Design Scholarships

Presentation can be everything. If it wasn’t, those culinary geniuses on "Iron Chef" would spend less time making their ingredients match and more time making them taste yummy. It’s hard to be proud of a dish that doesn’t look right and it’s not as fun to give a gift when the bow and paper don’t match. If you don’t believe me, ask the guys from Apple: They used the theory to turn fruit into an empire.

Whether you’re interested in interior design, textile design, graphic design or any other type of design, don’t let anyone fool you into thinking looks don’t matter. Sometimes they do and if you’re a design student, they matter most of the time. Good ads and product designs require creativity (and a background in advertising and marketing) but know-how is just as important. Degrees in design can prepare college students for successful careers in the industry. And while affording an education may feel like an insurmountable problem, it doesn’t have to be one.

A number of scholarship funds have been created with design students in mind. To find information about design scholarships, students can conduct a free scholarship search at Scholarships.com. At Scholarships.com, students will find tips for saving money, college funding resources and, of course, myriad information about scholarships and grants that can help them obtain a degree in design. Check out just a few of these design scholarships below.

Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Theatre
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Each year at Hope College, up to 60 Distinguished Artist Award (DAA) scholarships are given to students with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities in art, dance, music, theatre or creative writing. Renewable for four years, the DAA's provide eligible students with $2,500 each year toward their college costs. DAA recipients also take part in a variety of opportunities set up [...] More

Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF) Scholarship Awards
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
Each year, the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF), awards scholarships on a competitive basis to undergraduate and graduate students who show a commitment to pursuing careers in direct/interactive marketing. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated interest in the direct/interactive marketing field. To be eligible for this award, applicants must: [...] More

The George Snow Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Financial need is the common criteria that bind all of the grants awarded through the George Snow Scholarship Fund. We also review all special circumstances. To qualify for The George Snow Scholarship Fund, applicants must: - Be a graduate of a Palm Beach County or North Broward County high school - Show financial need - Must be active in their school and community have strong educational and [...] More

ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
In 2007, the ESA Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009, we extended this opportunity to graduating high school seniors and doubled the amount of awards granted from 15 to 30. The scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts
Application Deadlines: February 02, Annually
At the time of application, student applicants must be enrolled at the senior class level in an Iowa high school and display proven artistic ability in the areas of music, dance, visual arts, theater or literature. Scholarship funds are awarded contingent upon recipients being accepted as full-time undergraduate students at a fully-accredited Iowa college or university. For more information [...] More

AIAA Foundation Graduate Award
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation, in conjunction with AIAA Technical Committees (TCs), is seeking applications for the AIAA Foundation Graduate Awards. These awards are intended for graduate-level students who indicate by their approved department research an interest in any of the areas listed beginning on page two of the AIAA Foundation Graduate Awards [...] More

HEEF Arts Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 19, Annually
The Arts Scholarship Fund, founded in 1999, awards scholarships to high school students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing an education and/or career in any of the various fields of the arts including the performance of music, drama, dance, and the creativity of visual art such as fine art and graphic [...] More

Albert E. Phillips Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The COAA acknowledges that education is a critical element to the success of those pursuing a career in our industry. As such, COAA is proud to offer up to two (2) Albert Phillips Scholarships annually to college students desiring to pursue a career in the design and construction industry. Each scholarship will be in the amount of $1,500. The scholarship monies are to be used for courses of [...] More

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a full-year work-study fellowship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training in Germany (no prior [...] More

FIDM Designer of Tomorrow Scholarship Competition
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Scholarship Competition is open to all U.S high school seniors or graduates who have not had any prior training in the category of the competition they are entering. In previous years, entrant projects included: creating a promotional plan for a major fashion retailer; designing a poster for a trendy line of sportswear; creating an ideal [...] More

CMAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 20, Annually
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (MAC CMAA), awards a limited number of scholarships to qualified students to help them defray the costs of pursuing a degree in construction management or a related-degree program. The amounts of the scholarships vary from year to year, but typically average [...] More

YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
The YMA Scholarship Fund is a national nonprofit association consisting of influential members of the fashion community, dedicated to promoting the education of the fashion arts and business by granting scholarships to talented students and facilitating internships, mentorships and career programs. The fund gives 80 $5,000 awards annually, with an additional four $25,000 awards given to [...] More

Franchise Services, Inc. PIP Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
This scholarship is sponsored by Franchise Services, Inc. and administered by EDSF. To apply for this scholarship, complete the application "Document Management and Graphic Communications Industry Scholarship" found on our website. EDSF scholarships are awarded to full-time students who are committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications marketplace. These [...] More

Hoods Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
This scholarship is sponsored by individual donors and administered by EDSF. To apply for this scholarship, complete the application "Document Management and Graphic Communications Industry Scholarships" found on our website. EDSF scholarships are awarded to full-time students who are committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications marketplace. These careers [...] More

OutputLinks Communications Group John A. Lopiano Endowed Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
This scholarship is sponsored by OutputLinks and administered by EDSF. To apply for this scholarship, complete the application "Document Management and Graphic Communications Industry Scholarships" found on our website. EDSF scholarships are awarded to full-time students who are committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications marketplace. These careers may [...] More

OutputLinks Communications Group Hal Morrow Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
This scholarship is sponsored by OutputLinks Communications Group and administered by EDSF. To apply for this scholarship, complete the application "Document Management and Graphic Communications Industry Scholarships" found on our website. EDSF scholarships are awarded to full-time students who are committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications [...] More

OutputLinks Communications Group Woman of Distinction
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
This scholarship is sponsored by OutputLinks Communications Group and administered by EDSF. To apply for this scholarship, complete the application "Document Management and Graphic Communications Industry Scholarships" found on our website. EDSF scholarships are awarded to full-time students who are committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications [...] More

Joel Cartun Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
This scholarship is sponsored by the Lewis M. Gabbe Foundation and administered by EDSF. To apply for this scholarship, complete the application "Document Management and Graphic Communications Industry Scholarships" found on our website. EDSF scholarships are awarded to full-time students who are committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications marketplace. [...] More

APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Women and minority (African American, Hispanic American, or Native American) students enrolled in an approved Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) planning program who are citizens of the United States, intend to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector, and are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need are eligible to apply for this scholarship which will range between $2,000 [...] More

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