In 2014, Krystal Kiran created the Maple Batalia Memorial Scholarship for the Arts with the aim of honouring Maple’s memory by providing opportunities for up and coming South Asian-Canadian female artists to pursue and fulfill their artistic dreams - a dream Maple was pursuing before her sudden death in 2011. Tisha Deb Pillai, a third-year Animation student, is the first recipient of Maple’s scholarship.
Tisha was working as an Industrial Designer in India prior to attending Emily Carr, and it was her fascination with the narrative aspect of three-dimensional products and the two-dimensional narrative forms that she explored in personal projects that inspired her to pursue Animation. Tisha explains, “Animation gave me the opportunity to combine both my skills of 2D and 3D storytelling. I found Emily Carr’s approach towards Animation fundamentally artistic and author-driven, giving me the flexibility to choose my orientation.”