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2021 GDC National Scholarships: Applications now closed

GDC Foundation Scholarships application deadline May 1, 2021

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 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 letter outlining reasons for applying, future career goals, if you identify as being Indigenous, and from what community (200 words minimum). Include your contact information including name, mailing address, phone, and email address.
  • Letter of recommendation from an educator/instructor.
  • 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.

Submission deadline May 1, 2021.
Apply Here!


 

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 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 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):

  • One design project demonstrating problem-solving through communication design, in high-resolution PDF format, with supporting research. Include the name of the instructor.
  • Project brief, objectives or assignment guidelines, and instructor contact information.
  • Description and rationale for the design project submitted (300 words maximum).
  • Letter of recommendation from an educator/instructor.
  • Transcript of grades (unofficial records from the institution are acceptable).
  • Personal statement outlining the reasons for applying and future career goals (300 words). Include your contact information including name, mailing address, phone, and email address.
  • List of all post-secondary educational programs attended and the total number of years of graphic/communication design education.

Submission deadline May 1, 2021.
Apply Here! 



NEW Scholarship
for Manitoba Students


Submission deadline May 1, 2021.
Click here for information and application!
 


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

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.