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The Gallery Collection Announces 5th Annual $10,000 Create-A-Greeting-Card Contest Winner

(March 19, 2012)

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 03/19/12 -- The Gallery Collection, a leading publisher of personalized greeting cards, is proud to announce the winner of its 5th Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card scholarship contest. Whitney Fuertes of Tolleson, Arizona will receive this year's $10,000 award for her submission. In addition to a personal scholarship, Whitney's school, La Joya Community High School, will receive a $1,000 prize.

Whitney's hand-drawn work depicts a Nativity scene under a night sky. Her design beat out thousands of other entrants to be crowned this year's winner. Whitney's design and all of the 2011 finalists can be viewed on the Greeting Cards Winners and Finalists page on The Gallery Collection website along with previous years' winners.

Whitney, a high school senior, plans to use her scholarship money to study nursing in college and pursue a career as a Registered Nurse. "It means so much to me to be able to stop worrying about how I'm going to pay for school," said Whitney when learning she was this year's scholarship recipient. "My goals once I finish school are to be able to be work in the Phoenix Children's Hospital and be able to help the children out as much as I possibly can." She was also appreciative of The Gallery Collection's scholarship contest, saying "it's a wonderful program -- they make it so simple and fair for anyone to participate in."

This marks the fifth consecutive year The Gallery Collection has hosted a greeting card design contest. High school and college students 14 years of age or older can submit original photos, paintings, drawings, and graphic designs to be considered for the front of a greeting card. Thousands of entries are judged based on overall aesthetic appeal, quality of execution, creativity, and suitability as a Gallery Collection greeting card until one winning design is chosen in March. The lucky winner receives a $10,000 scholarship, as well as having his or her design made into an actual greeting card to be added to The Gallery Collection's extensive line.

To review the official scholarship rules or to submit an entry for next year's contest, visit the Scholarship homepage. Check out The Gallery Collection's blog to read how a previous year's winning design was turned into a Gallery card, or view to see the company's complete line of beautifully crafted greeting cards.

About The Gallery Collection -- Prudent Publishing's The Gallery Collection is a leading publisher of premium quality business greeting cards in the United States. Established in 1929 and still family owned, the company offers direct-from-the-publisher prices that include customized ink and foil imprints, a large selection of memorable greetings, and matching deckle-edged envelopes made of recycled paper. The Gallery Collection also offers an extensive array of business Christmas cards and personalized holidays cards, of which many of the designs are FSC-certified (SW-COC-002530) and produced with renewable energy.

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