Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

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

Annual Amount

Basic scholarships are awarded in the 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. Each award is paid directly to the recipient’s school and applied toward tuition. In addition, honorable mention prizes in the amount of $500 cash are also awarded.

Additional Selection Criteria


  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States or possess a green card. Having DACA certification and or a Social Security number does not make you eligible.
  • Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a discipline listed below with the intention of pursuing that discipline as a career.
  • Applicants must be matriculated (or planning to matriculate) at accredited colleges and universities in the United States for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 academic school year with the intention of maintaining full-time status for the entire year. If you do not yet know which school you will attend, put your first choice.
  • Though not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions.
  • Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Scholarships are only awarded to those students who are in financial need. Applicants must, therefore, provide complete financial aid information on the scholarship form and have the form signed by his/her Financial Aid Officer.

Areas of study

Students may apply in only one discipline and it must be the student’s major. We do not offer scholarships to minors in these disciplines. Eligible disciplines include:

  • Graphic Design (includes; visual design)
  • Illustration (includes; animation)
  • Photography

Deadline: All entries must be received by April 24, 2019 for the 2019/2020 scholarship competition. (Students must be enrolled for the full Fall 2019/Spring 2020 academic year.)

Application Process


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.

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April 24, 2019

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