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 and the national e-newsletter.
Submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of professional CGD ™ certified designers and educators that span the nation, appointed by the GDC National Executive.
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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 a northern indigenous student 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.
• Open to any Indigenous student from NWT, Yukon or Nunavut pursuing an education in graphic/communication design at an accredited Canadian post-secondary college/university.
• 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.
• Applicant provides:
– high school transcript, or current college/university transcript
– personal letter outlining reasons for applying and future career goals (200 words minimum).
– letter of recommendation from an educator
– 3 portfolio samples
• Applicant has not previously been awarded this scholarship.
• 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.
Selection of Recipient
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.
GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship
The Ray Hrynkow scholarship, supported by Ray’s wife Casey and generous 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.
The 2018 Scholarship value is $1,000.
* 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:
- One design project demonstrating problem solving through communication design.
- Project brief, objectives or assignment guidelines, and instructor contact information
- Description and rationale for the design project submitted (300 words maximum)
- Transcript of grades (unofficial records from the institution are acceptable)
- Personal statement outlining reasons for applying and future career goals (250 words)
- List of all post-secondary educational programs attended and total number of years of graphic/communication design education.
GDC National Scholarship Judging Criteria for Design Submissions:
a) Strategy (30)
Meets the project objectives
Cohesiveness and effectiveness
b) Solution (30)
Innovative use of typography and/or imagery
Strength of concept
c) Proficiency (30)
Attention to detail (content and supporting materials)
d) Presentation (10)
Clarity and professionalism
Previous Scholarship Recipients
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2018 Scholarship promotional image for Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award designed Mark Rutledge CGD.