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In 2020, the NAACP Hollywood Bureau and Society Awards partnered to offer the first-ever NAACP x Society Awards Scholarship. 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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We received an incredibly talented group of applicants last year, and we are looking forward to this year’s entrants. 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. There is an incredible need for talented artists and designers. Not only do they make our world more beautiful, but they also have the power to make meaningful societal change through the universal language of art.

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 rising freshman, sophomore, or junior student at an accredited college or university.
  3. Must be a full time student seeking an associate or bachelor’s degree as of the upcoming academic calendar year and must also be pursuing a major in the visual/performing arts (film, theater, 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 of Society Awards or NAACP are ineligible

The Details

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The 2024 Society Awards Scholarship will be open for applications beginning on April 29, 2024.
Three scholarships will be awarded as follows:

Highest ranked application — $5,000.00
Second highest ranked application — $2,000.00
Third highest ranked application — $1,000.00

Judging will be conducted within 45 days of scholarship close.
All applications will be judged after close of entry period, June 2, 2024.

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. Scholarship Essay Questions with answers up to 250 words.
    2. Portfolio of your work as either a PDF (15mb max) or web link (if password protected, please provide)
  2. Academic performance (Most recent school transcript)
  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.

Submit Application

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Applications for the 2024 NAACP x Society Awards Scholarship will be accepted from April 17, 2024, until May 21, 2024.



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





About the NAACP

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The NAACP was established in 1909 and is America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The NAACP Hollywood Bureau advocates for equitable opportunity and authentic representations in the entertainment industry that reflect our diverse communities. The alliances, coalitions, and partnerships we forge are dedicated to honoring the diverse and multicultural forms of artistic expression and promoting responsible approaches toward commercial exploitation.

The NAACP Hollywood Bureau is a satellite of the National office with a mission to hold the entertainment industry accountable for advancing diversity in front of and behind the lens. The Bureau addresses issues of diversity programming and oversees the production of the NAACP Image Awards. Learn more about the NAACP.