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2017 Will Eisner Scholar

Accepting entries until May 5, 2017

2017 Zankel Scholar

Accepting entries until May 5, 2017

Student Scholarship Competition 2017

2,349 students participated, representing 78 schools CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!view winners gallery

2017 Will Eisner Scholar

The Society of Illustrators is pleased to invite Department Chairs or Administrators for Undergraduate Programs to nominate a JUNIOR level student or students to be considered for the selection as the 2017 WILL EISNER SCHOLAR. This is the third year the Society of Illustrators is proudly presenting this annual educational opportunity.

This scholarship honors Will Eisner who was one of the most influential comic artists of all time. Will Eisner was a pioneer in the creation of comics during the “Golden Age” of comics during the 1930s and 1940s, achieving fame with his iconic crime-fighting hero The Spirit. Many comic greats worked with Eisner, including Jules Feiffer, Jack Kirby, and Al Jaffee. After The Spirit ceased publication, Eisner devoted himself to creating educational and instructional sequential art, a term he coined. In 1978, Eisner once again reinvented himself- and the comic art medium- with his graphic novel, A CONTRACT WITH GOD. Will Eisner’s 19 graphic novels and 3 textbooks are still in print in 15 worldwide languages. The prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented annually at San Diego Comic-Con.

On behalf of the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation, the Society is honored to seek in his name the best of the JUNIOR class and to financially assist with supporting his/her SENIOR year. The winner of this award will receive $5,000 towards his/her senior year tuition.

You are encouraged to consider only your best JUNIOR level student(s). No Freshmen, Sophomores or Seniors. This is an award of merit, so please only consider your BEST student(s). The process requires art, writing and, if chosen to be a finalist, a personal interview. Your nominee must be strong in ALL areas. No Masters candidates, please. This competition is only open to students currently enrolled in a program in the United States who are studying Sequential/Comic Arts.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: April 3, 2017
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: May 5, 2017

PROCESS:
Please note, the competition website will open on April 3rd. Any accounts created before then will not be work for the Scholar Program.

1. Teachers must email the Society with their list of candidates prior to the students uploading portfolios to the competition site. A maximum of five candidates allowed per school.

2. Nominated students must create a username and password on the competition site at www.soicompetitions.org. To do this, have your students click on "details and registration" and create a log in. The Society will approve the log in with the list you provided in step 1. Do not use the School Account for this step.

3. Once the student has logged in and been approved they may begin uploading their portfolios and the written statement, both required for consideration. A minimum of 10 images and a maximum of 12 images per portfolio are required. Portfolio files should be 72dpi, 700-1000 pixels on the longest side, RGB, jpeg. Step by step directions can be found on the competition site after the log in. Physical books and zines will be accepted if the student makes it into the final round of judging. The statement, by the student, should exemplify his/her passion for sequential art and outline his/her career goals as a comic artist. Statements must be jpeg format and uploaded as the first file in the portfolio, labeled Statement.jpg.

4. After reviewing all of the nominees, the Jury will choose 3 finalists. The Society of Illustrators will bring these students to New York City on May 30 - June 1, 2017 for a private dinner with special cartoonists and publisher guests, and for an interview and portfolio presentation with the jury. At that time the 2017 WILL EISNER SCHOLAR will be chosen.

AWARD:

The 2017 Will Eisner Scholar will receive a $5,000 grant towards tuition. The two semi-finalists will receive $1,000 cash award.

THE WILL EISNER SCHOLAR program is under the supervision of:
Steven Guarnaccia, The Will Eisner Scholar Chair
Anelle Miller, Executive Director

Please contact Breann McGovern should you have any questions: breann@societyillustrators.org

2017 Zankel Scholar

The Society of Illustrators is pleased to invite Department Chairs or Administrators for Undergraduate Programs to nominate a JUNIOR level student or students to be considered for the selection as the 2017 ZANKEL SCHOLAR. This is the eleventh year the Society of Illustrators is proudly presenting this annual educational opportunity. It is named in honor of Arthur Zankel whose generous bequest has made this possible.

Mr. Zankel was a firm advocate for higher education. It is the Society's honor to seek in his name the best of the JUNIOR class and to financially assist with supporting his/her SENIOR year. The winner of this award will receive $10,000 towards his/her senior year tuition.

You are encouraged to consider only your best JUNIOR level student(s). No Freshmen, Sophomores or Seniors. This is an award of merit, so please only consider your BEST student(s). The process requires art, writing and, if chosen to be a finalist, a personal interview. Your nominee must be strong in ALL areas. No Masters candidates, please. This competition is only open to students currently enrolled in a program in the United States.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: April 3, 2017
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: May 5, 2017

JUDGES:
Marcos Chin, Illustrator
Martin Gee, Art Director, Time
Jessie Hartland, Illustrator
Lisa Kelsey, Art Director, Family Circle
Wendy Popp, Illustrator

PROCESS:
Please note, the competition website will open on April 3rd. Any accounts created before then will not be work for the Scholar Program.

1. Teachers must email the Society with their list of candidates prior to the students uploading portfolios to the competition site. A maximum of five candidates allowed per school.

2. Nominated students must create a username and password on the competition site at www.soicompetitions.org. To do this, have your students click on "details and registration" and create a log in. The Society will approve the log in with the list you provided in step 1. Do not use the School Account for this step.

3. Once the student has logged in and been approved they may begin uploading their portfolios and the written statement, both required for consideration. A minimum of 10 images and a maximum of 12 images per portfolio are required. Portfolio files should be 72dpi, 10 inches on the longest side, RGB, jpeg. Step by step directions can be found on the competition site after the log in. The statement, by the student, should exemplify his/her passion for illustration and outline his/her career goals as an illustrator. Statements must be jpeg format and uploaded as the first file in the portfolio, labeled Statement.jpg.

4. After reviewing all of the nominees, the Jury will choose 3 finalists. The Society of Illustrators will bring these students to New York City on May 30 - June 1, 2017 for a private dinner with special illustrator and art director guests, and for an interview and portfolio presentation with the jury the following day. At that time the 2017 ZANKEL SCHOLAR will be chosen.

AWARD:

The 2017 ZANKEL SCHOLAR will receive a $10,000 grant towards tuition. The two semi-finalists will receive $1,000 cash award.

THE ZANKEL SCHOLAR program is under the supervision of:
Melanie Reim, Education Chair
Judy Francis Zankel, Past President
Anelle Miller, Executive Director

Please contact Breann McGovern should you have any questions: breann@societyillustrators.org