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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 application for the 2015–2016 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships will be available in January 2015.

    To help you prepare your application, we suggest reviewing the criteria and eligibility information below, as well as the scholarship application instructions.

    Past 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

    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 2012/Spring 2013 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.

    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)
    • 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. 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 or bursar’s office; half in the fall and half in the spring of the upcoming academic year. Honorable Mention Awards are paid directly to the student. Students are required to notify Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships if there is a change in their academic status.


    Scholarships are only awarded for one year. All former scholarship applicants and recipients are invited to reapply for the next year’s competition. Previous applicants and winners who choose to reapply should submit a complete application, including new work and a new Written Statement of Purpose as evidence that the student has progressed.


    Before contacting us, please take a moment to review the comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Worldstudio site. If these FAQs do not answer your questions, contact AIGA.

    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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