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GDC National Scholarships

GDC Foundation Scholarships: apply next year!

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.

 

 

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.

Applicant provides:

  • 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. Include contact information (200 words minimum).
  • Letter of recommendation from an educator
  • Three portfolio samples in PDF format

• 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 given the following year.

Next submission deadline May 1, 2019. Apply here.

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 Announces UX Design Scholarship

GDC Foundation is pleased to announce its first scholarship to support UX Designers. The GDC Foundation UX Design Scholarship is available for a for a promising visual or interactive design student in first to third year who exhibits passion and proficiency in the area of experience design.

This scholarship encourages students to take a user-centric approach to interactive design while exploring design process in its many forms. The $500 scholarship is donated by GDC member, Ryan P. Senger.

Ryan Senger
Ryan P. Senger

Ryan is Senior Product Design Manager at Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, California. He attended the Emily Carr University of Art + Design earning a degree in Communication Design. He has been a UX Director, Interface Artist, and Game Designer working in the video game industry for the past 20 years.

He hopes this award encourages emerging designers to create for a better tomorrow through understanding, consideration, and empathy.

Award Criteria:
• For a promising visual or interactive design student in first to third year who exhibits passion and proficiency in the area of experience design.
• This student will produce a case study for an innovative experience or application that demonstrates a well-considered design process and a keen awareness of user needs.
• Applicant must be a GDC member in good standing.
• Applicant has not previously been awarded this scholarship.

Applicant provides:
    – high school transcript, or current college/university transcript
    – personal letter outlining reasons for applying and future career goals (200 words minimum). Include contact information.
    – letter of recommendation from an educator
    – One case study that includes: scenario, personas, mental model, user flow chart, wireframes, prototype, and student’s learnings and takeaways.

Next submission deadline May 1, 2019. Apply here.

Problems accessing the application form? Contact info@gdc.net

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 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.

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:

- One design project demonstrating problem solving through communication design, in PDF format, with supporting research.

- 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). Include contact information.

- List of all post-secondary educational programs attended and total number of years of graphic/communication design education.

Next submission deadline May 1, 2019. Apply here.

Problems accessing the application form? Contact info@gdc.net


GDC National Scholarship Judging Criteria for Design Submissions:

a) Strategy (30)
    Meets the project objectives
    Media appropriateness
    Cohesiveness and effectiveness

b) Solution (30)
    Rationale (Tips)
    Innovative use of typography and/or imagery
    Strength of concept

c) Proficiency (30)
    Typography
    Layout
    Attention to detail (content and supporting materials)

d) Presentation (10)
    Clarity and professionalism

Questions? For more information, please email foundation@gdc.net.


Previous Scholarship Recipients
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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2018 Scholarship promotional image for Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award designed by Mark Rutledge CGD.