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The field of graphic design is in transition. Hard copy projects remain in demand, but competition from foreign sources means that some of this work is now being handled overseas. Yet the good news is that soft copy projects -- those jobs which involve the design and lay out of weblogs, internet pages and websites -- continues to grow as companies rely more on viral content then they do on print copy. Importantly, many of these jobs are done in the US and designers are well compensated.

No matter where you plan on refining your craft whether that be at an art institute, state university or private college, you may want to seek out graphic design college scholarships to help cover some of your costs. The following is our list of some of the scholarship opportunities for your review:

1. Bob Coonts Graphic Design Scholarship -- Students enrolled in Colorado State University's College of Liberal Arts are automatically considered for the Bob Coonts award if they are senior level students. The university offers guidance on how to complete your application. Additional scholarships are available through the university which are aimed toward helping graphic design majors cover their costs.

2. California College of the Arts -- Students planning to attend this California college will find that numerous scholarship opportunities are available to them. Some scholarships are for graphic design students only while others are listed as “open” which means you can apply for these as well.

3. Cal Poly Graphic Communications Scholarships -- Students who plan to attend California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and major in Graphic Communications which includes design, have their choice of numerous scholarship opportunities thanks to the generosity of dozens of Cal Poly donors.

4. Graphic Communications Scholarship, Award and Career Advancement Foundation -- Open to New York City metro students who are majoring in graphic communications. Foundation awards are sponsored by corporations, associations and individuals.

5. Macy's Scholarships Endowment in Memory of Rudolph V. Javosky -- Cincinnati's College of DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art and Planning) offers a number of scholarships annually including this fund which honors a designer who headed up Federated Department Stores (Macy's) construction department for nearly two decades. Several scholarships in varying amounts are awarded annually.

6. Miami International University of Art & Design -- New students who enter the university with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate a financial need are eligible for quarterly awards. Award stays in effect as long as a GPA of 2.5 or higher is maintained throughout college.

7. NEA John Renna Art Scholarship -- Corcoran College students are eligible to apply to a scholarship funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) thanks to the generous contribution of funds given to it by the estate of John Renna. Five full or half tuition scholarships are awarded annually based on academic achievement and financial need.

8. Raleigh Hunter Scholarship in Visual Design -- Students planning to attend North Carolina State University can apply to receive a $2500 scholarship offered by Hunter Publishing Company. A separate fellowship and additional scholarship opportunity is also available through the College of Design.

9. The Alliance For Young Artists & Writers -- This website offers a good list of college scholarship opportunities from a variety of sources. Multiple awards with millions of dollars granted annually.

10. Visual Communication and Design Scholarships -- Students enrolled at Indiana University -- Purdue University (IPFW) can apply for as many as four different scholarships for visual and graphical design students. Most scholarships are offered to students who are sophomore year or higher and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Most scholarship programs reopen their application period in the fall running through the winter months or into early spring. Awards are generally announced late spring or early summer, well before the upcoming academic year begins.



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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
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  • Offers programs that start each month; admission is on a rolling basis.
  • Accepts Military Tuition Assistance (MTA) and helps students provide accurate documentation.
  • Puts a 120 student limit on lecture classes to improve student-to-instructor ratio. Lab settings typically have 6, 9, 12 or 24 students to one lab instructor.
  • Provides a Career Development Department to help students edit resumes and research the job market. It also maintains an updated record of potential employers in the industry. 
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DeVry University , Online (campus option available)
  • Has successful students— over 90% of graduates land jobs in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • Features financial aid and career services offices, libraries, study areas, computer labs, cafeterias, tutoring facilities, and more at each campus.
  • Gives more than 85% of students financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants.
  • Offers degree programs that are designed and updated regularly with input from industry leaders. 
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ABCO Technology , Los Angeles
  • Prepares students to be employable in the field of IT as office managers, technicians, network administrators, developers, and webmasters.
  • Limits class sizes to no more than 8 students to ensure an efficient, thorough learning experience.
  • Offers employee training solutions to large companies.
  • Specializes in IT and Computer training programs.
  • Holds A+ certification from CompTIA.
  • Located in Los Angeles, approximately 10 minutes away from LAX.
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Laurus College , San Luis Obispo
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2009.
  • Offers career assistance and resource services to both students and graduates.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACCSC).
  • 4 campus locations in Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Oxnard, California, with online options as well.
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