Graphic Design Scholarship Basics and You - Part III
The Cost of College
Students deal with the challenge of paying for their education at graphic design schools in different ways. Some assume school loans, work part-time or receive assistance from relatives or parents.
But regardless of how you take care of your educational expenses, this burden can be made lighter through available grants and scholarships.
In this concluding article of Graphic Design Scholarship Basics and You we'll provide some tips and direction on where to apply.
Scholarships and You
There are several important things to know when applying for scholarships or grants:
Neat and Complete - Be very meticulous when filling out your forms and be sure to supply all materials and documents that are asked for. Turning in a sloppy or incomplete application may not disqualify you, but it certainly puts you in a less positive light with the scholarship committee.
Read the Fine Print - In some cases scholarships or grants have conditional clauses that may exclude you from being eligible. Things such as your country of residence, low GPA scores or wrong area of study can be deal breakers. Be sure you read all the fine print.
Don't Miss the Deadline - Note that some grants and scholarship programs are run annually at specific times. If the due date for applications is past you can always apply for the upcoming scholastic year for your graphic design college classes.
Is it Worth it to You? - The application process can vary. Some scholarships only require a completed short form and a letter of intent, while others require an extensive amount of information and preparation. For scholarships that require more time to assemble an application package, you must make sure you have the commitment to follow through.
Scholarships and Grants
The following links will lead you to specific scholarship and grant opportunities. These websites give you information on how to apply, what to submit, and the duration of the funding. Good luck!
The Alfred G. & Elma M. Milotte Scholarship Fund
"One-year grants of up to $4,000 - To individuals who share their enthusiasm for exploring, chronicling and spreading the magnificence of the wilderness through artistic communication."
Women's Studio Workshop Residency Grants
"WSW offers a variety of Artist-in-Residence opportunities. WSW Resident artists will receive 24-hour studio access, technical and production assistance, on-campus housing, travel per diem, a materials stipend, and a weekly personal stipend during their stay."
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
"...Awarded to art historians and art conservators in the final stages of their preparation for professional careers, as well as to art museum curators and educators."
Scripps Howard Foundation
"The Foundation offers a number of scholarships to promising young communicators, many of which are endowed scholarships provided through endowments set up with specific universities over the years."
National Endowment for the Arts
"In most areas, funding is limited to organizations. (Direct awards to individuals are made only through Literature Fellowships, NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships, NEA Opera Honors, and NEA National Heritage Fellowships in the Folk & Traditional Arts.)"
IFDA/EF Scholarships and Grants
"Enhancing the furnishings and design industry -- IFDA/EF scholarships require a major in interior design or a related design/furnishings program unless noted."
Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation
"...a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses undergraduate college scholarships and graduate fellowship assistance to talented men and women interested in graphic communication careers.
For more information on other scholarship leads and opportunities see part two of Graphic Design Scholarship Basics and You.
Until next time, keep on designing!