Application Instructions


To be eligible to win any of the scholarships listed below, you must be enrolled in an academic design program. You must also be a current member of AIGA (not the Minnesota chapter) and a registered participant at the 2017 AIGA Minnesota Portfolio 1-on-1 student portfolio conference.


EXTENDED DEADLINE! Your scholarship applications & essays are now due by Wednesday, April 5th at 5pm. No exceptions. We very much appreciate those of you who have already submitted. Good luck!Your completed application form, proof of enrollment, and essay must be received via email.

Application Instructions

STEP 1.  Download and complete the application form. Name your file FirstLastname_Application.pdf

STEP 2.  Collect proof that you are enrolled in an undergraduate college or university. Scan or convert your document to a PDF file. Acceptable forms of proof of enrollment include: official or unofficial transcript, fee statement for the current semester/quarter, or current semester class schedule. Scans of student IDs do not qualify as proof of enrollment. Name your file FirstLastname_Proof.pdf

STEP 3.  Write your essay. Without exceeding one page in length, answer the following question: Imagine you are standing in front of a Portfolio 1-on-1 judge and only have a few minutes to explain the importance of your portfolio. Based on your education and recent experience in developing your portfolio, what would you say? Save your essay as a PDF file. Name your file FirstLastname_Essay.pdf

STEP 4.  Submit all three PDF files via email to the AIGA Minnesota Director of Education at Your completed application form, proof of enrollment, and essay must be received no later than midnight on March 31st, 2017. We will send you an email confirmation once we have received your application materials.

STEP 5.  Prepare your portfolio. After applying via email, you’ll need to drop off your portfolio for judging when you check in for Portfolio 1-on-1 on April 7. All portfolios must be dropped off during event registration, no later than 12:30pm on Friday, April 7th, 2017.


Applicants for these awards will be judged on a portfolio of work and the response in their written essay. One recipient will be chosen for each award; scholarships will be presented during Portfolio 1-on-1 on April 7, 2017. Winners are expected to be present to receive their awards. The judges will be evaluating eligible candidates on the following criteria:

Conceptual Skill: Ability to develop ideas beyond the basics of an assignment

Creative Skill: Expression of innovation and imagination

Crafting: Attention to detail, execution, and presentation

Communication: Ability to communicate in the written component

Additional Judging Criteria for the Clockwork Scholarship: Ability to leverage interactive technology to support the creative mission

Scholarship winners are required to send a PDF of their portfolio to the evening of Friday, April 7, 2017.