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2022 GDC National Scholarships

GDC Foundation Scholarships submission deadline May 1.

The GDC® National Scholarship Awards are funded through the GDC Foundation and are coordinated by the GDC. Since 1956, the GDC has been dedicated to establishing professional standards and supporting design practice in the workplace and in schools. 

Recipients receive scholarship awards that are applied directly to their tuition fees. The winning students are profiled on the GDC national website.

The GDC Education Committee directs and monitors the award process on behalf of the GDC Foundation. Scholarship submissions are accepted and judged once each calendar year. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of professional CGD ™ certified designers and educators that spans the nation, appointed by the GDC National Executive.

Attention Applicants: all qualifications and criteria for the scholarship must be met in your application. Please read the following carefully.
 


The Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award

The GDC Foundation Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award was created through a generous donation from Mark Rutledge CGD, to support an Indigenous design student, (preference given to students from NWT, Yukon or Nunavut), pursuing an education in graphic/communication design at a Canadian post-secondary college/university. This scholarship is established in honour of Mark’s mother, Cheryl Lynn, who was his support and inspiration and who passed away in 2016.

A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to an individual applying in proper form to the GDC Scholarship program.

Award Criteria:

  • Open to any Indigenous student pursuing an education in graphic/communication design at an accredited Canadian post-secondary college/university, with preference given to those from Northern territories.
  • Student is currently enrolled in a full-time graphic/communication design program at a Canadian post-secondary college/university and is returning to continue full-time studies in a graphic/communication design program at a Canadian post-secondary college/university,
    or, student has been admitted to a full-time first-year graphic/communication design program at a Canadian post-secondary college/university.
  • Applicant must be a GDC member in good standing. Click here to become a GDC student member.

Submission to include (in 1 PDF with all materials combined):

  • High school transcript, or current college/university transcript (unofficial transcripts accepted).
  • Personal statement outlining reasons for applying, future career goals, if you identify as being Indigenous, and from what community (200 words minimum).
  • Three portfolio samples in high-resolution PDF format, with the name of the instructor for each project.

Applicants can only receive this scholarship once in their educational career.

Applicant agrees that GDC reserves the right to exhibit the winner’s portfolio submission. Students who are awarded the Scholarship agree to report back to the GDC Foundation upon completion of their awarded year, with information about how the scholarship benefitted them.

Click to apply for the Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award.

Submission deadline May 1, 2022.


 

GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship

The $1,000 Ray Hrynkow scholarship, supported by Casey Hrynkow FGDC and other donors, is awarded annually to a student entering the third or fourth year (next September) of an undergraduate communication/graphic design program in Canada. “Ray envisioned the scholarship supporting a candidate showing great promise as a ‘next generation designer’ — one who demonstrates an understanding of design as applied research, employing ethnography, sociology and anthropology and using these tools to uncover truly effective and resonant design.” These are the designers practicing design for social innovation and sustainability, using their skills to earn a seat at the table of major decision-makers in our society.

Award Criteria:

  • Applicant must be entering the third or fourth year (next September) of a four-year undergraduate communication/graphic design program in Canada.
  • Applicant is a GDC student member in good standing. Click here to become a GDC student member.

Submission to include (in 1 PDF with all materials combined):

  1. One design project demonstrating problem-solving through communication design, in high-resolution, with supporting research.
  2. Project brief, objectives or assignment guidelines, and instructor contact information.
  3. Description and rationale for the design project submitted (300 words maximum).
  4. Letter of recommendation from an educator/instructor.
  5. Current college/university transcript of grades (unofficial records from the institution are acceptable).
  6. Personal statement outlining the reasons for applying and future career goals (300 words).

Applicants can only receive this scholarship once in their educational career.

Applicant agrees that GDC reserves the right to exhibit the winner’s portfolio submission. Students who are awarded the Scholarship agree to report back to the GDC Foundation upon completion of their awarded year, with information about how the scholarship benefitted them.

Click to apply for the GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship.

Submission deadline May 1, 2022.


 

GDC Foundation UX Design Scholarship

 

 

The $500 UX Design scholarship is awarded for a promising visual or interactive design student in first to third-year who exhibits passion and proficiency in the area of user experience design.

Award Criteria:

  • This student will produce a case study for an innovative user experience or application that demonstrates a well-considered design process and a keen awareness of user needs.
  • Applicant must be a GDC member in good standing. Click here to become a GDC student member.

Submission to include (in 1 PDF with all materials combined):

  1. Current college/university transcript (unofficial transcripts accepted).
  2. Personal statement outlining reasons for applying and future career goals (200 words minimum). 
  3. Letter of recommendation from an educator/instructor.
  4. One case study in high-resolution PDF format that includes (suggested structure): scenario, personas, mental model, user flow chart, wireframes, prototype, and student’s learnings and takeaways, with the name of the instructor for the project.

Applicants can only receive this scholarship once in their educational career.

Applicant agrees that GDC reserves the right to exhibit the winner’s portfolio submission. Students who are awarded the Scholarship agree to report back to the GDC Foundation upon completion of their awarded year, with information about how the scholarship benefitted them.

Click to apply for the GDC Foundation UX Design Scholarship.

Submission deadline May 1, 2022.



Scholarship for Manitoba Students

The Manitoba Studio Fund was created by and for designers, to assist students from traditionally racialized and disenfranchised communities in the province.

The Scholarships
Two scholarships of $2,000 each are to be awarded: one to a student at the University of Manitoba, and one to a student at Red River College. The successful applicants will have applied in proper form to the GDC Foundation Scholarship program. The awards will be applied directly to the students’ tuitions.

The recipients of funding will also be awarded a paid work placement, or internship, at a studio or agency so that they can benefit from the first-hand experience and opportunities that come with being an integral part of a design practice.

Who can apply
This scholarship is available for BIPOC Graphic Design, UX/UI and Digital Media Design students. The scholarship is exclusive to Manitoba and the students must attend either the University of Manitoba or Red River College.

Award Criteria
Open to anyone who is Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour, pursuing a degree or certificate in the field of design and visual communications, which includes the areas of graphic design, UX/UI, and digital media design:

  • Who was born in, or is a resident of Manitoba.
  • Who is a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident.
  • Who is enrolled full-time at the University of Manitoba or Red River College.
  • Who is returning in the fall term to continue full-time studies, pursuing a degree, diploma or certificate in the field of design communications.
  • Applicant must be a GDC member in good standing. Click here to become a GDC student member.


Submission to include (in one PDF file with all materials combined in this order)

  1. Your contact information including name, mailing address, phone, email address, name of College or University and current year of study and confirmation that you meet all criteria listed above.
  2. Short personal statement (min. 200 words, max. 500 words) outlining reasons for applying for this specific scholarship, and your interest in and commitment to a career in design.
  3. Portfolio of three samples of your work.
  4. One letter of recommendation from an educator/instructor.
  5. Current college/university transcript (unofficial transcripts accepted).

Applicants can only receive this scholarship once in their educational career.

Applicant agrees that GDC reserves the right to exhibit the winner’s portfolio submission. Students who are awarded the Scholarship agree to report back to the GDC Foundation upon completion of their awarded year, with information about how the scholarship benefitted them.

Click to apply for the Manitoba Studio Fund Scholarship.

Submission deadline May 1, 2022.



Selection of Recipients

The GDC Education Committee will direct and monitor the award process on behalf of the GDC Foundation. Scholarship submissions will be accepted and judged once each calendar year. The candidate’s submission will be evaluated by the judging committee of CGD professionals.

The Committee reserves the right to not award a scholarship if there are no applicants or the criteria are not met. In this case, the award may be awarded the following year.

GDC National Scholarship Judging Criteria for Design Submissions

a) Strategy
    Meets the project objectives
    Media appropriateness
    Cohesiveness and effectiveness

b) Design Response
    Rationale (Tips)
    Innovative use of typography and/or imagery
    Strength of concept

c) Proficiency
    Typography
    Layout
    Attention to detail (content and supporting materials)

d) Presentation
    Clarity and professionalism

Questions? For more information, please email education@gdc.net


Previous Scholarship Recipients

2021 Recipients
2020 Recipients
2019 Recipients
2018 Recipient
2017 Recipients
2016 - no scholarship awarded
2015 Recipients
2014 Recipients
2013 Recipients
2012 Recipients
2011 Recipients
2010 Recipients
2009 Recipients
2008 Recipients
2007 Recipients
2003-2006 Recipients


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Scholarship promotional image for Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award designed by Mark Rutledge CGD.