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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.

Private organizations will notify you directly of an award, its requirements, and how you will receive the funds. If you are awarded a scholarship, you should notify DigiPen’s Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible so we can add the funds to your award offer letter or student account and work with the scholarship agency if necessary.

The Office of Financial Aid will apply scholarship awards toward your unmet need or will reduce your loan aid (rather than grant aid) by an amount equal to the scholarship award.


DigiPen Scholarships

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

ScholarshipMax AwardSeparate Application Required?DeadlineDegree Restrictions
Bridge Scholarship$10,000YesApril 1None
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
Presidential Merit ScholarshipDetermined by student’s meritNoNoneNone
Scholarships for Continuing Students$5,000YesApril 1None
International Transfer Scholarships$2,000 - $5,000/yearNoNoneNone

Bridge Scholarship

  • Max Award: $10,000
  • Separate Application Required: Yes
  • Deadline: April 1 (Scholarship applications are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis.)
  • Degree Restrictions: None

DigiPen offers Bridge Scholarships to incoming students who demonstrate considerable financial need. To be considered, students must complete the Bridge Scholarship application in addition to the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Bridge Scholarships are awarded in late spring to early summer.


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.


Presidential Merit Scholarship

  • Max Award: Determined by student’s merit
  • 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 Presidential Merit Scholarship — no application is necessary.


Scholarships for Continuing Students

  • Max Award: $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 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, 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 your 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 your current international student advisor).
  • Does not qualify for Financial Aid.

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