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.

Annual Amount

Scholarships are typically awarded in amounts of $2,500–$3,750. 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–$750 cash are also awarded. A one-year AIGA membership is also awarded to recipients.

Additional Selection Criteria

Eligibility Requirements


  • NEW! Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in the disciplines of graphic design, illustration, or photography. Note: Apply in the category that best matches your major.
  • Applicants must be matriculated (or planning to matriculate) at accredited colleges and universities in the United States for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 academic year and must maintain full-time status for the entire year.


  • 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).

Additional Criteria

  • Financial need and talent are primary factors in the review and selection process.
  • Applicants must provide complete financial aid information with confirmation from the school’s financial aid officer.
  • A Portfolio of work samples and a written statement of purpose must also be provided to demonstrate talent and commitment to giving back to the community. A.I. Generated or Assisted art is not eligible. We will not consider A.I. text-to-image generated work samples or self-portraits.
  • 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.

Application Process


STEP 1: Read the Application Guide: and about the Application Process:
STEP 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
STEP 3: When you click Start Application, you will be directed to the AIGA login page to begin.

Don't have an AIGA account? Create one now:—setting up an account is free and easy through! Return to this page when you are ready to start your application.

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STEP 4: Confirm letters of reference have been received. Reference letters are accepted until April 30.
STEP 5: Feel good about what you’ve accomplished. We can’t wait to see what you do next!



April 7, 2023

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