1. What is the Adobe Creativity Scholarships program?
  2. Who is eligible to apply?
  3. I have already completed secondary school, but have not yet started college/university. Can I still apply?
  4. Is there a minimum grade point average needed to apply?
  5. What fields of study are supported by this scholarship?
  6. What do scholarship recipients receive?
  7. How will I demonstrate academic progress?
  8. How do I apply?
  9. What does the application require?
  10. What information should be included in the personal statement? What if my statement has fewer than 500 words?
  11. I do not know where I will attend college/university yet. How do I complete the financial data section?
  12. Who should I ask to be a reference?
  13. What information needs to be included in the transcript?
  14. How do I submit my portfolio?
  15. How are scholarship recipients selected?
  16. When is the application due?
  17. When will I learn if I have been selected for a scholarship?

Q: What is the Adobe Creativity Scholarships program?

A: The Adobe Creativity Scholarships program is supported by Adobe and administered by the Institute of International Education. These scholarships are intended to help creative youths continue their education, pursue creative careers and find innovative ways to improve their communities.

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Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: Applicants for the Adobe Creativity Scholarship must meet at least one of the three following requirements:

  1. Be an alumnus of the Adobe Youth Voices program.
  2. Be a student at one of Project 1324’s partner sites or Creative Catalyst organizations.
  3. Be a finalist or winner in a Project 1324 Challenge or a past finalist or winner in the Adobe Youth Voices Awards.

This scholarship is open to students who will be entering either their first or second year of college/university education during the 2017-18 academic year.

Applicants must be planning to enroll in an accredited college/university degree or certificate program in a creative field or in a field through which they will use creativity as a force for positive social change. Applicants do not need to be accepted into a program at the time of application, but if selected for a scholarship, proof of acceptance will be required before scholarship funds can be sent.

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Q: I have already completed secondary school, but have not yet started college/university. Can I still apply?

A: Yes. We understand that some students take time off to study for university entrance exams, work to earn extra money for tuition, etc. In the Educational Background section of the application, you will have a chance to explain any time gaps in your education.

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Q: Is there a minimum grade point average needed to apply?

A: While there is no minimum grade requirement to apply for this scholarship, an applicant’s academic record must show potential to succeed in college/university.

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Q: What fields of study are supported by this scholarship?

A: This scholarship is open, but not limited, to applicants planning to study media arts, performing arts, liberal arts, social sciences, computer science, and engineering. We are open to considering any field of study as long as you are able to make a connection between that field and using creativity as a force for positive social change. You will have an opportunity to explain that connection in your application.

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Q: What do scholarship recipients receive?

A: Scholarship amounts will vary depending on the location of the college/university, the type of college/university (state university, private university, community college, etc.), and the Creativity Scholar’s expected financial need. While every effort is made to cover most, if not all, of the Creativity Scholar’s tuition and fee costs, please note that this will not always be possible due to funding availability.

The Adobe Creativity Scholarship is not intended to cover room and board expenses, although exceptions may be made in rare circumstances. In addition to receiving the scholarship, Creativity Scholars may occasionally be given other opportunities by Adobe to further their professional development. Some past and present examples include invitations to conferences or film festivals and opportunities to be mentored by Adobe employees.

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Q: How will I demonstrate academic progress?

A: Scholarship recipients will be asked to send progress reports twice per academic year. These progress reports will be completed by the Scholar and by an appropriate representative from the Scholar’s college/university, and include a copy of the current academic transcript.

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Q: How do I apply?

A: The application must be completed online at AdobeScholarship.com.

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Q: What does the application require?

A: Complete applications will include the following:

  • Online application form
  • A personal statement of up to 500 words
  • An estimate of your expected tuition and fee expenses
  • Two reference letters. The letters must come from a non-family member who knows you well - for example a teacher, instructor, professor, employer/work supervisor, scout leader, advisor to an extracurricular club, etc. For applicants from an AYV or Creative Catalyst program, or a Project 1324 partner site, at least one of the two letters must come from an educator or coordinator at that program.
  • High school transcript issued by the school (for applicants from the United Kingdom or Commonwealth countries, A level, O level, GCSE, or BTEC results are also acceptable)
  • College/university transcript issued by the school, if applicable
  • Portfolio of your creative work

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Q: What information should be included in the personal statement? What if my statement has fewer than 500 words?

A: Your personal statement will need to address the following:

  • How has your experience with making creative projects influenced your choice of study at college/university and your career goals?
  • How will the Adobe Creativity Scholarships program help you to use creativity as a force for positive change, facilitate your growth as a leader, and empower you to achieve your academic and career goals?
  • If you are experiencing any hardships in pursuit of your education, financial or otherwise, please also include that information in your essay.

Along with your portfolio, the personal statement is a crucial element of the application and plays a large role in who is selected for the scholarship. We encourage you to use this essay as an opportunity to tell a story about your creative journey, your goals, and your strengths. We want to get a sense of who you are and what you are passionate about from this essay. This personal statement should be approximately 500 words. If your personal statement has fewer than 500 words, you may be missing out on your opportunity to fully introduce yourself to us.

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Q: I do not know where I will attend college/university yet. How do I complete the financial data section?

A: When completing the proposed study program and financial data sections of the application, use information for the college/university you are most likely to attend. As long as you continue to meet all of the eligibility criteria, you can still receive the scholarship if you end up attending a school other than the one listed in your application.

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Q: Who should I ask to be a reference?

A: The reference letters must come from a non-family member who knows you well - for example a teacher, instructor, professor, employer/work supervisor, scout leader, advisor to an extracurricular club, etc.

For applicants from an AYV or Creative Catalyst program, or a Project 1324 partner site, at least one of the two letters must come from an educator or coordinator at that program.

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Q: What information needs to be included in the transcript?

A: Transcripts should be issued by your high school/secondary school (or college/university, if applicable), and should include a list of the classes you have taken at that school along with the grades/marks you have received. For applicants from the United Kingdom or Commonwealth countries, A level, O level, GCSE, or BTEC results are also acceptable.

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Q: How do I submit my portfolio?

A: You will need to create a portfolio using Behance. Once you have uploaded projects to Behance, you can include links to up to three projects in your application, along with an explanation of your role in creating the media project (particularly important for collaborative group projects).

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Q: How are scholarship recipients selected?

A: Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Achievement and potential in creative fields
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and ability
  • Personal character, commitment and potential to use creativity as a force for positive social change
  • Clearly expressed financial need to support educational goals
  • Academic achievement
  • Career and academic goals in line with stated scholarship objectives
  • Compelling references
  • Portfolio of media projects created

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Q: When is the application due?

A: The application will be closed at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8) on March 6, 2017. All parts of your application must be completed by this date and time for your application to be reviewed. Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.

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Q: When will I learn if I have been selected for a scholarship?

A: All applicants will be notified in May 2017.

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