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.
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
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!
Graduate Student, University of Maryland, College Park
Freshman, California Institute of the Arts
Senior, College for Creative Studies
Sophomore, Carnegie Mellon University
Freshman, University of Southern California
Junior, The University of the Arts
Freshman, School of Visual Arts
Freshman, University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design
Freshman, Rhode Island School of Design
Junior, University of California Los Angeles
Graduate Student, New York University
Erika Loret de Mola
Graduate Student, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Freshman, Yale University
Senior, Virginia Commonwealth University
Freshman, North Carolina State University
Freshman, Pratt Institute
Graduate Student, Maryland Institute College of Art
Graduate Student, Maryland Institute College of Art
Freshman, New York University
Graduate Student, The Creative Circus
Freshman, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Junior, George Washington University, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
Junior, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta
Thank you to our panel of jurors!
Principal/CD, Agency 512 / Vice Chair, AIGA DEI / Equity Director, AIGA Detroit
Senior Product Design Manager, Justworks / CUP Board of Directors
Deputy Art Director, AARP Media
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, University of Houston-Downtown / Director,
Design Global Change
Sadie Red Wing
Student Success Coach, American Indian College Fund
Visual Artist / Associate Professor of Illustration, College for Creative Studies Detroit
Art Director / Illustrator, Independent Freelance
Lead Graphic Designer, Experience Kissimmee
Claudia Grimaldi Marks
Senior Art Director, Getty Images
Curve Theory / AIGA Asheville, Founding President
Principal, Worldstudio Associate Dean + Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design Strategies
February 10, 2021
April 20, 2021
The next application cycle will open in February 2022.
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Design Future Live: Giving Tuesday Edition
AIGA hosted a special edition of AIGA Worldstudio Live for #GivingTuesday. This informational, community-building, and fundraising event supported the 2021/2022 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships. Lee-Sean Huang, AIGA Education Manager and host of Design Futures Now!, was joined by AIGA Medalist, Mark Randall of Worldstudio Foundation; Meaghan Dee and Meena Khalili, Co-Chaiirs of the AIGA Design Educators Community; and George Garrestegui, Jr. of the AIGA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Together, they discuss how we can transform communities and empower students.
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