Frequently Asked Questions

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1. AREAS OF STUDY
» Is my major eligible for a scholarship?

2. MAJORS AND MINORS
» I have not yet declared my major (or thinking of changing my major). Do I list my current major or the one that I’ll be taking up next year?

» Am I eligible if I am minoring in one of the selected disciplines but it is not my declared major?

3. PORTFOLIO
» Do I need to submit a portfolio to be eligible for the scholarship?

» I am an incoming student, and I do not yet have a portfolio in my intended major. Does all of the work I submit in my portfolio need to be of that one discipline?

» Can I submit Photoshop or Illustrator tutorials I’ve completed?

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?

» Is it possible to submit an application and then submit my Financial Aid information and certification of enrollment at a later date?

5. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/INCOMING STUDENTS
» I am currently a high school senior or transfer student, but I’m planning to enroll in college next year.

» Am I eligible for the scholarships or are they only for current college students?

6. GRADUATING IN DECEMBER/STARTING SCHOOL IN JANUARY
» I will be graduating from college or graduate school in December 2016. Do I still qualify for Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships?

» I will be entering college or graduate school in January 2017. Do I still qualify for a Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship?

7. NOT A MINORITY
» I am not a minority, but I am struggling financially and in need of a scholarship. Do I qualify?

8. STUDYING ABROAD
» I am planning to spend a semester abroad through my university. Am I still eligible for a scholarship?

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

9. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
» Are international students eligible for Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships?

10. TRANSCRIPTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
» Can I submit a transcript from a previous school?

» Can I submit an unofficial transcript?

» Can I mail my official transcript?”

» Must I finish and submit the application before my professors can upload their letters of recommendation?

11. GPA
» My program is pass/fail. What should I indicate as my GPA?

12. USE OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
» Can I use my scholarship to pay for specific projects, for example, films, thesis work, or exhibitions?

13. SELF-PORTRAIT
» What type of portrait are you looking for and what is it used for?

14. REAPPLICATION
_» Can past Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship recipients reapply?

» Can I apply more than once per year?

15. AIGA MEMBER
» Do I need to be an AIGA member to apply?

16. I STILL NEED HELP

1. AREAS OF STUDY

» Is my major eligible for a scholarship?
For the 2016-2017 academic year we will offer scholarships in the following areas:
• Fine art
• Graphic design (includes; visual design)
• Illustration (includes; animation)
• Interactive design (includes; UI/UX, motion, digital and web design)
• Photography

Note: majors that do not qualify are: industrial design, interior design, film, architecture, landscape design, theater design, fashion design, etc.

Please keep in mind that decisions are made on how your work compares to students in your category. If your major can be clearly considered within one of these five categories, you may proceed with the application.

2. MAJORS AND MINORS

» I have not yet declared my major (or thinking of changing my major). Do I list my current major or the one that I’ll be taking up next year?
You must select the major from our list that you are planning to pursue. Awards are NOT transferable to other majors outside the list.

» Am I eligible if I am minoring in one of the selected disciplines but it is not my declared major?
You must major in–NOT minor in–the selected discipline.

3. PORTFOLIO

» Do I need to submit a portfolio to be eligible for the scholarship?
Yes, you must submit a portfolio of original work. We do require some form of demonstration of artistic and creative skill.

» I am an incoming student, and I do not yet have a portfolio in my intended major. Does all of the work I submit in my portfolio need to be of that one discipline?
The work does not need to be specifically in your intended major. We, of course, understand that work from beginning students will be rudimentary and we do not hold that against you. However, keep in mind that our decisions are based on how your work compares to other students in your category.

» Can I submit Photoshop or Illustrator tutorials I’ve completed?
No, completed tutorials do not qualify.

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?
No. 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.

» What if I do file for Financial Aid but do not receive my Financial Aid notification before the scholarship deadline?
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.

» Is it possible to submit an application and then submit my Financial Aid information and certification of enrollment at a later date?
No, 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: have a Financial Aid Advisor estimate your need, marking “This is an estimate” or fill in the section to the best of your ability and mark “Incoming Student.”

5. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/INCOMING STUDENTS

» I am currently a high school senior or transfer student, but I’m planning to enroll in college next year. Am I eligible for the scholarships or are they only for current college students?
Yes. As a high school or transfer student, you are eligible for our scholarship program provided that you are enrolled in a college or university for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 academic year.

6. GRADUATING IN DECEMBER/STARTING SCHOOL IN JANUARY

» I will be graduating from college or graduate school in December 2016. Do I still qualify for Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships?
» I will be entering college or graduate school in January 2017. Do I still qualify for a Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship?

Unfortunately, no. If you are graduating in December 2016 or first entering school in January 2017 and are not enrolled in school for the entire Fall 2016/Spring 2017 academic year, you are NOT eligible for our scholarships.

7. NOT A MINORITY

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

8. STUDYING 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.

» I am studying full time at a United States university abroad (outside of the United States). Am I eligible for a scholarship?
You are only eligible for a scholarship if you are paying your tuition through a school in the United States.

9. 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). Having a DACA certification and/or Social Security number does not make you eligible.

10. TRANSCRIPTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

» Can I submit a transcript from a previous school?
No, you must submit your most recent transcript, which reflects your current GPA.

» Can I submit an unofficial transcript?
Yes, although it is not preferred. It can only be sent electronically, not via U.S. mail.

» Can I mail my official transcript?”
No. We do not accept transcripts and letters of recommendation via U.S. mail—please follow the instructions within the application system to submit those documents.

» Must I finish and submit the application before my professors can upload their letters of recommendation?
YES, your reference will be automatically sent an email requesting a letter of reference from our application system only after you complete and finalize your application. At that time, the email will include instructions for your reference on how to upload or type the letter into your application. You can check the status of your requests for reference by logging into the application system and clicking on your completed application. Applicants must follow up with references to ensure letters are received in application system BY THE DEADLINE.

11. GPA

» My program is pass/fail. What should I indicate as my GPA?
Simply indicate that it is pass/fall.

12. 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.

13. SELF-PORTRAIT

» What type of portrait are you looking for and what is it used for?
The portrait can be anything that you want to submit as long as it is of good quality, and it portrays you. Creative portraits – in any medium – that are more expressive are fine as are basic photographs. The portraits are not used in the decision process – although the jurors like to see who the student is – but are used for archival and promotional purposes, including winner announcements in publications.

14. REAPPLICATION

» Can past Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship recipients reapply?
Absolutely. You are welcome to apply as many times as you want!

» Can I apply more than once per year?
No, you can only apply once per year.

15. AIGA MEMBER

» Do I need to be an AIGA member to apply?
No, you do not need to be a member.

16. I STILL NEED HELP

If you are unable to locate the answer you are looking for, or are having technical issues with uploading your application, contact Lilly Smith: scholarships(at)aiga.org. Please be patient, it may take a few days for a response.