In its 26th year, the program awards $48,500 in scholarships to students across the country.
AIGA, the professional association for design, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021/2022 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually to encourage social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the next generation of artists and designers. Jurors selected 23 students to receive awards for the 2021/2022 academic year, and upped the financial amounts for each category. Due to the increased community support during the 2020 #AIGATogether campaign, AIGA was able to increase the amount of individual scholarship awards for the 2021/2022 academic year, making a greater impact for each student.
Congratulations to first-year Computer Animation student Alex Driskell! Alex’s illustrations were awarded one of the AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships.
This year, 209 applications were received and 23 were awarded—4 scholarships at $3,500 each, 8 scholarships at $3,000 each, 5 honorable mentions at $500 each, 2 chapter scholarships at $2,500 each, 2 chapter scholarships at $1,000 each, and 2 chapter honorable mentions at $500 for a grand total of $48,500. Each student also receives a certificate of achievement, and a one-year, complimentary Contributor-level membership.
The AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships program increases diversity in the creative professions by providing an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds with positive social agendas to achieve their educational goals and give back to their communities through their work. Since its inception in 1995, over $1.3 million dollars has been awarded to more than 800 college students of art and design.
“AIGA’s Worldstudio Scholarships are actively working toward the goal of increasing representation in the creative professions and helping to overcome financial barriers for students. These scholarships are an investment in the future of the design community, ensuring a more resilient and inclusive future for designers,” said AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson. “This year we have been able to increase the number of scholarship awards thanks to the support of our design community and we are making a greater impact and building a more contemporary association for design for all.”
“The current upheaval around race in America has demonstrated that initiatives like AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships are more important than ever. We must provide support to the next generation of diverse, creative talent, to make our society more inclusive and reflective of who we truly are,” said Mark Randall, Principal, Worldstudio; Associate Dean / Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design Strategies and Partner, AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships. You can find additional information and artwork for this year’s recipients at AIGA.org.