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INSTRUCTIONS
AIGA WORLDSTUDIO
SCHOLARSHIPS
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design
2018– for
2019 inclusion
SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUCTIONS APPLICATION DEADLINE:
APRIL 30, 2018
AIGA WORLDSTUDIO SCHOLARSHIPS

BACKGROUN D EL IGI BI L I T Y
Worldstudio AIGA scholarships benefit minority and Educational Requirements
economically disadvantaged students who are studying art • Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA.
and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the • Applicants must be pursuing undergraduate or graduate
United States. Our primary aims are to increase diversity in the degrees in one of the following disciplines:
creative professions, and to foster social and environmental
responsibility in the artists, designers, and studios of tomorrow. • Fine art
• Graphic design
To this end, scholarship recipients are selected not only for • Illustration
their talent and their need, but also for their demonstrated • Photography
commitment to giving back to the larger community through
their work. *Note: Apply in the category that best matches your major.

Basic scholarships are awarded in amounts of $2,000– Citizenship Requirements
$3,000. One or two top awards may be given in an amount • Applicants must be citizens of the United States or be in
up to $5,000 at the jury’s discretion. Honorable mention possession of a Green Card (formally known as a Permanent
prizes in the amount of $500 cash are also awarded. Each Resident Card or Form I-551).
award is paid directly to the recipient’s school and applied • Applicants must be matriculated (or planning to matriculate) at
toward tuition. For the first time, recipients will also receive a accredited colleges and universities in the United States for the
one-year AIGA membership. Fall 2018/Spring 2019 academic year and must maintain
full-time status for the entire year.

P R E V I OU S R E C I P I E N T S Additional Criteria
Scholarships are only awarded to students who are in financial
O N T H E COV E R : need; applicants must, therefore, provide complete financial aid
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information on the scholarship form and have the form signed
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5. Came ro n Galley , 2017 considered in jury decisions.
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FINANCIAL
NEED

PORTFOLIO MINORITY
REVIEW STATUS

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SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUCTIONS APPLICATION DEADLINE:
APRIL 30, 2018
AIGA WORLDSTUDIO SCHOLARSHIPS

TO A PPLY 3 . W R I T TEN STATEMEN T
In order to fill out an application, you must have a You will need to write a 400-word statement of purpose
complimentary AIGA web account. You can log in and check to incorporating the following:
see if you have an account, or you can create a new account at 1. A brief autobiography, explaining how your
my.aiga.org. experiences have influenced your creative work and
your career plans.
The application is available at aiga.org/worldstudio-scholarship.
You may log back in to edit your application until the deadline of 2. In the future, how do you see yourself as a creator
April 30. contributing to the community at large?

1. PERSONAL I N FOR M AT ION Please keep in mind:
Scholarships are awarded to encourage social and
• Name environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the
• Social security number next generation of artists and designers. It is important for
• Date and location of your birth us to see how you intend to do this through your design or
• Racial/ethnic identity artwork. Graduate students will not be considered unless their
• Address at school statements and work directly address these concerns.
• Permanent address
Examples of a commitment to a social agenda:
• Work that clearly demonstrates positive social change.
2. SCHOOL IN FOR M AT ION • Work that addresses identity politics (i.e., cultural,
ethnic, sexual or gender identity)
• U.S. college or university attending in the 2018/19 • Demonstration of a clear career path (not just “I
academic year hope...”), such as to teach, mentor, work with young
• College grade level the student will be in for the Fall people, serve your community, etc.
2018/Spring 2019 academic year (i.e. freshman,
sophomore, etc.).
• Degree sought
• Expected graduation date
• Major
• Schools attended, years in attendance, graduation
dates and degree(s)
• Official university transcript, including current GPA

*Note: If you have not received an acceptance letter from the
school to which you applied, put down your first choice. If you
are awarded a scholarship, you will need to provide proof of
acceptance from the school.

