FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Find Frequently Asked Questions for the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship here. Click the link on the question, which will take you to the answer below or scroll down to see all answers.

1. Areas of study
Is my major eligible for a scholarship?

2. Incoming students
I am an incoming student, and I do not yet have a portfolio in my major (or intended major). Do I need to submit a portfolio to be eligible for the scholarship?

3. Portfolio composition
When I check off my area of study, does all of the work I submit in my portfolio need to be of that one discipline? Or is it possible to give a representation of a couple of disciplines which I am studying?

4. Financial aid
If I haven’t filed for Financial Aid by the time the application is due, am I still able to apply for a scholarship? What if I do file for Financial Aid but do not receive my Financial Aid notification before the scholarship deadline?

5. Do you return any material I send to you?
Do you return any of the disks, transcripts or letters of recommendation that I send to you?

6. High School students
I am currently a high school senior, but I’m planning to enroll in college next year. Am I eligible for the scholarships or are they only for current college students?

7. Not yet enrolled
I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school (or applying to transfer schools). May I apply for a scholarship before I have been formally enrolled in school? Is it possible to submit an application and then submit my Financial Aid information and certification of enrollment at a later date?

8. Graduating in December
I will be graduating from college or graduate school in December 2014. Do I still qualify for Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships?

9. Starting school in January
I will be entering college or graduate school in January 2014. Do I still qualify for a Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship?

10. Not a minority
I am not a minority, but I am struggling financially and in need of a scholarship. Do I qualify?

11. Criteria
How are criteria weighed?

12. Semester abroad
I am planning to spend a semester abroad through my university. Am I still eligible for a scholarship?

13. U.S. schools abroad
I am studying full time at a United States university abroad (outside of the United States). Am I eligible for a scholarship?

14. International students
Are international students eligible for Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships?

15. Portfolios in digital format
I would like to apply for a scholarship, but most of my work is digital, web-based, or computer graphics. Will a URL or “e-portfolio” in digital format suffice in place of the slide portfolio?

16. Portfolio size
Is it possible to send my portfolio in a booklet or letter size format?

17. I don’t have a computer
What if I do not have a computer and can’t up-load images to the web site for my portfolio?

18. Interactive design
What qualifies as Interactive design?

19. Changing majors
I have not yet declared my major (or I am thinking of changing my major). On the scholarship application do I list my current major or the one that I’ll be taking up next year?

20. Recommendations + Transcripts
Should I enclose my letters of recommendation and transcripts with my application or send them separately in sealed envelopes?

21. Transcripts
Must transcripts be official and sealed, or are unofficial transcripts acceptable?

22. Use of scholarship funds
Can I use my scholarship to pay for specific projects, for example, films, thesis work, or exhibitions?

23. Portrait
What type of photographic portrait are you looking for and what is it used for?

24. Reapplication
Can past Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship recipients reapply?

25. Hard copy of application
I am unable to download the application. How can I get a copy of the application?

1. AREAS OF STUDY

Is my major eligible for a scholarship?
For the 2014-2015 academic year we will offer scholarships in the following areas:
Advertising (art direction only)
Graphic design
Illustration
Interactive design/motion graphics
Photography

2. INCOMING STUDENTS

I am an incoming student, and I do not yet have a portfolio in my major (or intended major). Do I need to submit a portfolio to be eligible for the scholarship?
Your question is a common one for incoming students. However, you MUST submit a portfolio. We do require some form of demonstration of artistic and creative skill. The work does not need to be specifically in your intended major — drawings, paintings, sculptures, etc. that you’ve done in high school or in your spare time are fine. Did you have to submit a portfolio to apply to school? Perhaps you did. Photos of this work would also be fine. Just be creative. One architecture student several years ago submitted photos of buildings that he made out of Legos. We, of course, understand that work from beginning students will be rudimentary and we do not hold that against you, but you will not be considered if you do not submit a portfolio. This scholarship is intended for students with artistic potential and we have no other way to determine your potential.

3. PORTFOLIO COMPOSITION

When I check off my area of study, does all of the work I submit in my portfolio need to be of that one discipline? Or is it possible to give a representation of a couple of disciplines which I am studying?
Your portfolio does not need to be entirely in your major. However, keep in mind that our decisions are based on how your work compares to other students in your category. It is, therefore, imperative that you show a strong sampling of work in your intended major.

4. FINANCIAL AID

If I haven’t filed for Financial Aid by the time the application is due, am I still able to apply for a scholarship? What if I do file for Financial Aid but do not receive my Financial Aid notification before the scholarship deadline?
It is REQUIRED that you file for Financial Aid to be eligible for our scholarships. It is assumed that those who do not apply are not in need. If you apply for Financial Aid, but have not received notification, you must still provide information to the best of your ability and have it verified by your Financial Aid Officer. It is permitted to provide an estimate or use last year’s numbers if that is the only information you have. Make sure to mark on the application form whether the information you provide is an estimate or last year’s information.

