Scholarships are awards (usually monetary) given to students by an organization or donor to help pay for students' education. Students must meet the organization or donorís criteria ó such as pursuing a certain program of study, demonstrating financial need, writing an essay on a particular topic, or being an exemplary student.

If you are accepted for a scholarship opportunity, you should notify DigiPenís Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible so we can add the funds to your award letter and account and work with the scholarship agency if necessary. Private organizations will notify you directly of an award, its requirements, and how you will receive the funds.

DigiPen will apply any scholarship awards toward your unmet need or will reduce your loan aid (rather than grant aid) by an amount equal to the scholarship award. Note that scholarship dollars usually will not replace your expected family contribution (EFC).

DigiPen Scholarships

DigiPen offers the following need-based and merit-based scholarships for eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

All eligible, accepted students are considered for the DigiPen Presidential Merit Scholarship and the Computer Engineering scholarships (if pursuing the BS in Computer Engineering degree program). You must submit a separate application for each other scholarship for which you qualify.


The DigiPen Presidential Merit Scholarship

In support of DigiPenís goal of attracting the best and brightest students, DigiPen Institute of Technology awards a number of merit scholarships each year to students who exhibit exceptionally strong academic performance and/or artistic talent. All applicants to the school are automatically considered for a DigiPen Presidential Merit Scholarship ó no application is necessary.


Bridge Scholarship

The deadline for this scholarship is April 1. Scholarship applications are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis.

DigiPen offers a limited number of Bridge Scholarships to incoming students who demonstrate considerable financial need. To be considered, students must complete a FAFSA ( in addition to the Bridge Scholarship application below. Bridge Scholarships are awarded in late spring to early summer, once students have completed the financial aid process for the upcoming academic year.


Jim Johnson Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the Jim Johnson scholarship is to promote and provide financial assistance to a candidate who demonstrates talent, creativity, and a sense of adventure and courage in the pursuit of a degree in digital art at DigiPen Institute of Technology.

The award for this scholarship is up to $25,000 per year for up to four years (Bachelor's degree student) or up to $25,000 per year for up to two years (Master's degree student), to be applied toward tuition and fees at DigiPen Institute of Technology and subject to terms and conditions as indicated on the award offer letter.


DigiPen Scholarships for Continuing Students

The deadline for this scholarship is April 1. Scholarship applications are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis.

DigiPen offers three different Scholarships for Continuing Students, including the Continued Student Academic Success (CSAS) Scholarship, the DigiPen Financial Stimulus Scholarship, and the Campus Leadership Scholarship. All three of these scholarships utilize the same application; applicants must indicate on their application which scholarships they would like to apply for. These scholarships are awarded to DigiPen sophomores, juniors, and seniors who:

  1. have demonstrated leadership skills through active participation in campus activities,
  2. have considerable financial need,
  3. or have demonstrated continued academic success.

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are offered by a variety of third-party organizations, each with its own eligibility criteria, requirements, deadlines, and award amounts.

To be considered eligible for a private scholarship, you must usually submit an application. Submitting the FAFSA does not by itself qualify students for scholarships, but many scholarships (including DigiPen's institutional scholarships) require that you submit your FAFSA beforehand to prove financial need.


Featured Private Scholarships

DigiPen students have found success with the following private scholarships.

  • College Success Foundation: Need-based scholarships offered by the College Success Foundation are available to students attending college in Washington State. Scholarships available include the Leadership 1000 Scholarship, the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, and the Governorís Scholarship for Foster Youth.
  • Robert B. McMillen Foundation Scholarship: This $25,000 scholarship is available to students pursuing an education in fine art at select schools, including DigiPen.


Other Private Scholarships

Students are encouraged to seek out and apply for private scholarship opportunities to fund their education. DigiPen does not endorse any particular private scholarships, but we suggest using the following scholarship search engines to begin your search: