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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AIGA announces call for scholarship applications for the 2022/2023 academic year.

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Past Recipients

Work by Miriam Flores. “Cruzando” “Crossing” (2019), Digital/Photoshop.

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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 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, studios, and companies 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.

    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. A one-year AIGA membership is also awarded to recipients.

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

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    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

    AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships do not support: industrial design, interior design, film, architecture, landscape design, theater design, fashion design, costume design, fine art, etc.

    Please keep in mind that decisions are made based on how your work compares to students in your category (graphic design, illustration, photography). If your major/area of study can be clearly considered within one of these three categories, you may proceed with the application.

    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 2022/Spring 2023 academic year and must maintain full-time status for the entire year.

    Please read the Application Guide and FAQs for more information.

    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! Free Application for Federal Student Aid: 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 (e.g., military service) that shape creative perspective and professional experience when reviewing applications.

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    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

    2022–2023 Application Cycle

    Application opens
    February 10, 2022

    Application closes
    April 20, 2022

    Earliest notification
    July 2022

    Earliest announcement
    September 2022

    2023–2024 Application Cycle

    Application opens
    February 2023

    Application closes
    April 2023

    Earliest notification
    July 2023

    Earliest announcement
    September 2023

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    AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

    Don't be afraid to get lost in the weeds of making and producing design work for yourself based on your interests or creators that you admire. There is so much value in finding THE passion in what drives your curiosity that I encourage the indulgence of trial and errors. Your small discoveries can lead you to find some buried through lines and unexpected influences that are totally worth further investigation.

    David Jon Walker

    Designer, Rhealistic Design /Associate Professor, Austin Peay State University

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    2022–2023 Jurors

    Thank you to our amazing jurors!

    Dian Holton

    Graphic Design

    Dian Holton

    Senior Deputy Art Director, AARP

    Rose Newton

    Graphic Design

    Rose Newton

    UX Design Manager, Google

    Tré Seals

    Graphic Design

    Tré Seals

    Vocal Type

    David Jon Walker

    Graphic Design

    David Jon Walker

    Designer, Rhealistic Design /Associate Professor, Austin Peay State University

    Sadie Red Wing

    Graphic Design

    Sadie Red Wing

    Assistant Professor, OCAD University

    Victor Davila

    Illustration

    Victor Davila

    Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

    Tom Koken

    Illustration

    Tom Koken

    Designer, Worldstudio / Worldstudio Foundation

    Juana Medina

    Illustration

    Juana Medina

    Author, Illustrator, and Assistant Professor at George Mason University’s School of Art & Design

    Sarah Siddiqui

    Illustration

    Sarah Siddiqui

    Creative Lead, Experience Kissimmee

    Jemma Dilag

    Photography

    Jemma Dilag

    Creative Consultant / Co-Founder of Queer the Lens

    Reggie Tidwell

    Photography

    Reggie Tidwell

    Owner, Curve Theory

    Mark Randall

    Worldstudio

    Mark Randall

    Associate Dean + Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design Strategies
    Founder + Creative Director, Worldstudio

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    Named scholarships can be made in your name, your company’s name, or your chapter’s name when you donate $3,250 or more.

    Special thanks to:
    Betty Designs,
    CASE Agency,
    Design Continuum Fund,
    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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    AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships in the News

    Press Release

    November 16, 2021

    AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship AIGATogether Fundraising Campaign

    Since 1995, the well-known AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships program has awarded $1.3 million to more than 800 college students to help increase diversity in the design profession and foster social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers, studios, and companies of tomorrow. The annual year-end fundraiser aims to raise $100,000 to support students whose work focuses on social, environmental, and cultural impact.

    Press Release

    October 7, 2021

    AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship Winners Announced

    Jurors selected 23 students to receive awards for the 2021/2022 academic year.

    Webinar

    December 1, 2020

    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.

    Press Release

    September 2, 2020

    AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship Winners Announced

    Jurors selected 24 students to receive awards for the 2020/2021 academic year.

    Podcast

    May 5, 2020

    Design Future Live: Giving Tuesday Now Edition

    During a special #GivingTuesdayNow edition of Design Future Live, Lee-Sean Huang spoke with AIGA Medalist, Mark Randall of Worldstudio Foundation about the AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship program and the state of design education amidst COVID-19.

    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.