Operation Jumpstart

4A’s Foundation established Operation Jumpstart V in 2016 as a five-year program to continue providing financial assistance to aspiring multicultural art directors and copywriters. It is a continuation of Operation Jumpstart I (1997-2000), Operation Jumpstart II (2001-2005), Operation Jumpstart III (2006-2010) and Operation Jumpstart IV (2011-2015).

We’re asking you to join the agencies that have supported OJS over the past two decades and commit to changing the makeup of our industry. No matter the size of your agency you can enable talented students to pursue a career in our industry. By donating, you will be able to help OJS Scholars change our industry.

As a creative industry that thrives on fresh thinking and innovation it's critical that we take advantage of every opportunity to engage the type of diverse talent that can keep our work relevant and impactful. Now more than ever we need to come together to support diverse talent at every point in their career.

OJS’s efforts make a bigger impact when we have the support of everyone in our industry.



  • Registered as an incoming graduate or portfolio school student at a designated OJS portfolio school:

Art Center College of Design
The Creative Circus
Miami Ad School
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Portfolio Center
Pratt Institute
University of Texas at Austin
VCU Brandcenter

  • Is African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American, multiracial or multiethnic
  • Has extreme financial need
  • Shows creative talent and promise
  • Is a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.



Applications are available from participating OJS portfolio schools


Recent Past Scholars


Adenike Akinbisehin, Miami Ad School, Art Direction
Waner Almeida, Miami Ad School, Art Direction
Humberto Belli, Miami Ad School, Copywriting
Dennis Chen, VCU Brandcenter, Copywriting
Naila Costa, Miami Ad School, Copywriting
Joshua Gherghel, VCU Brandcenter, Art Direction
Nancy Martinez, Miami Ad School, Art Direction
Matthew Neylon, VCU Brandcenter, Copywriting
DeJuan Turner, Creative Circus, Art Direction
Barbara Valle, Miami Ad School, Art Direction     


Charles Dobbin, VCU, Copywriting  
Fola Fayanjuola, MAS, Copywriting
Jennifer Garcia, MAS, Art Direction
Leeya Jackson, MAS, Art Direction
Santiago Lastra, MAS, Art Direction
Andres Tamayo, MAS, Art Direction
Lauryn Tillery, UT at Austin, Art Direction
Sean Watts, MAS, Copywriting
Anna Xiques, MAS, Copywriting
Paul You, MAS, Copywriting


Juan Rodriguez-Rivera, Pratt, Art Direction
Wei-Te Shyu, Pratt, Art Direction
Paul Boupha, MAS, Copywriting
Candace Queen, UT, Art Direction
Dorado Quick, VCU, Copywriting
Edward Miller, MAS, Copywriting
Evan Burton, MAS, Copywriting
Rachna Batra, Pratt, Art Direction
Melanie Matlock, VCU, Copywriting
Jacqueline Manoharan, Pratt, Art Direction