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    Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

    Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow U.S. college students from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only to realize their artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities.

    2015–2016 Scholarships

    The 2015 application period for the Worldstudio AIGA scholarship is now closed. Please check back for updates and to apply next year!

    Past recipients

    2015–2016: Get to know the recipients

    2014–2015: Press release | Get to know the recipients

    2013–2014: Press release | Get to know the recipients

    2012–2013: Press release | Get to know the recipients

    2011–2012: Get to know the recipients

    2010–2011: Get to know the recipients

    2009–2010: Get to know the recipients

    2008–2009: Get to know the recipients

    2007–2008: Get to know the recipients

    2006–2007: Get to know the recipients

    Criteria and awards

    Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships benefit minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying art and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Our primary aims are:

    • To increase diversity in the creative professions
    • To foster social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers and studios of tomorrow

    Scholarship recipients are selected not only for their ability and their need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community through their work.

    Each award is paid directly to the recipient’s school and applied toward tuition.

    • Basic scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $2,000–$3,000.
    • Up to two additional awards may be given in an amount up to $5,000 at the jury’s discretion.
    • Honorable mention prizes in the amount of $500 cash are also awarded.


    • Applicants must be citizens of the United States or possess a green card (formally known as a Permanent Resident Card or Form I-551).
    • Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a discipline listed below with the intention of pursuing that discipline as a career.
    • Applicants must be matriculated (or planning to matriculate) at accredited colleges and universities in the United States for the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 academic year with the intention of maintaining full-time status for the entire year.
      • If you do not yet know which school you will attend, put your first choice.
      • If you are awarded a scholarship you will need to submit proof of acceptance in your chosen discipline.
      • If you are an incoming student who has yet to enroll, you must submit proof of acceptance from schools of choice.
    • Though not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions.
    • Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA.
    • Scholarships are only awarded to those students who are in financial need. Applicants must, therefore, provide complete Financial Aid information on the scholarship form and have the form signed by his/her Financial Aid Officer.
    • Deadline: All entries must be received by March 27, 2015 for the 2015/2016 scholarship competition; students must be enrolled for the full Fall 2015/Spring 2016 academic year.

    Areas of study

    Students may apply in only one discipline. You must be majoring in one of these disciplines to qualify:

    • Advertising (art direction only)
    • Fine art
    • Graphic design
    • Illustration
    • Interactive design/motion graphics
    • Photography

    Selection and notification process

    Entries will be evaluated by a jury of creative professionals appointed annually by Worldstudio Foundation and AIGA. In selecting the winning entries, jurors will take into account a number of factors including: quality of submitted work, financial need, minority status, academic record, recommendations, and strength of written statement of purpose. All applicants will be notified in late June. Please do not call to check on the status of your application.

    Worldstudio and AIGA will notify schools of financial awards and distribute scholarship funds directly to the institution’s financial aid office in September 2015. Students are required to notify Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships if there is a change in their academic status.


    All former scholarship recipients must reapply in order to be considered for the next year's competition. Previous recipients who choose to reapply should submit new work and written statement of purpose.

    As organizations, Worldstudio Foundation and AIGA act to build a center within the creative community for imaginative and progressive change. As such, we eagerly anticipate the work that our scholarship recipients will accomplish now and in the future. We take our scholarship program seriously and hope that recipients will keep us abreast of their projects as they work toward their goals. Correspondence is encouraged.

    Lend your support

    Each year, the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship program receives hundreds of applications from young people in this very predicament: desperate to influence the world with their amazing talents but without the financial means to do so. Fortunately, with the support of generous individuals, organizations and corporations, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow young people to achieve their goals and further their education. Learn more about how you can help.

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