AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

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.

Application period and notification

Final deadline: April 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

The application for the 2019–2020 academic school year is now closed.

Students will be notified of award status in mid- to late-July. Awards will be announced in late-August/early-September. Keep an eye on this page or follow @AIGAdesign for updates.


Download and read the application instructions in advance of the deadline. This packet is your go-to guide and contains all you need to know about eligibility, the application and portfolio requirements, selection and notification process, required financial documentation, and more.

Exceptions to eligibility requirements or to the deadline will not be made. Be sure to read the application instructions in full.

2019 Jurors

Worldstudio Foundation:

  • Mark Randall
  • Tom Koken

Graphic Design category:

  • George Garrastegui Jr., Creative Strategy at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology
  • Dian Holton, Deputy Art Director at AARP Media
  • Lee-Sean Huang, Design Education Manager at AIGA + Co-founder and Creative Director of Foossa
  • Shani Sandy, Executive Creative Director at S&P Global

Illustration category:

  • Marcos Chin, award winning Illustrator
  • Rodrigo Honeywell, Art Director at The New York Times
  • Melanie Reim, Chairperson of the MFA in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology + Education Chair at The Society of Illustrators

Photography cateogry:

  • Alexander Ayer, French-American Photographer/Videographer
  • Claudia Grimaldi Marks, Senior Art Director at Getty Images


2019–2020: Your name here!

2018–2019: Meet the recipients! | Meet the jury

2017–2018: Get to know the recipients

2016–2017: Get to know the recipients

2015–2016: Get to know the recipients

2014–2015: Get to know the recipients

Ways to contribute

There is always a need for additional support. If you or your organization are interested in contributing to the AIGA Worldstudio scholarship fund, here are a few ways to give. Download this donor form to learn more about how you or your organization can make a difference.

About the AIGA Worldstudio scholarship

Our primary aims are to increase diversity in the creative professions, and to foster social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers, and studios of tomorrow. Scholarship recipients are selected not only for their talent 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.

Since its inception in 1995, AIGA Worldstudio scholarships has awarded more than one million dollars to 700+ minority and economically disadvantaged college students of art and design.


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This is a program of AIGA's Diversity & Inclusion initiative, in partnership with the Worldstudio Foundation.