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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. Both U.S. and international students of DigiPen’s Redmond campus are able to apply for all of the following scholarships.

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


Bridge Scholarship

  • Max Award: Up to $10,000 per year for up to four years
  • Separate Application Required: Yes
  • Rolling Deadline: 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 the Bridge Scholarship.
  • Degree Restrictions: None

Incoming students sometimes need institutional funding to “bridge” their resources. That’s where the Bridge Scholarship plays a role in supporting both undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate considerable financial need. To be considered, students must be admitted to DigiPen and complete the Bridge Scholarship application in addition to the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Students who are not eligible for the FAFSA are still able to apply and will need to answer some additional funding questions. Bridge Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis as applications come in and applications close once all funds are awarded 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.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship

  • Max Award: $5,000 per year for up to four years
  • Separate Application Required: An additional essay will need to be completed
  • 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

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 for up to four years

Any F-1 international student who:

  • Has completed a minimum of 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits of college-level classes at any U.S. college(s) 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 while enrolled at the U.S. college(s) (to be verified by their current international student advisor) and holds the valid legal F-1 status until matriculation into DigiPen.

  • Does not qualify for federal Financial Aid.

Level Two: GPA 3.2 and above for $2,000/year for up to four years

Any F-1 international student who:

  • Has completed a minimum of 45 quarter credits or 30 semester credits of college-level classes at any U.S. college(s) 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 while enrolled at the U.S. college(s) (to be verified by their current international student advisor) and holds the valid legal F-1 status until matriculation into DigiPen.

  • Does not qualify for federal Financial Aid.

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


Jim Johnson Memorial Scholarship

  • Max Award: $6,000 per year for up to four years
  • Separate Application Required: Yes
  • Deadline: April 1
  • Degree Restrictions: BFA in Digital Art and Animation

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


Merit Scholarship

  • Max Award: Up to $12,000 per year for up to four years
  • 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.


President’s Technology Academy Scholarship

  • Max Award: 50% of first-year tuition per year for up to four years
  • Separate Application Required: Yes
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Degree Restrictions: BA in Music and Sound Design, BS in Computer Science and Digital Audio, BFA in Digital Art and Animation, BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, BS in Computer Science and Game Design, BS in Computer Science

DigiPen offers this merit-based scholarship available to incoming students who attended a DigiPen Technology Academy or DigiPen Animation Academy program as a high school course through WANIC, Puget Sound Skills Center, New Market Skills Center, or Pierce County Skills Center and have been accepted into one of the above degree programs at DigiPen Institute of Technology.


Promoting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Success in STEAM Scholarship

  • Max Award: $5,000 per year for up to four years
  • Separate Application Required: Yes
  • Degree Restrictions: None

Schools, like communities, are a collection of people united by a common set of values. Systemic racism and discrimination are antithetical to our values as an institution of higher education. We recognize that the injustices committed against Black people and other People of Color are not isolated incidents.  As educators of future STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) professionals, we acknowledge the exclusion and inequities that exist and are committed to actively creating a more equitable future. 

We recognize that diverse voices and perspectives enrich the educational environment, yet we acknowledge that college can remain unaffordable for many. With this in mind, we are now offering this scholarship to support Black and Indigenous students, as well as those who may have suffered from historical and systemic racism and discrimination. The following will be considered in the selection process:

  • Applicant’s demographic information
  • Essay response

Scholarships for Continuing Students

  • Max Award: $5,000 for one year; must apply annually
  • 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.


Shield Scholarship

  • Max Award: Awarded on a case-by-case basis. Varies by financial need.
  • Separate Application Required: Yes
  • Rolling Deadline: Scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will close once all funds are awarded for the year.
  • Degree Restrictions: None

DigiPen students learn to overcome many hurdles during their academic careers, and when an unexpected circumstance or hardship arises, we want to make sure that they have an extra safety net to help keep them on their path to success. That’s why we’ve created the Shield Scholarship to help students overcome a temporary financial hurdle. The Shield Scholarship provides aid a semester at a time for students who may need additional assistance within an academic year after completing a Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) and exhausting all other financial assistance options.

This scholarship is open to incoming and current DigiPen students. Both U.S. citizens and international students may apply. To apply for a Shield Scholarship:

  • Incoming students will first need to complete the Bridge Scholarship application (when available).
  • Matriculated students will first need to complete the application for a Continuing Student Scholarship for the next aid year (when available).

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