AIGA’s primary goals are to increase creative professional diversity and foster social and environmental responsibility in tomorrow’s artists, designers, and studios. Recipients of scholarships are selected not only for their talent and need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to return through their work to the larger community.
Each award shall be paid directly to the school of the recipient and applied to tuition. AIGA Worldstudio scholarships have awarded more than $1 million to over 700 minority and economically disadvantaged art and design college students since its inception in 1995.
Fundamental scholarships are awarded in $2,000–$3,000 amounts. One or two top awards can be giOnly students in financial need are awarded scholarships; applicants must therefore provide complete financial aid information on the scholarship form and have the form signed by a financial aid officer.
In the next generation of artists and designers, scholarships are awarded to foster social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness. ven at the discretion of the jury in an amount of up to $5,000. Honorable mention prizes are also awarded in the amount of $500 cash. Each award shall be paid directly to the school of the recipient and applied to tuition. Recipients will also receive a one-year membership of AIGA for the first time.
Graduate students will not be considered unless their statements and work directly address these concerns. Examples of a commitment to a social agenda:
- Work that clearly demonstrates positive social change.
- Work that addresses identity politics (i.e., cultural, ethnic, sexual or gender identity)
- Demonstration of a clear career path (not just “I hope…”), such as to teach, mentor, work with young people, serve your community, etc
Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA.
Applicants must be pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in one of the following disciplines: Graphic design, Illustration, Photography
Applicants must be citizens of the United States or be in possession of a green card (formally known as a Permanent resident card or Form I-551).
Applicants must be matriculated (or planning to matriculate) at accredited colleges and universities in the United States for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 academic year and must maintain full-time status for the entire year.
Scholarships are only awarded to students who are in ﬁnancial need, applicants must, therefore, provide complete ﬁnancial aid information on the scholarship form and have the form signed by a ﬁnancial aid oﬃcer. Though not a requirement, minority status is a signiﬁcant factor considered in jury decisions.
Eligible Regions: Citizens of the United States
- AIGA Worldstudio scholarships benefit minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States.
- Scholarships are awarded to encourage social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the next generation of artists and designers.
- Basic scholarships are awarded in amounts of $2000–$3000.
- For the ﬁrst time, recipients will also receive a one-year AIGA membership.
- One or two top awards may be given in an amount up to $5000 at the jury’s discretion.
- Honorable mention prizes in the amount of $500 cash are also awarded. Each award is paid directly to the recipient’s school and applied toward tuition.
In order to ﬁll out an application, applicants must have a complimentary AIGA web account. Log in to or create a new account at my.aiga.org. Membership is encouraged, but is not a requirement. The application is available at aiga.org/worldstudio-scholarship. To edit the application, applicants may log back in until the deadline of April 24.
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Application Deadline: April 24, 2019