May 22nd, 2014.

All physical submissions should be sent to:

Sub Pop Records
Attn: Scholarship
2013 4th Ave., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121

Amount: $7,000 / $5,000 / $3,000. Checks will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to tuition.

Good luck, losers!


Posted by Sam Sawyer

MON, MAY 6, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Sub Pop Loser Scholarship Update and Where Are They Now?

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Tonight at MIDNIGHT is the deadline for the Sub Pop Loser Scholarship, and so far we have received quite a few applications! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to write an essay! We’ll be combing through each and every one of these over the next couple of weeks and will have a winner announced by May 20th! In the meantime, we figured you might want to know what some of our past Loser Winners are doing with their lives:

Marguerite Brown – 3rd Place Winner, 2009 (Writes and records her own music. Plays guitar, drums, and piano. Submitted a CD with killer original songs.)

“I recently gathered up my financial information for college and realized that all of my scholarships combined (including the Loser scholarship of course) paid for an entire year of my college education. I was able to graduate in three and a half years so I really only paid for two and a half years of schooling. Isn’t that nice!?
Artistically I just finished putting on a senior recital of all original music compositions. I teach at Meter Music School and accompany a dance class at ExitSpace dance out on Greenlake. Through my college years I have toured playing live music for a theatre production to L.A., Portland, Vancouver, and Miami, and have created some original music for a film that just went to the SXSW Film Festival. I applied for a fellowship to study in Indonesia for a year and find out in April if I have received the fellowship. I would be studying music over there which I think would be pretty dope.

Words of wisdom? Follow your heart. Life is really scary and it’s going to be scary no matter what you do with your time so you may as well try and fill your time with activities you value. Also don’t let other people run your life. There have been far too many scenarios where I have let other people’s opinions or judgements determine my behavior and decisions. I think being yourself always turns out for the best, especially in an artistic sense. It’s totally cool to be a Loser to anyone else as long as you are a Winner to yourself! Thanks again for the scholarship, it was a really lovely contribution. Peace!"

Stephanie Cristol – 2nd Place Winner, 2008 (Sent us a rad essay as well as a compilation of her music, show flyers that she drew, an interview with Ian McKaye for her zine Shaken Baby, and Teenage Trash, a documentary she made about the Seattle punk scene.)

“Thanks for checkin’ in! This past summer I graduated from the Evergreen State College with an emphasis on creative writing and literature. My college experience took me far and wide, from making ethnographic studies of the Washington peninsula to hanging out with punk rockers in Lyon, France. In my second year of school I started a new band, Hysterics, which has since toured all over the country and is preparing for an east coast tour beginning in a couple of weeks. My advice to scholarship Losers—who tend to be involved of lots of cool projects—would be to not stop doing those projects once you get to college. You’ll be busy, but don’t let anyone tell ya it can’t be done, not even your parents! Get to know the creative community in the town you’re living in and carve out a space for yourself to participate. I am still so inspired by the outpouring of creativity here in Olympia, where I can still be found slinging records at our beloved Rainy Day Record Co. In the next few years I plan on pursuing a masters degree in teaching so I can one day encourage other young art dweebs to follow their dreams.”

Bryn Kepler – First Place Winner, 2010 (Active in the local arts/music community, volunteer for One Reel, The Vera Project, Girls Rock!, the Hugo House Zine Archive, Sub Pop 20th Anniversary Festival. Also a drummer and visual artist.)

“Thanks for checking in- I actually had “email sub-pop” on my things-to-do-over-spring-break-list but you beat me to the punch.

As far as an update, I will be graduating from the UW this spring with a major in Architectural Studies. Winning the Loser Scholarship made it possible for me to do so much while in school, including a quarter in NYC at Parsons The New School for Design and a quarter in Rome last fall with some fellow UW students. Outside of class has been busy as well- last year I was hired by the UW as the creative advisor and programmer for a one-time music & arts festival, and this year I have started editing articles for the emerging Portland magazine “She Shreds”, a publication for women who play guitar or bass. Looking forward to the summer when I will hopefully be employed at an architecture firm in Seattle and be drumming again, something I haven’t been able to do because of time but miss more than anything.

I’m not funny enough for a humorous quip, but would encourage Loser hopefuls and winners alike to stay/get involved in arts communities outside of their college because there are so many great opportunities to be had that aren’t necessarily school-affiliated."

Kelton Sears – First Place Winner, 2009 (Renaissance man from Maple Valley, WA, not only wowed us with his essay, but charmed us with his vast array of arty submissions. Aspiring filmmaker and writes short stories too!)

“I just got back from SXSW and Treefort Festival in Boise playing with a band I’m in called Kithkin—it’s been cray cray but some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. I met all the guys I play with now at Seattle U, where I’m a senior now. I never would have met all these guys if you all at Sub Pop decided it was a good idea to give scholarships to weird kids. I seriously can’t thank you guys enough for giving that opportunity to all the junior weirdos across the PNW—for most scholarships you have to have published a groundbreaking physics study in a journal, or visited Uruguay as a visiting diplomat or something. When you are 18 and trying to figure out how to pay for school, looking for scholarships can be a terrifying experience. The Loser Scholarship was great because I looked at it and thought “hey, maybe these people will care about all the doodles and recordings and videos I’ve been making.”

Since I’ve been at Seattle U, I’ve worked as the Editor-in-Chief at the newspaper which has been awesome—I’ve gotten to interview GWAR and confront our Jesuit catholic school president about his positions on gay marriage.

Also, here’s a video we just released last week that has a bunch of dragons in it. We spent two and half weeks standing around in the woods in the middle of winter with a video crew shooting. We lit the entire video only using flashlights. For one of the last scenes we broke into this giant 14 story abandoned grain silo next to the west seattle bridge. It was like 1 in the morning and we heard footsteps coming up the stairs and freaked out because we thought we were going to get shanked by a graffiti gang, but we scared whoever it was away with our flashlights. More advice for future Sub Pop losers—never break into an abandoned factory without bringing a flashlight:

Kithkin – Fallen Giants [Official Video]
The Official Music Video for Kithkin’s new song ‘Fallen Giants’, the first single off of their new LP coming in 2013 Kithkinband.com facebook.com/kithkinband…"


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