2019 Designing Opportunity Scholarship

AIGA Nebraska is very proud to offer the annual Designing Opportunity Scholarship. Students who exhibit excellence in their field can receive financial support to explore their potential as designers. This year we are awarding two scholarships: one open to all students, and one focused on recognizing students of color who are representative of our diverse community.

AIGA Nebraska is committed to increasing the diversity of creatives in our area by providing opportunities for students who will bring new perspectives and life experiences. We are seeking applicants who will support AIGA’s work in building a more diverse industry. Winners will receive a $500 scholarship to the institution of their choice and a one-year Contributing AIGA Membership.

Any form of design is eligible: web, print and communication design, fine arts and more. If it requires critical thought and creativity, we’d love to include you. Winners will be announced at the AIGA Nebraska’s SHOW on November 23, 2019.


To apply for the Designing Opportunity Scholarship, you don’t need to be a designer. However, you must be a resident of Nebraska that’s pursuing an educational path as a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student.

Eligible candidates must include the following:

  • One letter of recommendation from an educator or employer
  • A resume (including race/ethnicity) and up to 3 portfolio pieces in a single PDF.
  • An essay response (250-750 words) to the question:
    “How will this scholarship provide an opportunity for you to break barriers in the design industry?” OR “How will this scholarship provide an opportunity for you to change the perception of creative professionals?”

How to Apply:

Click here to apply

Applications will be accepted from Sept 1st — Nov 1st

Scholarship recipients will be contacted by email and announced on November 23, 2019 at AIGA Nebraska’s SHOW.



About AIGA Nebraska

AIGA Nebraska is a volunteer-run, membership-fueled nonprofit that exists to support, empower and unite practitioners, patrons and pupils of all types of design. We serve our members by facilitating communication and relationships, providing tools and resources for learning and career building, and by promoting design through events, sponsorship, advocacy and initiatives.


The Designing Opportunity Scholarship is funded by AIGA Nebraska through events, merchandise sales and community donations. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to everyone whose contributions — monetary and otherwise — continue to make this annual scholarship possible.

D&I Mission

To work with the design community to Embrace, Engage, and Empower a diverse audience through education, human-centered design and facilitation, and civic and social engagement. Our goal is to collaborate with individuals and corporations from a variety of professions and cultural, ethnic, and racial perspectives to identify our biggest challenges and work to develop solutions to create an equitable and creative workforce and community.

By AIGA Nebraska
Published September 4, 2019