5. DO YOU RETURN ANY MATERIAL I SEND TO YOU?
Do you return any of the disks, transcripts or letters of recommendation that I send to you?
Unfortunately, no we are not able to return material that you send us. It will be disposed of in a way that respects your privacy.
6. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

I am currently a high school senior, but I’m planning to enroll in college next year. Am I eligible for the scholarships or are they only for current college students?
As a high school student, you are eligible for our scholarship program provided that you can prove your enrollment in college or university for the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 academic year. Copies of your acceptance letters are the best way to do so. Most schools will notify students by April at the latest. It is, therefore, expected that you will have decided upon a school prior to the submission of your application.

7. NOT YET ENROLLED

I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school (or applying to transfer schools). May I apply for a scholarship before I have been formally enrolled in school? Is it possible to submit an application and then submit my Financial Aid information and certification of enrollment at a later date?
Most schools will notify students by April at the latest. It is, therefore, expected that you will have been accepted and decided upon a school prior to the submission of your application. In extreme circumstances other arrangements can be made.

In addition, you must show need before your application is submitted to the jury. We require your financial aid information on your application at the time of your submission. If your financial aid package has not been awarded yet, you may:
1. have a Financial Aid Advisor estimate your need, marking “This is an estimate”
OR
2. fill in the section to the best of your ability and mark “Incoming Student.”

8. GRADUATING IN DECEMBER

I will be graduating from college or graduate school in December 2014. Do I still qualify for Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships?
Unfortunately, no. If you are graduating in December 2014 and are not enrolled in school for the entire Fall 2014/Spring 2015 academic year, you are NOT eligible for our scholarships. Please also note: if you did not anticipate an early graduation, or you were forced to leave school prior to the end of the academic year, you must notify Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships immediately.

9. STARTING SCHOOL IN JANUARY

I will be entering college or graduate school in January 2015. Do I still qualify for a Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship?
Unfortunately, no. If you are first entering school in January 2015 and will not be enrolled for Fall 2014, you are not eligible for Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships. In other words, if you are not enrolled in school for the ENTIRE Fall 2014/Spring 2015 academic year, you are not eligible. Please note, however, we welcome your application next year. Please check back with us in January 2015 for the 2015/2016 application.

10. NOT A MINORITY

I am not a minority, but I am struggling financially and in need of a scholarship. Do I qualify?
Absolutely. While minority status is a significant factor in our decisions, it is not a requirement. However, financial need is a requirement. It will, therefore, be extremely important that you demonstrate your financial need in your application.

11. CRITERIA

How are criteria weighed?
Assuming that you meet the minimum GPA requirement (2.0) and you have thoroughly followed the application instructions, all applicants are judged based on the quality of their work (as demonstrated in their portfolio), the written statement, a demonstration of financial need, and their recommendations. Please note: as Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships are dedicated to encouraging social and environmental responsibility in the design/arts professions, it is extremely important that you demonstrate some form of community involvement or social agenda in your work. You may use your written statement of purpose to demonstrate your involvement. This agenda plays increasing importance as grade level progresses; in other words, it weighs more heavily for juniors, seniors, and graduate students than for freshmen and sophomores. In fact, graduate students will not be considered unless their statement and work directly address these concerns.

12. SEMESTER ABROAD

I am planning to spend a semester abroad through my university. Am I still eligible for a scholarship?
You are still eligible for our scholarship program if you are taking a semester abroad provided that you are still enrolled through your school in the United States. In other words, our scholarship monies can only be paid directly to the U.S. school where you are matriculated. If your tuition is paid directly to a school abroad, we cannot disburse the funds. Therefore, if you are taking a leave from your current school to attend school abroad, you are not eligible.

13. U.S. SCHOOLS ABROAD

I am studying full time at a United States university abroad (outside of the United States). Am I eligible for a scholarship?
Unfortunately, no. You are not eligible for a scholarship unless you are paying your tuition through a school in the United States. Please note: students studying in Canada are not eligible for our scholarships. Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships are limited to students who are studying in the United States.

14. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Are international students eligible for Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships?
Unfortunately no, applicants must be citizens of the United States or be in possession of a Green Card (formally known as a Permanent Resident Card or Form I-551).

