Are you a comic book lover looking for a way to translate that passion into a profession? Creating a comic book involves several niche artists, from inkers and colorists, to writers, cover artists, letterers, and more. The good news is regardless of which specialty field you want to pursue, there are several scholarships out there for scholarship lovers.
Most scholarships for students studying comic book creation are sponsored by professional organizations or businesses that are directly or indirectly associated with comic books or by the art schools that offer this particular program. Here are a few scholarships that you could apply to if you meet the criteria.
If you love comic books and superheroes in particular, you absolutely must have a go at applying for the Superpower Scholarship. This scholarship is administered by Unigo. The terms are as exciting as they are simple. All applicants have to submit an essay of 250 words or less on which superhero or villain they want to change places with for a day and why.
For someone who daydreams of saving the world as a superhero or taking over the world as a super villain, this is one of the most exciting ways to win $2,500 towards their college education.
The Will Eisner Scholarship, funded by the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation, is reserved for students who have basic talent in sequential art and need to attend a formal program to build on their skills. Although the terms and conditions of this scholarship are quite rigorous, the generous prize money makes the effort worthwhile. The winner receives $5,000 towards senior year tuition, while two semi-finalists receive a cash award of $1,000 each.
To apply for the Will Eisner Scholarship, you must be nominated by your teacher. Only 5 candidates can be nominated per school. If your name is among those nominated, you will have to submit 10-12 images as part of your portfolio. You will also have to submit a personal statement demonstrating your interest in sequential art and highlighting your career goals as a comic artist.
You could win up to $3,000 towards your college education if you meet the requirements of The Mary Eileen and Roderick F. Condon, II Scholarship. Administered by The Dayton Foundation, this scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to help students further their studies in Fine Arts. Applicants must be residents of Montgomery County in Ohio and must plan to attend a full-time program in any Fine Arts field including comic illustration.
As part of your application, you will be required to submit a portfolio containing 6 images of your original artwork. The 6 images must meet certain specifications and must be accompanies by a short write-up explaining your inspiration for that particular piece and how you created it.
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