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SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUCTIONS APPLICATION DEADLINE:
APRIL 30, 2018
AIGA WORLDSTUDIO SCHOLARSHIPS

4. F I N A N C I A L I N F O R M AT I O N
CHEAT
The online application will ask you for the
following financial information. Use this
cheat sheet to prepare your information
All students will need to complete this section, which
documents a student’s official unmet need, as supplied by their SHEET prior to entering it into the online
application. (Don’t send this in!)
college or university’s financial aid officer. This information must
COST OF TUITON
be accompanied by the officer’s contact information.
ANNUAL COST OF LIVING/
We must be able to verify your numbers should you be selected OTHER SCHOOL EXPENSES
for an award.
TOTAL AMOUNT OF FAMILY
Before filling out this section, please complete your online FAFSA AND PERSONAL CONTRIBUTIONS
application at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Those figures should be used as TOWARD TOTAL EXPENSES
reference in completing this portion of the application. If current
FINANCIAL AID 2018/19 IN
figures are not available, use last year’s figures or work with your
THE FORM OF SCHOLARSHIPS,
financial aid officer to estimate to the best of your ability.
GRANTS, ETC.

*A note about taxes: For the most part, scholarship money is not FINANCIAL AID 2018/19 IN THE
considered income and is therefore not taxed. According to the FORM OF LOANS
IRS (specifically, IRS Publication 970) scholarships are tax-free
under the following circumstances: FINANCIAL AID OFFICER
INFORMATION
• The candidate is at an eligible educational institution.
NAME OF FINANCIAL AID
• The scholarship money is used for qualified expenses, OFFICER
which include tuition and fees, books, and course-
or degree-related costs (like supplies required for INSTITUTION OF FINANCIAL AID
specific classes). OFFICER

Room and board, travel, or other expenses associated with a FINANCIAL AID OFFICER E-MAIL
college education are not considered qualified expenses and are
FINANCIAL AID OFFICER PHONE
therefore taxable. NUMBER

Award winners are responsible for spending scholarship money FINANCIAL AID OFFICER FAX
according to IRS regulations.

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SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUCTIONS APPLICATION DEADLINE:
APRIL 30, 2018
AIGA WORLDSTUDIO SCHOLARSHIPS

5. P ORT FOLIO R E QU I R E M E NTS
Tips for presenting an online portfolio
5-10 examples of your work Remember that your work will be viewed on a computer screen.
Must include explanatory captions. The jury prefers to see • Images should be an original digital file when possible.
cohesion between multiple examples that indicates an Otherwise, make sure photographs or scans or work
overarching theme or thesis behind your work. are properly lit and in focus.
• Feature your work as simply and as clearly as possible.
Self portrait • Single images read much better than multiples.
This portrait can be made with any medium and doesn’t have to • Display boards with multiple images and text do not
a literal representation or photograph—just what you perceive work. For example, a 30”X40” presentation board is
as the best representation of yourself. Need inspiration? Take a not appropriate because when reduced the images and
look at self portraits from previous winners on the cover of this text are too small.
packet.
References
You must provide two letters of recommendations from
File size and format for static images
individuals who know you and your work—teachers,
• Images will be viewed on screen so save as RGB, not
employers, counselors, etc.
in CMYK colorspace.
• You will not be able to upload images that do not
Your references will be sent a link automatically from the
meet the specifications.
online application system, via the email addresses you
• Your image must be greater than or equal to 1000
provide, to complete their recommendations only after your
pixels wide.
application is complete. You cannot upload your own letters of
• Your file formats must be one of the following:
recommendation.
JPG/JPEG GIF PNG
• The following file types will not be accepted: DCR, TIF,
EPS, PDF
Mailing in materials
All information should be uploaded. If for some reason
Proper file labeling transcripts and/or letters of recommendation cannot be, please
• Label each file with last name followed by the number contact scholarship@aiga.org.
of the image.
• Label each file with the proper extension (.jpg, .jpeg,
.gif, .png). A N Y M AT E R I A L S YOU M A I L
• File names must not contain any blank spaces or odd M U ST B E R E C E I V E D BY A P R I L 1 6 ,
characters such as brackets or apostrophes.
2 0 1 8 . T H I S I S N OT A P O ST M A R K
Submitting motion, film and animation files D E A D L I N E . L AT E A P P L I C AT I O N S
If you would like to submit movies, motion graphics, or W I L L B E D I S QUA L I F I E D.
interactive files for your portfolio you must submit electronically
by including links (for example; YouTube and Vimeo) in your
online application.

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