AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

Since its inception in 1995, more than one million dollars has been awarded to 700+ college students of art and design.

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 annually to encourage social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the next generation of artists and designers.

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

Application period and notification

The application period for the 2019/2020 academic school year is now closed. Watch for updates in February for the 2020/2021 application cycle. Deadlines are in April.

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. Please be sure to read the application instructions in full.


Find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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Support AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

AIGA celebrates the 25-year anniversary of the AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships program with a generosity campaign. Help us increase diversity in the creative professions by making an online donation today! Your support will have an immediate and lasting impact.

Scholarship awards begin at $2,500. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support 20 student scholarships in 2020—a gift they’ll never forget. Learn how you or your organization can help sustain this program and make it possible for the next generation of creative talent to achieve their educational goals. Download the Donor Form to have a scholarship made in your name or contact us to learn about corporate partnerships or foundation support opportunities.

Thank you in advance for helping to elevate the next generation of creative talent and ensure a more diverse and inclusive future. Together we can do amazing things.


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



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