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Scholarships are gift aid (usually monetary) given to students by an organization or donor to help pay for students’ education. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, students must meet the organization or donor’s criteria — such as pursuing a certain program of study, demonstrating financial need, writing an essay on a particular topic, or being an exemplary student.

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

Except where noted, DigiPen scholarships require students to submit a printed or online application to the Office of Financial Aid. Additional requirements are detailed in the scholarship description.

Available Scholarships

ScholarshipMax AwardSeparate Application Required?DeadlineDegree Restrictions
Bridge ScholarshipUp to $10,000 per year for up to four yearsYesApril 1
(Priority deadline: February 1)
None
Jim Johnson Memorial ScholarshipUp to $25,000 per year for up to four years (BFA); or
Up to $25,000 per year for up to two years (MFA)
YesThis scholarship is offered once every four years.BFA, MFA
Merit ScholarshipUp to $12,000 per year for up to 4 yearsNoNoneNone
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ScholarshipTo be determinedNoNoneNone
Scholarships for Continuing Students$5,000YesApril 1None
International Transfer Scholarships$2,000 - $5,000/yearNoNoneNone

Bridge Scholarship

  • Max Award: Up to $10,000 per year for up to eight semesters at DigiPen
  • Separate Application Required: Yes
  • Final Deadline: April 1 (Scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will close once all funds are spent for the year. Students are encouraged to apply for Admission to DigiPen by the priority deadline of February 1 for priority consideration for Bridge Scholarship.)
  • Degree Restrictions: None

DigiPen offers Bridge Scholarships to incoming students (undergraduates and graduates) who demonstrate considerable financial need. To be considered, students must be admitted to DigiPen (students are encouraged to apply for Admission by the priority deadline of February 1 in order to receive priority consideration for Bridge Scholarship) and complete the Bridge Scholarship application in addition to the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Bridge Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis as applications come in and applications will close once all funds are spent for the year. The Office of Financial Aid strongly encourages all students to apply as early as possible. Notifications regarding the Bridge Scholarship will be sent to students as the funds are awarded.


Jim Johnson Memorial Scholarship

  • Max Award: Up to $25,000 per year for up to 4 years (BFA) or up to $25,000 per year for up to 2 years (MFA)
  • Separate Application Required: Yes
  • Degree Restrictions: BFA, MFA

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.

This scholarship is offered once every four years.


Merit Scholarship

  • Max Award: $12,000; renewable up to eight semesters at DigiPen
  • Separate Application Required: No
  • Degree Restrictions: None

In support of DigiPen’s goal of attracting the best and brightest students, DigiPen 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 Merit Scholarship when they submit their admissions application — no separate application is necessary.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship

  • Max Award: TBD; renewable up to eight semesters at DigiPen
  • Separate Application Required: No
  • Degree Restrictions: None

The DigiPen Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship supports DigiPen’s commitment to using education as a social equalizer and ensuring that all students have equitable access to DigiPen’s education. The following factors may be considered in the selection process:

  • Personal Background, extra-curriculars, awards, or community service
  • Part of an underserved group, including but not limited to:
    • Women in STEM
    • Historically underrepresented minority students
    • Students who are the first in their family to pursue a college degree
    • Youth in foster care
    • LGBTQIA+ students
    • Students with disabilities

Students will be provided with an essay prompt to apply for this scholarship as part of the admissions application. Those whose applications indicate that they may meet the criteria will be reviewed automatically – no separate application is necessary.


Scholarships for Continuing Students

  • Max Award: Up to $5,000
  • Separate Application Required: Yes
  • Deadline: April 1 (Scholarship applications are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis.)
  • Degree Restrictions: None

DigiPen offers three different scholarships for Continuing Students, including the Continuing 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. Scholarships are not renewable; students must apply annually.

These scholarships are awarded to DigiPen sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students who:

  1. have demonstrated leadership skills through active participation in campus activities,

  2. have considerable financial need, or

  3. have demonstrated continued academic success.


International Transfer Scholarships

In an effort to promote diversity on our campus and encourage the development of talent from around the world, International Student Services is happy to offer the following Merit-Based Automatic Transfer Scholarships.

Level One: GPA 3.7 and above for $5,000/year

Any F-1 international student who:

  • Has completed a minimum of 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits of college-level classes at any college and earned a 3.7 GPA in the last 24 months in any field of study.

  • Has maintained F-1 status without any legal violation (this will be verified by their current international student advisor).

  • Does not qualify for Financial Aid.

Level Two: GPA 3.2 and above for $2,000/year

Any F-1 international student who:

  • Has completed a minimum of 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits of college-level classes at any college and earned a 3.2 GPA in the last 24 months in any field of study.

  • Has maintained F-1 status without any legal violation (this will be verified by their current international student advisor).

  • Does not qualify for Financial Aid.

Awards will be distributed during both fall and spring semesters. Students do not need to submit a separate scholarship application.

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