The Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship
Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow U.S. college students from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only to realize their artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities.
Each year, Worldstudio receives hundreds of applications from young people desperate to influence the world with their amazing talents but without the financial means to do so. Fortunately, with the support of generous individuals, organizations and corporations, these scholarships not only help to foster diversity and a variety of perspectives in the creative industries but they give young people some support at a critical time in their lives, giving them encouragement to pursue their dreams.
Since 1995, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships has awarded more than $930,000 to 637 students. Help us meet the $1,000,000 mark in 2013! We’ve already raised $30,000 this year, and you can help us reach $70,000 by donating online. Every dollar you give will make a difference in a student’s life and will champion a more diverse art and design industry.
In return for your generous contribution, we are offering some exciting perks. All donors above $100 will be acknowledged at their giving level on our website, and we will be creating a set of 25 limited-edition postcards featuring former winners’ artwork.
The most impactful perk is at the $2,500 level: give a one-year scholarship to a student in your name, making a significant difference in their life. You will be able to select the discipline from which you’d like to support a student (fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive design/motion graphics, photography, art direction) and you will receive a short biography of the student with images of their work as well as a personalized thank-you letter from them.
Below is the selection of postcard images and information about the artists and designers who have been supported by Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships. Clicking on an image takes you to their website.
“Winning the Worldstudio AIGA scholarship gave me more confidence about my ideas and efforts. The support fueled me both from in spirit and in a very real way, by offsetting some of the high costs of higher education.”
Willy is currently the Cheif Creative Officer for NYC & Company and is the President of the AIGA New York chapter.
“The scholarship helped me a lot financially this year, and also encouraged me to continue to pursue a career in purposeful design for good causes. Until I can pursue this professionally, I will continue to do meaningful things for the community in whatever ways I can. I can't wait to see what the next year brings!”
Gabriella is excited about her internship this summer at Firebelly, a design firm in Chicago that advocates for socially responsible design.
Dash is now a professional comic book artist and animator who has published several acclaimed graphic novels. This image is from his newest book, New School, which will be released this July from Fantagraphics.
“I was wonderfully surprised and very happy to have won the scholarship. I felt proud, it was an honor and a great financial help to me at the time; I was pursuing a diploma in photography. 12 years and 4 little girls later, I am in Yemen working as a freelance photographer and artist. My work has been exhibited in Europe and the Middle East; I will be part of an exhibition in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts this summer; and my work has been acquired by the British Museum and by the Barjeel Foundation. I have taught photography to children and young girls, and hope to do more of that in the future.”
“Going to graduate school is a huge investment for anyone and I truly thank the Worldstudio scholarship for investing in my creative dreams.”
“Winning the scholarship meant the world to me as I dreamed of going to graduate school and only had $600 in my bank account as my first semester started—I had spent my savings on grad school applications and moving from Boston to Philadelphia. As an international student, I was not eligible for any federal funding or financial aid. Receiving the scholarship from Worldstudio Foundation totally made it possible for me to attend graduate school.”
Sonali is now an award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened at venues such as the Hirshhorn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She was just awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
“Winning the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship meant a lot to me—both at that time and still today. It was a tremendous honor to receive the scholarship and be amongst such a talented and diverse set of peers, and to be chosen by the jury. The scholarship from Worldstudio came at a time when I was starting graduate school, and I am so grateful for that help and that honor! Because of the Worldstudio scholarship, I was able to purchase film, supplies, and a computer—on which I am still doing my photography, video and writing today!”
“The scholarship was really helpful in defraying a part of my grad school tuition. It came at a really difficult financial time and helped give me some room to breathe. It also helped me remember that other people find what I do as valuable. This can be very hard to remember in a creative field like Visual Art.”
In addition to his art career, John has an amusing side project, Daily Geology, where he makes a drawing for every day to commemorate something amusing that happened.
“Winning a scholarship through Worldstudio AIGA felt like a welcome into New York City, as I received my award as I was beginning my studies at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Going to the awards dinner was one of the first things that I did upon my arrival to my new home, and it served to bring a feeling of legitimacy at the start of my ongoing pursuit of becoming a professional artist.”
“My entire world was about to change before I made the move from Arizona to NYC to begin studying photography at Parsons, and being notified that I had won the scholarship made a world of difference. Not only did I feel like my work was worth something, but it also calmed my nerves over the student debt I knew I'd end up with while pursuing my dreams.”
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