Cover: Artwork By: Eugene Kulaga, GDC student member, Winner of the 2015 GDC Canada Type Scholarship

2017 National Scholarship Awards

Submissons are now closed.

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 national e-newsletter, and also receive prominent coverage in Canada’s national design media.

2017 GDC National Scholarships

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a current GDC student member
  • Currently enrolled in a full-time graphic/ communication design program at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Must be returning to continue full-time studies in a graphic/communication design program at a Canadian post-secondary institution in September 2017
  • Submissions must be current student work 

2017 Scholarship Application Information

  1. Post-secondary institution’s name, mailing address and name of design program
  2. Design program contact (Department Head or Instructor) name, title, email and phone number
  3. Personal statement outlining reasons for applying to the GDC National Scholarship Awards and future career goals — 300 words maximum
  4. Transcripts PDF format — unofficial records acceptable 

GDC National Scholarship Submission and Review Process
Submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of professional CGD certified designers and educators than span the nation, appointed by the GDC National Executive.

Submissons are now closed.

GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship

This national scholarship is awarded to a third-year student in a Canadian four-year program whose submission has demonstrated a deep understanding of problem solving through communication design. This project will demonstrate the student’s excellent research and exceptional skills in the craft of design, having synthesized their research results into an outstanding communication design solution.

The Scholarship was created in honour of Ray Hrynkow, a respected Vancouver, BC design professional, teacher and GDC Fellow who passed away in 2012. He was president of Herrainco Brand Strategy + Design in Vancouver, which he established with his wife Casey Hrynkow CGD, FGDC in 1986. Ray was a graduate of the Vancouver School of Art and later Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He designed award-winning work in branding and corporate communications. He was known for his strategic approach as well as his exceptional design skill. The Scholarship both honours Ray’s career and promotes research-driven communication design, which was fundamental to his practise and something he always encouraged in students and young designers.


GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship

The GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship was created through a generous donation from the GDC Alberta North Chapter to support a graduate student pursuing research with a focus on the field or discipline of visual communication in Canada at a Canadian post-secondary institution at a Masters or Doctoral level.

This national scholarship is provided in honour of Marc Brisbourne LGDC, MacEwan University Chair of Design Studies who passed away in 2013. Marc obtained a Master of Design degree from the University of Alberta in 2005. He was passionate about design research and education.

2017 will be the final year the GDC Foundation awards this scholarship, with a one-time $1,000 award. The Alberta North GDC Chapter will continue the legacy for Marc Brisbourne with a provincial scholarship.


*Please note that we are working to bring more scholarships to students enrolled in a 1-2 year program as well.

Previous Scholarship Recipients

2017 Recipients (TBA)
2015 Recipient
2014 Recipients
2013 Recipients
2012 Recipients
2011 Recipients
2010 Recipients
2009 Recipients
2008 Recipients
2007 Recipients
2003-2006 Recipients

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2017 Scholarship promotional materials designed by Eugene Kulaga, GDC student member, Winner of the 2015 GDC Canada Type Scholarship.