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Influence Graphics Award for Design Excellence 2018

Are you a creator? Do you make people think?

Submit your best design for chance at a $1,000 college scholarship and nationwide recognition!

  • Show off your work to the industry and the world!
  • Use this opportunity to promote something- a cause, a product, yourself, practically anything
  • Receive a large-format copy of your work, printed to your specifications

Influence Graphics’s annual visual communication design scholarship is offered for students majoring or interested in design and applied arts or graphic design with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities.

To be considered, all submitted works must be digitally created, and be based in visual communication design. “Visual communication is communication through visual aid and is described as the conveyance of ideas and information in forms that can be read or looked upon. Visual communication in part or whole relies on vision, and is primarily presented or expressed with images, it includes: signs, typography, drawing, graphic design, illustration, Industrial Design, Advertising, Animation color and electronic resources. It also explores the idea that a visual message has a greater power to inform, educate, or persuade a person or audience than text, or text alone.” (Wikipedia)

In other words, create something awesome! Use this opportunity to promote something: inform of a cause, advertise a product, show off your talent as an artist, the sky is really the limit.

The winner and five finalists’ work will be featured in a public gallery on the Influence Graphics website, a site visited by industry-leading professionals who rely on our printing technologies and services including creative directors, production managers, designers and artists. The winner will also receive a large-format (up to 96×48 inch) copy of their work, printed on our state-of-the-art HP/Scitex HP 700 large format printer or our Digital C Lightjet photo printer, printed to the winner’s specification.

Award winners

2017: Adel Wu (Awarded Feb, 2018)

Congratulations to our 2017 scholarship winner, Adel Wu!  Adel is majoring in Digital Media Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

Adel believes that “Art can change our physiology, elevate our heart rate, release endorphins, make us cry, stop us in our tracks in wonder and awe. Art is the message sent out to the world, to yourself, to others, to god or the infinite void: I am here, I am engaged, I am questioning, trying. I hope my art and work will eventually have this kind of reaction in the future, affecting and influencing people everywhere.”

Adel’s winning entry can be seen below. Her strong interest with nature leads her to strongly believe in conservation and the negative effects of global warming. She hopes that her illustration shows people that nature is not all indispensable and trivial; there is a real living being behind all of it that is slowly being killed by pollution, deforestation, disease, and more.


2016: Jessica Van Oyen (Awarded March, 2017)

Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship winner, Jessica Van Oyen! Jessica is a distinguished honor student at California State University, Fullerton and is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in graphic design. The intensity of her painting Broken and accompanying artist statement captured our attention and touched our hearts, allowing us to name her as the clear winner.

Through visually dynamic and compositionally engaging designs, Jessica hopes to join the ranks of designers who have dedicated themselves to the philanthropic cause of improving the world by raising awareness of our impact on the environment. Click here to read Jessica’s artist statement.

View the details on Jessica’s very deserving selection in the official press release.

Click here or on the image below to view Jessica’s winning entry, Broken, in high resolution:


2015: Cherylynn Lima

Cherylynn Lima

Congratulations to our 2015 scholarship winner, Cherylynn Lima! Cherylynn submitted the first few pages and concept art behind her in-progress children’s book called Laurel and Ceres, and it was the clear winner. The inspirational message and accompanying artwork as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, resulting in a rich and congruent atmosphere that transports you and allows you to live the story.

Cherylynn believes games and interactive technologies are a compelling force in the world of communication, and through her games and art, hopes to better people’s lives and better the world we all live in. Cherylynn will use her award in double-majoring in both Studio Art and Computer Science at Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts.

View the winning entry in its entirety HERE

View the details on Cherylynn’s very deserving selection in the Official Press Release.

2014: The 2014 scholarship award went to a student at a California State University who chose to be anonymous.

How to Apply

*Upload your design (please provide your highest-res copy, or native file),  HERE. Be sure to include your name, email address, and use the subject “scholarship” in the Customer Service Rep field.  Then send an email using this link to give us your 300 word description of your design.  Make sure your email includes your name (as it appears on your file upload) so we can match up the files you submit with your 300 word description.

* Submit your design by midnight December 31st, 2018

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of design
  • Creativity of design
  • “Sharability” and emotion
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Scholarship Dates

The deadline to submit your design is December 31st, 2018 by midnight. The winner will be selected by a team of Influence Print judges and featured on the website and Facebook page.

– Student Eligibility –

Scholarships will be awarded annually. The current number of scholarship awards: 1 each year

To apply for the scholarship, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States and may not be an associate (employee) of any division of Influence Graphics.

Incoming Freshmen:

You must be a current student, have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and have taken either the ACT or SAT test. If you’re an incoming freshmen from high school, you need to graduate or earn your GED between August 1st and November 1st. We can only give the scholarship to you if you’re going to be enrolled full-time as a freshman in an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university for the Fall 2018 semester.

Current Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:

You must have a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university during the 2018/2019 school year.

Graduate Students:

We’re sorry, this scholarship is currently only open to incoming freshmen and undergraduate students.

Description of Funds

The selected recipient will receive a one-time $1,000 educational scholarship to be applied to qualified expenses, including undergraduate tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board for the 2018-2019 academic year. Funds are provided by Influence Graphics. Payments issued by Influence Graphics are made payable to the student’s approved college or university and mailed directly to the accredited college or university’s Financial Aid or Bursar’s office.


The Fine Print

College/University Approval:

The institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants attending military academies are ineligible for this scholarship. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.

Responsibilities of Recipients:

The recipient must be actively enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency or military service. It is the recipient’s responsibility to verify receipt of funds with their designated institution and notify Influence Graphics should the award check not arrive within 30 days from the issue date.

Responsibilities of Influence Print:

Influence Graphics does not collect information from visitors participating in this scholarship program in any way other than specified on the scholarship’s official rules page. Contact information submitted through application will not be used for any solicitations or extraneous emails and will not be shared with any third-party entities.

Influence Graphics will retain the right to use all submitted artwork  for the sole purpose of promotion of the Influence Graphics Award for Design Excellence Scholarship. All submissions may be copied, reposted or displayed online by Influence Graphics, in whole or part, without notification.  The artist(s) retains all rights to their artwork.

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