AIGA, the professional association for design, is currently offering the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships for college students from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This scholarship program is meant to increase diversity in the creative professions and to “foster social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers and studios of tomorrow”. This program awards basic scholarships (in the amounts of $2,000â€“$3,000) and up to two additional awards may be given in an amount up to $5,000 at the jury’s discretion. Furthermore, honorable mention prizes worth $500 cash are also awarded.
To apply you must be either a citizen of the U.S. or be in possession of a green card. You must have at least a 2.0, and it is beneficial to be a minority applicant (although not required). To be eligible, you also must be majoring in either Advertising (art direction only), Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Design/Motion Graphics, or Photography. The application can be accessed online, and application instructions can be found on the AIGA site. Along with the typical personal information, part of the application requires a statement (no more than 600 words) that must include the following:
1. Write a brief autobiography, explaining how your experiences have influenced your creative work and your career plans.
2. In the future, how do you see yourself as a creator contributing to the community at large?
If you have any questions, contact AIGA directly. The application deadline for this year’s program is March 30, 2012. Good luck!