Worldstudio AIGA 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

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


Educational Requirements
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
*Note: Apply in the category that best matches your major.

Citizenship Requirements

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 2020/Spring 2021 academic year and must maintain full-time status for the entire year.

Additional Criteria
Scholarships are only awarded to students who are in financial need; applicants must, therefore, provide complete financial aid information on the scholarship form and have the form signed by a financial aid officer.

Though not a requirement, racial-ethnic minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions.

Application Process

Application Period and Notifications

The application period for the 2019/2020 academic school year is now open. Deadline is April 15, 2020. Click here to access the application portal and apply.

To Apply

In order to fill out an application, you must have a complimentary AIGA web account. Log in to check if you have an account, or you can create a new account at Membership is encouraged, but is not a requirement.

To edit your application, you may log back in until the deadline of April 15, 2020.


Students will be notified of award status in late-July. Awards will be announced in late-August/early-September. Keep an eye on this page or follow @AIGAdesign for updates.


April 15, 2020

For the application or more information go to: