Against the Grain Scholarships

They believe in supporting future Asian American artists and leaders who are shining examples of what it means to Go Against The Grain. Each year, ATG proudly awards scholarships to a select group of amazing Asian American high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate school students through our Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship and Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship. In 2015, they added the #LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarshipa new scholarship for aspiring fashion and graphic design students, in honor of a special member of the ATG family Lyly Koenig Mendez, an aspiring fashion designer who passed away from cancer this January 2015. In 2016, they added the Lily Pabilona Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship, which recognizes students pursuing a major or concentration in entrepreneurship. They have proudly awarded nearly 50 students with more than $65,000 in scholarships since 2011.

A panel of judges selects scholarship finalists and winners based on the combined strength of their GPA, community involvement and leadership, personal essay, portfolio and/or video submission and personal interview, representing the spirit of Against The Grain Productions.

Scholarships Go Live: January 2020
Application Deadline: May 2020
Winner Announcement: August 2020

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Annual Amount


Additional Selection Criteria

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Application Process

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Application Deadline: May 2020


February 3, 2020


August 2019

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