15. PORTFOLIOS IN DIGITAL FORMAT

I would like to apply for a scholarship, but most of my work is digital, web-based, or computer graphics. Will a URL or “e-portfolio” in digital format suffice in place of the slide portfolio?
No. We do not accept URL’s in place of portfolios. From the above question it is unclear whether you are a New Media or Graphic Design major. If you are applying in the category of New Media, you may submit your portfolio on a Zip disk, CD or DVD in Macintosh format ONLY. Files must be complete with all tiff/eps files and fonts.

If you are applying in the category of Graphic Design, you must up-load your portfolio on-line. You may show your digital, Web-based work, but as a student applying for a graphic design scholarship, we require that samples of flat art (posters, page layouts, logos, etc) be up-loaded on our site. You may send an animated/interactive digital portfolio IN ADDITION TO the up-loaded images, but NOT INSTEAD OF.

16. PORTFOLIO SIZE

Is it possible to send my portfolio in a booklet or letter size format?
No. If you are studying a 2D or 3D medium we can only accept your portfolio up-loaded on to our Web site. There are no exceptions. If you would like to submit explanations of your work, there is a space on the site to include brief notes about your artwork.

17. I DON’T HAVE A COMPUTER

What if I do not have a computer and can’t up-load images to the web site for my portfolio?
If you do not have access to a computer and cannot up-load your images contact Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships to make alternate arrangements.

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships
164 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212.807.1990
Fax: 212.807.1799
E-mail: scholarship@aiga.org

18. INTERACTIVE DESIGN

What qualifies as Interactive design?
By “Interactive design” we mean, digital and multimedia formats that are viewed and experienced on a computer or hand-held PDA. This can be differentiated from fine art that integrates multiple media including digital and video formats, which would be considered “mixed media.” Mixed media students should apply in the Fine Arts category.

Also, Interactive majors can be differentiated from Graphic design majors who may use digital media tools but focus primarily on the creation of non-interactive designs such as print, signage, etc. Yes, we understand there is some overlap, so pick the category that is most appropriate to your work and, therefore, the category in which you wish to be judged. Keep in mind that you will be judged along with other applicants in that discipline. And then submit the portfolio format that is required for that discipline.

19. CHANGING MAJORS

I have not yet declared my major (or I am thinking of changing my major). On the scholarship application do I list my current major or the one that I’ll be taking up next year?
You should select the major that you plan to pursue, which should also be the category in which you are applying.

20. RECOMMENDATIONS + TRANSCRIPTS

Should I enclose my letters of recommendation and transcripts with my application or send them separately in sealed envelopes?
ALL materials for Step 2 of the application process must be sent in ONE package. On the VERY RARE occasion that confidential recommendations or transcripts can only be sent separately, they must be clearly marked with your name on the document, as well as on the envelope, and received by the application deadline. You must note on the Paper Application that these documents are being sent separately.

21. TRANSCRIPTS

Must transcripts be official and sealed, or are unofficial transcripts acceptable?
We prefer that you upload your transcripts, but if you decide to mail them they must be “official” transcripts, although they need not be sealed. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, but not ideal.

22. USE OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

Can I use my scholarship to pay for specific projects, for example, films, thesis work, or exhibitions?
Scholarship monies are paid directly to your school and, thus, are to be applied directly to your tuition. They cannot be used as you choose unless your school is willing to disburse funds for other school-related projects.

23. PORTRAIT

What type of photographic portrait are you looking for and what is it used for?
The photographic portrait can be anything that you want to submit as long as it is of good quality, and it portrays you. Creative photos that are more expressive are fine as are passport or other types of basic photographs. The portraits are not used in the decision process - although the juror likes to see who the student is – but are used for archival and promotional purposes, including winner announcements in publications.

24. REAPPLICATION

Can past Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship recipients reapply?
Absolutely. You are welcome to apply as many times as you want! We have no re-granting guarantee. All former scholarship recipients are treated equally to new applicants and must reapply through the same process as new applicants to be considered again. Previous winners who choose to reapply should submit new application materials, including a new portfolio of work and a new written statement of purpose. For your portfolio, it is best to submit ALL new work, but if you feel you do not have enough to show, you may resubmit some old work as well.

25. HARD COPY OF APPLICATION

I am unable to download the application. How can I get a copy of the application?
We prefer that you download applications rather than requesting for them to be sent. Please make sure that you have tried every route possible to download the application before requesting a “hard copy.” Have you downloaded Acrobat Reader? It’s free and, while it may take a couple of minutes, it’s really simple, and it doesn’t take up much memory.

If for some reason you are unable to download files, we will send you a copy of the application. Emailscholarship@aiga.org your name and address or send a letter to:

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships
164 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Make sure to state that you cannot get the application off the internet and provide us with your name and address. We will mail you an application within two weeks.


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