AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships benefit underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships are awarded annually to encourage social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the next generation of artists and designers.

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Application Process

    Since its inception in 1995, more than $1.25 million dollars has been awarded to 750+ college students of art and design. 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.

    Basic scholarships are awarded in amounts of $2,000–$3,000. One or two top 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. Each scholarship is paid directly to the recipient’s school and applied toward tuition. Recipients also receive a one-year AIGA membership.

    Each year, the application cycle opens in February and closes in April.

    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 2021/Spring 2022 academic year and must maintain full-time status for the entire year.

    Financial need and talent are primary factors in the review and selection process. Applicants must also provide:

    • Complete financial aid information with confirmation from the school’s financial aid officer. Get ready now! FAFSA
    • Official transcript, including current GPA from most recently attended college or high school transcript
    • A Portfolio of work samples and a written statement of purpose is required to demonstrate talent and commitment to giving back to the community.
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant and the applicant's work—teachers, employers, counselors, etc.
    • Though not a requirement, diversity is a significant factor considered in jury decisions. AIGA considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience when reviewing applications.

    2020–2021 Scholarship and Honorable Mention Recipients

    This year, 13 scholarships and 11 honorable mentions awards were granted to applicants whose work focuses on social, environmental, and cultural impact. Each student has demonstrated talent along with a commitment to giving back to their community through their work. They are advocating for social and environmental reform; addressing the stigmas of mental health and racism; founding nonprofits to uplift young artists; promoting sustainability, higher education, and food justice; producing digital content for substance-free spaces created by and for queer artists; advocating for body positivity among women; informing people of the struggle and the beauty that is being black; focusing on the manifestation of identity to show the consistently powerful presence of the black figure; giving impoverished youth a voice; curating narrative-based visual pieces to educate and combat cultural erasure in the media and entertainment industry; and more. We are thrilled to announce this year's recipients!

    Matthew Alexander

    Graphic Design

    Matthew Alexander

    Graduate Student, University of Maryland, College Park

    Sundhya Anthony

    Graphic Design

    Sundhya Anthony

    Freshman, California Institute of the Arts

    Cecilia Caputo

    Graphic Design

    Cecilia Caputo

    Senior, College for Creative Studies

    Ricky Chen

    Graphic Design

    Ricky Chen

    Sophomore, Carnegie Mellon University

    Alexandria Gee

    Graphic Design

    Alexandria Gee

    Freshman, University of Southern California

    Jonai Gibson-Selix

    Graphic Design

    Jonai Gibson-Selix

    Junior, The University of the Arts

    Tanaya Henson

    Photography

    Tanaya Henson

    Freshman, School of Visual Arts

    Aliya Hernandez

    Illustration

    Aliya Hernandez

    Freshman, University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design

    Aydan Huseynli

    Illustration

    Aydan Huseynli

    Freshman, Rhode Island School of Design

    Taylor Kim

    Graphic Design

    Taylor Kim

    Junior, University of California Los Angeles

    David Leyva

    Graphic Design

    David Leyva

    Graduate Student, New York University

    Erika Loret de Mola

    Graphic Design

    Erika Loret de Mola

    Graduate Student, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    Alice Mao

    Illustration

    Alice Mao

    Freshman, Yale University

    Amuri Morris

    Illustration

    Amuri Morris

    Senior, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Cheyenne Newkirk

    Illustration

    Cheyenne Newkirk

    Freshman, North Carolina State University

    Sara O'Brien

    Illustration

    Sara O'Brien

    Freshman, Pratt Institute

    Ogonna Ononye

    Graphic Design

    Ogonna Ononye

    Graduate Student, Maryland Institute College of Art

    Beverly Price

    Photography

    Beverly Price

    Graduate Student, Maryland Institute College of Art

    Maddie Provost

    Photography

    Maddie Provost

    Freshman, New York University

    Reeyana Sehgeh

    Photography

    Reeyana Sehgeh

    Graduate Student, The Creative Circus

    Eve Tamez

    Illustration

    Eve Tamez

    Freshman, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

    Sydney Walsh

    Photography

    Sydney Walsh

    Junior, George Washington University, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

    Robert Willis

    Photography

    Robert Willis

    Junior, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta

    2021–2022 Jurors

    Thank you to our panel of jurors!

    Carlos Estrada

    Graphic Design

    Carlos Estrada

    Principal/CD, Agency 512 / Vice Chair, AIGA DEI / Equity Director, AIGA Detroit

    Sabrina Hall

    Graphic Design

    Sabrina Hall

    Senior Product Design Manager, Justworks / CUP Board of Directors

    Dian Holton

    Graphic Design

    Dian Holton

    Deputy Art Director, AARP Media

    Natacha Poggio

    Graphic Design

    Natacha Poggio

    Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, University of Houston-Downtown / Director,
    Design Global Change

    Sadie Red Wing

    Graphic Design

    Sadie Red Wing

    Student Success Coach, American Indian College Fund

    Gil Ashby

    Illustration

    Gil Ashby

    Visual Artist / Associate Professor of Illustration, College for Creative Studies Detroit

    Robin Ng

    Illustration

    Robin Ng

    Art Director / Illustrator, Independent Freelance

    Sarah Siddiqui

    Illustration

    Sarah Siddiqui

    Lead Graphic Designer, Experience Kissimmee

    Claudia Grimaldi Mark

    Photography

    Claudia Grimaldi Marks

    Senior Art Director, Getty Images

    Reggie Tidwell

    Photography

    Reggie Tidwell

    Curve Theory / AIGA Asheville, Founding President

    Tom Koken

    Worldstudio

    Tom Koken

    Designer, Worldstudio

    Mark Randall

    Worldstudio

    Mark Randall

    Principal, Worldstudio Associate Dean + Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design Strategies

    Applications Cycle

    Application opens
    February 10, 2021

    Application closes
    April 20, 2021

    Earliest notification
    July 2021

    Earliest announcement
    September 2021

    The next application cycle will open in February 2022.

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