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How Do You Apply for Graphic Design Scholarships?

Graphic design scholarships aim to offset the cost of a college degree. If you are studying fine art, motion graphics, web, print or graphic design, you may be eligible to apply.

Apart from money, a graphic design scholarship may offer other perks. You may have the opportunity to intern or try out free design software. Scholarship providers will also ask for your FAFSA, transcripts and test scores.

To apply for a scholarship, you may need to submit a portfolio of your artwork. Keep in mind the selection committee will sometimes keep your work. An example of a graphic design submission is creating new graphics for a social media profile or a graphic on how college will help you achieve your dreams.

Pratt Institute is a famous design school that offers scholarships for incoming students. Pratt has two different types of scholarships such as merit based and need based.

There may be other criteria to meet too. Proof of financial need, letters of reference and a specific GPA range are a few. You may also need to write an artist’s statement which speaks to your goals and what art means to you.

Why Should You Apply for a Scholarship?

Since a graphic design scholarship is a grant of money, you do not need to repay it if you abide by the terms. So, securing a scholarship may help you prep for a career without incurring (as much) student debt.

Eligible students need a bachelor’s degree to enter the graphic design workforce. Graphic designers use a wide range of skills, including printing, technical illustration, and computer graphics.

On average, a graphic designer earns an annual median salary of $52,110. Many students land jobs in publishing, branding, advertising, PR and in niche design services.

At last check, the average cost of a graphic design degree at a public college was about $6,533. It’s even more expensive if you earn your degree at a private school as the average cost is $29,880.

List of Graphic Design Scholarships

Check out our list of graphic design scholarships below. We have 36 awards worth $7K.

Black Design Leaders Grant

The Black Design Leaders Grant will be awarded to a Black student or recent graduate who plans on (or already is) pursuing a career in design at a start-up and shows impact and drive.

Total: $1050

Awards: 1

Deadline: May 11, 2021

Pam Schneider Memorial Scholarship

The American Advertising Federation-New Mexico (AAF-NM) Scholarship Fund has been established to provide scholarships to deserving men and women who intend to enter the advertising profession and are currently maintaining a marketing internship. Each year they award one to two scholarships of $1,400 each.

Total: $2800

Awards: 2

Deadline: June 03, 2021

The Republic of Art $5,000 Scholarship

If you’re a high school or college student who is a minority or a member of the LGBTQ community and are interested in STEM or the Arts, check out this scholarship!

Total: $5000

Awards: 5

Deadline: June 30, 2021

#LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship

The #LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship is available to high school senior or a college student of asian american descent pursuing a career in fashion and or graphic design. Click to learn more and apply today!

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Artistic Scholarship

The Artistic Scholarship is available for high school seniors or college students currently enrolled fulltime at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior college, or four-year college/university. Applicants must be full- time, degree seeking students and pursuing major in the visual/performing arts.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Betty Harlan Memorial Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois provides educational resources to students pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Applicants must reside in boone, ogle, or Winnebago counties, and pursuing a degree in visual arts, or visual art education with a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and a graduating high school senior.

Total: $5000

Awards: 5

Deadline: February 01

The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund

The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 per recipient. Funds support the education of students between the ages of 18 and 35 who aim to make art in the classical or conservative traditions their profession.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 01

TAPPI Coating and Graphic Arts Division Scholarship

This scholarship is available for international and U.S. college juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are enrolled in a program related to the coated paper and paperboard or the graphic arts industries. Students must be student members of TAPPI or a TAPPI student chapter, if available, and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $4000

Awards: 4

Deadline: February 15

Fern Cousineau Duncan Art Scholarship

The Fern Cousineau Duncan Art Scholarship is available for graduating seniors in north central Washington (Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan counties) who are planning to pursue a career in art.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: March 01

Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation Scholarship

The Ann Arbor Graphic Arts Memorial Foundation Scholarship is available for high school senior or a high school graduate interested in a career in the print industry. At least $2,500 is awarded. A 2.0 GPA or higher must be maintained. Click here to learn more and apply today!

Total: $2500

Awards: 10

Deadline: March 01

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