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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The AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship will allow me to enter my senior year without the worry of paying my tuition out of pocket. I can solely focus on completing my senior thesis, rather than juggling work, my studies, and the most important project of my college career.

Jonai Gibson-Selix

2021–2022 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship Recipient

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Application Process

    Since its inception in 1995, more than $1.3 million dollars has been awarded to 800+ 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.

    2021–2022 Scholarship and Honorable Mention Recipients

    This year, 16 scholarships and 7 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 capturing moments of resistance and resilience that exist within marginalized communities; creating video games and teaching younger kids how to code; designing for social change with a focus on disability and diversity; evoking joy through design to positively impact youth; using fantasy to create spaces of acceptance; bringing positive representation to the table by spotlighting hidden perspectives; utilizing methods used by marginalized interdisciplinary artists to resist structures of oppression; depicting Blackness, struggle, joy, and family, and making art accessible to all; and more. We are thrilled to announce this year's recipients!

    Kofi Bazzell-Smith

    Graphic Design

    Kofi Bazzell-Smith

    Graduate Student, University of Illinois

    Camrien Cooper

    Graphic Design

    Camrien Cooper

    Junior, University of California Berkeley

    Miriam Flores

    Graphic Design

    Miriam Flores

    Junior, University of Utah

    Jonai Gibson-Selix

    Graphic Design

    Jonai Gibson-Selix

    Senior, The University of the Arts

    Sulaiman Jackson

    Graphic Design

    Sulaiman Jackson

    Sophomore, Baker College

    Gawon Lee

    Graphic Design

    Gawon Lee

    Graduate Student, George Mason University

    Olivia Quesada

    Graphic Design

    Olivia Quesada

    Senior, University of Washington - Seattle

    Olivia Santangelo

    Graphic Design

    Olivia Santangelo

    Freshman, North Carolina State University College of Design

    Nick Tallent

    Graphic Design

    Nick Tallent

    Senior, University of Houston

    Adreenah "Dreezy" Wynn

    Graphic Design

    Adreenah "Dreezy" Wynn

    Graduate Student, University of Florida

    Ty Campbell

    Illustration

    Ty Campbell

    Freshman, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Alex Driskell

    Illustration

    Alex Driskell

    Freshman, Ringling College of Art and Design

    Matilda Gonzales

    Illustration

    Matilda Gonzales

    Freshman, Northwest Vista College

    Yeala Grimes

    Illustration

    Yeala Grimes

    Freshman, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Ajane Lawrence

    Illustration

    Ajane Lawrence

    Sophomore, North Carolina State University

    Avery Luthardt

    Illustration

    Avery Luthardt

    Freshman, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

    Sydnei Pitts

    Illustration

    Sydnei Pitts

    Junior, Loyola Marymount University

    Duha Shreiteh

    Illustration

    Duha Shreiteh

    Freshman, Kansas City Art Institute

    Jamil Fatti

    Photography

    Jamil Fatti

    Graduate Student, Rhode Island School of Design

    Xavier Hadley

    Photography

    Xavier Hadley

    Graduate Student, New York University

    Lia Latty

    Photography

    Lia Latty

    Senior, Maryland Institute College of Art

    Marilyn Montúfar

    Photography

    Marilyn Montúfar

    Graduate Student, East Los Angeles College

    Stevia Ndoe

    Photography

    Stevia Ndoe

    Freshman, New York University

    2021–2022 Jurors

    Thank you to our amazing 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 2022

    Application closes
    April 2022

    Earliest notification
    July 2022

    Earliest announcement
    September 2022

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    Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation

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    This scholarship has also shown me that my endeavors to create cultural bridges through my artwork and scholarship are valid. This is the first step in my journey as an academic and I am very grateful to AIGA for making this opportunity possible.

    Kofi Bazzell-Smith

    2021–2022 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship Recipient

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    Increasing Access to Design Education for More Than 25 Years

    Your support has an immediate and lasting impact; it provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds with positive social agendas to achieve their educational goals and give back to communities through their work.

    I'm attracted to design, particularly interaction design, for its ability to combine art and engineering and psychology into one discipline that can create quantifiable social change. I want to leave the world a better place than I found it, and as a designer, I feel like I can do that.

    Olivia Quesada

    2021–2022 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship Recipient

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    Building Partnerships With A Vibrant Community

    The National Partnership Program is about leadership, relevance, and impact—with, within, and through design—to build and sustain programs, initiatives, and resources that champion a more contemporary and inclusive profession.