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: This scholarship is open to students who will be pursuing any year of their undergraduate college/university studies during the 2020-21 academic year. The application is open to students from any country in the world.

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.

Students pursuing graduate degree programs are not eligible for this scholarship.

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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 a college/university program in their intended creative field.

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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 education. 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: Adobe Creativity Scholars are eligible for up to U.S. $25,000.00 per academic year for required tuition and fees*.

The exact amount of each Adobe Creativity Scholarship will be determined by several critical factors including:

  • the Creativity Scholar’s expected financial need,
  • the location of their college/university, and
  • the type of college/university (state university, private university, etc.).

Tuition amounts vary greatly from country to country, and Creativity Scholars attending college/university in countries with higher tuition costs will receive larger scholarship awards. Every effort will be made to cover most, if not all, of each Creativity Scholar’s required tuition costs. However, please be aware that some scholarship recipients, specifically those attending higher cost universities in the United States, may not have their full financial need met by this scholarship.

In addition to receiving the scholarship, Creativity Scholars will receive a free Creative Cloud subscription for each year they are in the program and 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 engage with Adobe employees.

*Barring special circumstances, the calculation of tuition and fees will not include room & board

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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 is now open.

Apply Here

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Q: What does the application require?

A: Complete applications will include the following:

  • Online application form.
  • A personal statement of approximately 500 words.
  • An estimate of your expected tuition and fee expenses.
  • Two reference letters. The letters must come from non-family members who knows you well - for example a teacher, instructor, professor, employer/work supervisor, scout leader, advisor to an extracurricular club, etc.
  • 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 uploaded to Behance.

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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 impact, 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? Can I include more than two references?

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.

We can only accept two references from each scholarship applicant, and you will only be able to register two individuals as referees in your application. If you would like to change one of your referees, you will have the ability to cancel one of your existing reference requests and then register a new person.

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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: I am a GED holder. What should I include as my high school transcript?

A: In lieu of a high school transcript, GED holders can provide us with their GED certificate or GED transcript, whichever document includes their test scores. Please contact AdobeScholarship@iie.org if you need additional guidance.

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Q: How do I submit my portfolio?

A: In your application, you will need to include links to projects you have uploaded to Behance.

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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: Can I apply for both the Adobe Creativity Scholarships and the Adobe Design Circle Scholarships?

A: While people are technically able to apply for both programs, it will not be possible to be selected for both. For anyone who does choose to apply to both programs, please be aware that you will need to submit two separate applications, prepare two different personal statements, and request two sets of reference letters (references can be from the same people for each application, but they will need to be requested and submitted separately for each application.

Because of the additional effort required to apply for both programs, we strongly encourage applicants to carefully read through the information available on each program and focus your efforts solely on the one that is the better fit for your interests and career goals.

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Q: When is the application due?

A: The application will be due on March 12, 2020 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

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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 2020.

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Q: Who can I contact if I have questions?

A: Please address all questions to AdobeScholarship@iie.org.

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