Whether you are interested in designing video games or creating special effects for the next big summer film, graphic design scholarships are important resources. Many graphic design scholarships are available for high school, undergraduate and graduate students.

The folks at Communityforce have compiled this list of graphic design scholarships available to students:

Rhythm & Hues Studios Computer Graphics Scholarships

Rhythm & Hues is an award winning computer graphics company. Its employees have worked on popular movies and TV shows such as “Game of Thrones”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Hunger Games.” The program was created to fund the education of computer graphics students.

Each year, five students are awarded a scholarship worth $1,000. The scholarship is open to any level of undergraduate or graduate student. Students must be enrolled full time in a four-year program at an accredited university to qualify. Applicants must have an interest in computer modeling, character animation or digital cinematography. Along with their application, students must submit a DVD of their previous work to be evaluated by judges.

eSchoolView Web Design and Development Scholarship

eSchoolView gives away eight scholarships every year to graphic design students. One grand prize winner is awarded $5,000, two second place winners get $2,500 and five third place winners are given $1,000.

This scholarship is available to any high school senior in the U.S. pursuing a career in graphic design or Web development. As part of the application, students must create a homepage and interior page for a program at their school.

Geddes Creativity Scholarship Contest

Awarded by school supplies company Raymond Geddes, this contest is an annual program encouraging creativity in graphic design students. Applications are open to high school seniors and juniors. First prize is $1,000, second is $500 and third is $250.

To apply, students must create an original design applicable to pencils, folders and other school supplies. According to the company’s website, designs are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Overall aesthetic appeal.
  • Quality of execution.
  • Creativity and originality.
  • Successful incorporation of design elements.
  • Appropriateness for use as a product.
  • Attractiveness to Raymond Geddes’ corporate and consumer customers.
  • Suitability as a design in Raymond Geddes’ product line.

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

Annually, this program gives out 30 scholarships to women and minority students pursuing a career in computer and video game arts. All scholarships are worth $3,000, and awarded to 15 high school seniors and 15 current college students. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited four-year institution or university. Students must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA or above to be eligible.

World Studio AIGA Scholarship

This scholarship awards funds to minority and economically disadvantaged students. Funded by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the goal of the program is to increase diversity in the graphic design field and foster social and environmental responsibility in future artists. Scholarships can be anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000. These funds are paid directly to the student’s school to cover tuition expenses. Honorable mention prizes are $500 cash.

Applicants must have a focus in one of six areas to be eligible. According to the AIGA’s website, these are:

  • Graphic design.
  • Photography.
  • Illustration.
  • Fine art.
  • Advertising.
  • Motion graphics or interactive design.

Students must write a 600-word statement of purpose when applying. The statement must contain a brief autobiography about how their experiences influence them creatively, and how they plan to contribute to the design community in the future. When evaluating a student’s work, judges factor in many things, such as financial need, work quality, grades and minority status.

Announcement Converters Graphic Arts and Graphic Design Scholarship

Announcement Converters specializes in envelopes, folders and other products in the paper industry. The company started this scholarship to fund the education of graphic designers interested in its industry. Each year, one student is awarded $1,000. This scholarship is open to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university. Applicants must submit a 250- to 500-word essay describing where they think the future of specialty paper and envelopes is going in the graphic design industry.

Building a master portfolio

Many graphic design scholarships will have you submit a portfolio of previous work for judging. There are a number of things to keep in mind when creating your portfolio. First, start and end it on a high note. Yes, it is important for every design in your portfolio to be attention-grabbing, but the first and last pictures have the most effect on the judges. You want a striking piece to be on the first page, while the last page should leave them wanting more. Second, avoid too much text. It’s good to have a sentence or two explaining what each picture is or the inspiration behind it, but the focus should be on your designs, not your words.

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