The Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators awards merit scholarships to encourage Pittsburgh area art and design students who demonstrate the potential and dedication to become professional illustrators. All college-level undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to our annual PSI Student Scholarship Program. See FAQs below for eligible work.
For 2021 the Student Scholarship Program is working with 7 committed Pittsburgh area universities and colleges (CCAC, La Roche, Seton Hill, Chatham, Edinboro U of PA, Slippery Rock, and West Liberty State). Faculty at each school will guide student submissions through the Art Call online submission system: https://studentscholarships2021.artcall.org. The competition opens November 15 and closes December 6. Awards will be announced after December 12. Details on technical requirements are in the emails we have sent to each faculty contact. FAQs follow this section below.
Contact our Scholarship Committee Chairperson, George Schill, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about PSI's scholarship program, such as an organization's eligibility for PSI scholarship partnership or to how to set up your student body to be included in our scholarship exhibition for next year.
Jurors for our Scholarship Awards are members of PSI chaired by our Scholarship Chairman George Schill. We do not allow conflict-of-interest jurors (relatives of submitters or faculty contacts from our 7 partner schools, e.g.). Award monies from PSI are given separately from institutions’ awards and cannot be incorporated into an institute’s funds—they are awards given directly to the students. Students are informed with their awards checks that the monies must be spent on exempt expenses (tuition, books, software, supplies) since the contributed monies are tax exempt.
PSI has established $5,000 to be given annually to 13 winners in our Student Scholarship Awards Program:
4 Thomas J. Ruddy Awards: $500 each (Total $ 2000): Donated annually by Mr. Ruddy’s widow, Marsha Ruddy-Lund, this award represents the top prize amount and is given to students working creatively with the human figure OR landscape that were the main themes of illustrator/artist/professor Thomas J. Ruddy.
Daniel F. Bridy Memorial Award: $400 Donated in memory of Daniel F. Bridy by his widow, Lorraine Bridy. Daniel was an award winning Pittsburgh graphic designer and illustrator who was a friend and inspiration to all that met him. As co-founder of Rainbow Grinders, his work was characterized by the adventurous application of form and color influenced by the 60’s and Pushpin Studio.
4 PSI Scholarship First Place Awards: $400 each (Total $ 1600)
4 PSI Scholarship Honorable Mentions: $250 each (Total $1000)
Tax-deductible contributions to the PSI Scholarship Fund can be paid via PayPal or sent to Treasurer, Fred Carlson, at 118 Monticello Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. Please make checks payable to Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators (memo "Scholarship Fund"). If using PayPal to donate include “Scholarship Donation” in the memo/comment section.
Email email@example.com for questions or concerns about supporting our Scholarship Program.
We encourage PSI member participation to assist the next generation of practitioners. PSI Members desiring to serve on Scholarship Jury activity should email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com