Graphic design scholarships are probably the best form of financial aid for your education. The amount you receive can be a very significant contribution towards the cost of your course and, best of all; it doesn’t need to be paid back. It’s essentially free money!
Scholarships – for graphic design students and in general – are really designed to help students who are particularly talented, but don’t have the funds to pursue that talent. This doesn’t mean you have to be the greatest in the world at what you do however, and frankly, there’s no reason why one of the lucky recipients can’t be you. In fact, many graphic design scholarships are given out each year from a number of associations. If you’ve got talent and a willingness to succeed, there are many sources that will recognize that and are willing to help you out accordingly.
Unlike loans or other forms of financial aid, there’s more to just applying for a scholarship. You have to “earn” it, if you will, which we’ll get to in a second. First though, let’s talk about where to actually find these graphic design scholarships.
The first place to look would be at the school where you intend to study. They may offer scholarships directly or will at least be able to point you in the right direction. The Internet is also a good place to look and if you know of any specific graphic design associations, then make contact. There’s no formal body that handles all scholarships; they’re offered by all sorts of groups, associations and magazines. It requires a bit of research on your part but it’s well worth the effort.
In order to apply for one of the graphic design scholarships, as mentioned above, it’s not just a matter of asking for one. You actually have to be seen to deserve it. In the case of graphic design, you’ll usually have to submit a portfolio of your previous work, often along with a written accompaniment such as an essay. Remember, scholarships are awarded in recognition of talent, desire and your general potential to do well. You should submit your application for a scholarship as soon as possible and make sure that any communication you have and any requests that are made are done so in a polite and timely manner.
In conclusion, graphic design scholarships are obviously the best form of financial aid to have, but then they are the hardest to obtain. It’s far from impossible of course, and as reiterated throughout this article, the organizations giving out the scholarships want to help up and coming designers such as yourself. You just need to show them how much you deserve it.
The scholarship amount you receive will vary enormously, but obviously any amount will help. And obviously the more of this sort of funding you can get, the better, as it reduces the amount you need to borrow as a loan. Hopefully this article has given you a bit of an insight into graphic design scholarships and what’s involved with obtaining one. They’re well worth the effort as if you’re lucky enough to get selected; you could save yourself thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars!