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Society Awards understands the importance and value of the arts and design community. Good design is a powerful tool and a strong competitive advantage. We launched this scholarship to encourage and support commercial art education in the United States. There is an incredible market need for talented artists to blend fine art, marketing and aesthetics.

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The Scholarship

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From Society Awards

Design is intrinsic to everything we do. Society Awards creates artful sculpture that functions as impressive recognition awards. When Society Awards launched in 2007, we applied the principles of fine art to the awards industry. This was an entirely new concept and is an important factor in our growth and place as the industry leader.

We want to empower young adults to learn and grow in their artistic endeavors. These artists in training deserve support so that their vision may further beautify our world and our daily lives. When we focus on beautifying our environments, we elevate the human experience, and bring purpose to things that may otherwise feel mundane. It is the job of commercial artists to do just that.

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  1. Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  2. Must be a high school senior or a college student currently enrolled full time at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior college, or four-year college/university
  3. Must be a full time student seeking an associate, bachelor or master degree as of the upcoming academic calendar year and must also be pursuing a major in the visual/performing arts (film, theatre, fashion, photography, graphic design, dance, music, journalism, mass communications, etc)
  4. Demonstrated leadership through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
  5. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on 4.0 scale (unweighted)
  6. Family members of the Board are ineligible

The Details

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The 2020 Society Awards Scholarship is open from October 25, 2019 through January 15, 2020.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on January 15th, 2020.
Three scholarships will be awarded as follows:

Highest ranked application — $2,500.00
Second highest ranked application — $1,000.00
Third highest ranked application — $500.00

Judging will be conducted within 90 days of scholarship close.
All applications will be judged after close of entry period.

Selection Criteria

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Selection is based on a rating system judged in four major categories. The candidate with the highest combined cumulative points will receive the scholarship. The categories are:

  1. Quality of submitted content, including:
    1. Essay of 500-650 words addressing the following prompt: how have art and/or design meaningfully influenced your world?
    2. Portfolio of your work as either a PDF (15mb max) or web link (if password protected, please provide)
  2. Academic performance
  3. Leadership/community service experience and contribution - expressed as a brief written summary or resumé
  4. Letters of recommendation


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  1. We will store your personal information and will use your contact information to send marketing messages to you.
  2. We will NOT disclose your personal information to third parties except as needed to process your application and fulfill obligations to winners.
  3. We may choose to publish your portfolio and other details of your submission, you will be given a chance to opt out of this before we do. You will not be separately compensated for any display of your portfolio.
  4. Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be awarded or win anything.
  5. You must certify that your portfolio is your true original work and under your full ownership. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless for any disputes, issues or challenges related to the originality or ownership of your portfolio, including reimbursing us for reasonable legal and professional fees incurred as a result of any such disputes, issues or challenges.
  6. If anything you submit is later determined to be inaccurate or falsified, you will be disqualified and your winnings retracted.
  7. You understand you are not an employee, an agent or representative of the Foundation or any of its affiliated entities and persons. Thus, you agree not to hold yourself out as representing the Foundation or any of its affiliated entities or persons.

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Disbursement: Funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution in the student's name.

Please note that Scholarship Winners will be required to submit a short 1 minute "thank you" video to be uploaded to our social media.