Student debt is no joke, and our finances can have a huge influence on where and how we begin our careers (ex. needing a job that pays the bills vs. having some room to explore your options). To support your bank account while you're working toward the start of your career, here are five advertising scholarships you can apply for before the end of the year.
1) WONGDOODY's Women in Advertising Scholarship
To help support increased female leadership in the industry, WONGDOODY offers a $5,000 scholarship to two women a year — one in the summer and one in the winter.
Apply: Applications are open! Submit yours between October 15 and November 16 (deadline is midnight PDT). The first 100 applicants in this time frame will be considered, so don't sleep on this!
Who's eligible: Females currently enrolled at a college in the United States, who have completed at least her sophomore year of undergraduate studies or her first year of portfolio or graduate school. She should be pursuing an advertising career in a creative role including but not limited to copywriter, art director or designer.
2) Miami Ad School's Minority Advertising Scholarships
This year, Miami Ad School launched the largest scholarship and mentorship program in the country for minorities pursuing a creative career in advertising. Twenty $10,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to allow students to attend any of Miami Ad School’s US locations: Atlanta, Miami, New York or San Francisco. Each scholarship recipient is also paired up with a Miami Ad School minority grad who serves as their mentor.
Apply: Applications are open! Submit yours by November 15 (the extended deadline).
Who's eligible: To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident, and belong to a minority group: African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian Pacific American or Subcontinent Asian American. You must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma.
3) MDG Advertising's Looking Beyond College Scholarship
Candidates must describe, in a five-paragraph essay, what they want to do for a living after college (it doesn't have to be about a career in advertising), why they think this path will be a good use of their time, and what skills they'll bring to the table. The winner of the scholarship will receive $1,000 for use with tuition, room and board, books, or technology acquisition.
Apply: Applications are open! Apply here by November 23.
Who's eligible: High school seniors and currently enrolled college students who are US citizens or residents.
4) The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship
Thirty undergraduate scholarship recipients will receive a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two day-long career and professional development workshops, and a scholarship recognition reception. Additionally, applicants will be considered for The LAGRANT Foundation scholarship of $2,500.
Apply: Applications are open! Apply here—the deadline is Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PST.
Who's eligible: Minority undergraduate students (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors) who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or DACA recipients, and are majoring in advertising, marketing or public relations.
5) JWT's Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship
The international Helen Lansdowne Resor (HLR) Scholarship supports and promotes talented female creative advertising students from around the world in honor of the industry’s first female copywriter, Helen Lansdowne Resor. Each year, the HLR Scholarship awards five female creative students scholarships up to $10,000. In addition, each recipient receives a paid summer internship at a J. Walter Thompson office in her respective region, an offer of a J. Walter Thompson mentor, and “first look” placement consideration upon graduation.
Apply: Applications are closed for 2018 (deadline was mid-June), but keep tabs on this page for next year.
Who's eligible: Female students registered at an undergraduate, graduate, and/or portfolio school with at least 12 months of school left.
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