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MON, MAY 20, 2013 at 7:49 AM

2013’s Winningest LOSERS

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The Losers have won! We here at Sub Pop HQ have been toiling away for the past couple of months trying to find the three Losers most worthy of winning our scholarship and we are finally ready to announce the Loser winners. With close to 300 submissions by a variety of awesome youth throughout the northwest, this process was not easy for us. It is tough to cull 99% of the applicants to just the top three, we thank all of the awesome Losers out there and are happy to see so many freak flags waving high in the sky. Now onto the Losers:

Our $3000 scholarship winner is Evan Neuhausen of Portland. Evan is an amazing organizer and fundraiser in the Portland music community who has helped get big name bands to support the arts in Portland Public Schools. Volunteering for the Music In The Schools non-profit, Evan has worked as the President of the organization for the past two years helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars through fundraising benefit shows with awesome local bands. When not in school or volunteering Evan interns for the Tender Loving Empire record label and works with the PDX Pop Now festival. Upon graduation Evan will be leaving the Pacific Northwest and headed to NYU, where hopefully he’ll become an even bigger Loser.

Our $4000 prize goes to the gifted Jamie Iwata. Multi-talented and very gifted, Jamie is a testament to how music can change people’s lives. Since he was a kid Jaimi has turned to music as a way to find self expression, now as a young adult Jaimi uses choir, his band The Great Train Robbery, and his friends from the Portland School of Rock to get his ya ya’s out. The sheer amount of vocal talent, musicianship, and eclectic musical interests combined with Jamie’s awesome attitude make us here at Sub Pop very excited to support such a wonderful Loser. After graduating Oregon Connections Academy, Jamie will continue his education at the University of Colorado where he’ll be majoring in vocal performance.

Our $6000 Loser is the ever-so-talented musician/journalist Mary Ruiz. Through her writing and her music, Mary has carved out a unique identity in her local community and found a perfect niche to grow up while also giving back. Cutting her teeth at the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls, Mary grew confidence as a youngster learning to perform and be herself. Now as a young adult she helps the next generation of young talented Losers by volunteering her summers as a roadie, guitar instructor, and mentor with the RNRCFG. Whether through her band Guadalupe, or her blog, or even her reporting as a student journalist Mary makes a calculated effort to reach out and positively influence the lives of others. As our newest Loser winner we’ll be helping Mary pursue and further her career in journalism at Mills College with this $6000 college scholarship.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all that applied. Every year we get to see just how many talented, freaky, weird, cool young people that are out there in the woods and hollows of the northwest and every year we get more and more impressed. Keep up the good work young folks, thank you for inspiring us once again, we’ll see you Losers again around this time next year.


Posted by andrew sullivan

THU, APR 18, 2013 at 2:58 AM

Sub Pop Announces Loser Scholarship 2013

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Hey there!

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $13,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $6,000, one for $4,000 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 May 6th.

Please send all submissions and attachments to scholarship@subpop.com by May 6th, 2013. We will announce the scholarship winners on May 20th.

All physical submissions should be sent to:

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

Amount: $6,000 / $4,000 / $3,000 — checks will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to winning applicants tuition.

Good luck losers.

Sincerely,

Sub Pop


Posted by Bekah Zietz

NEWS : FRI, MAY 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

We’ve Found Our Loser Winners, Rejoice!

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Thank you so much to everyone who applied for the Sub Pop Loser Scholarship this year! We had more entrants than ever, and we’re super inspired by the amount of creativity spewing forth from the youth of the Northwest. Without further adieu, here’s the list of the 2012 winners:

1st Place – Kelsey Curtis of Portland, OR

Why we picked her: Kelsey’s photography was stellar, she volunteered her services to rad organizations like the Dill Pickle Club, and had an articulate essay detailing her passion for art & street photographers.

Check out some of Kelsey’s work here.

2nd Place – Joe McGehee of Renton, WA

Why we picked him: Joe’s essay included a really moving story about his father, he detailed why art is his anchor, he’s extremely motivated (attended pre-college art courses at Academy of Art in Cali), he helped with art classes at the YMCA, and submitted a fabulous portfolio to boot.

Take a look at some of Joe’s art at his blog

3rd Place – Brianna O’Brien of Seattle, WA

Why we picked her: We loved Brianna’s super creative sketches (she aspires to be a fashion designer) and we loved her dedication to being involved in arts organizations that reach out to those in need (9/11 Project, Nike project to design shoes for underprivileged Native American youth, etc.). She was also selected as one of the teen artists to display their work as part of the “Arts on the Waterfront” series.


Posted by Sasha Morgan

FRI, MAR 23, 2012 at 9:05 AM

The 2012 Sub Pop Records Loser Scholarship is on

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Hey there!

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $13,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $6,000, one for $4,000 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 May 15th.

Please send all submissions and attachments to scholarship@subpop.com by May 15th, 2012. We will announce the scholarship winners on May 28th.

All physical submissions should be sent to:

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

Amount: $6,000 / $4,000 / $3,000 — checks will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to winning applicants tuition.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

MON, MAY 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM

***Loser Winners Announced***

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The Scholarship Committee here at Sub Pop Headquarters is pleased to announce our Loser scholarship winners for 2011!

First Place: Javier Caceres
He is a film student at Shorewood High School and has been involved in many incredible film projects. The most notable one, the “Shorewood Lip Dub” went viral, caught the attention of the Rachael Ray Show, and got over 1.6 Million views on YouTube. You probably have seen this video, but if you haven’t, you should definitely check it out! It’s the Hall and Oates Song “You Make My Dreams” that was lip dubbed and filmed backwards in one take. It’s really pretty amazing, and The Rachael Ray piece explains how it was done. We loved this kid immediately! He plans to study Media Arts at Shoreline Community College, then transfer to a larger university and study Video Production.

Watch “Shorewood Lip Dub” here.

Watch the Rachael Ray piece here.

Second Place: Tanner Smith
He is a songwriter, a drummer and is a really incredible sculptor. He is from Sisters, OR and has been involved in Jazz festivals and many charity projects.

Watch this YouTube video with slides of his sculptures backed by a song that he wrote!

Third Place: Theodora Shure
She is an artist, a photographer, a singer, and has been a chair of the VERArt Gallery. (For those unfamiliar, The Vera Project in Seattle is a pretty rad youth run music and arts venue.) Theodora has been involved in several Seattle area non-profit arts organizations to boot. She plans to attend the University of Chicago next year. Since there are no video links for her art, her collage, painting, and photo are included at the beginning of this post.

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by Sasha Morgan

TUE, MAR 29, 2011 at 5:48 AM

The Sub Pop Scholarship Is Back!

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Hey there!

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $13,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $6,000, one for $4,000 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 May 15th.

Please send all submissions and attachments to scholarship@subpop.com

All physical submissions should be sent to:

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

Amount: $6,000 / $4,000 / $3,000 — checks will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to winning applicants tuition.


Posted by tony kiewel