Adobe Youth Voices Scholarships

The Adobe Youth Voices Scholarships program was developed to support the next generation of creative thinkers and propel the future careers of those who create.

The scholarships provide financial support to students who have participated in the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) program through the network of strategic partners.

AYV is the Adobe Foundation’s global initiative to increase creativity, which we believe is critical to prepare young people to be the problem solvers, critical thinkers, and leaders of tomorrow.

The AYV network includes more than 1,000 sites in 58 countries.

Meet some of our current scholars.

This scholarship is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an independent not-for-profit founded in 1919. IIE is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations.

The application will be closed at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8) on February 9, 2015. The application can be accessed at www.adobescholarship.com.

Eligibility

This scholarship is open to students in their final year of high school/upper secondary school or first year of post-secondary education who participated in the Adobe Youth Voices Program through the network of strategic partners.

Applicants must be accepted into or continuing in an accredited post-secondary degree or certificate program in a creative field or in a field through which they will apply creative skills to advance global citizenship and social justice issues.

Applicants must also be in good academic standing with a minimum U.S. GPA equivalent to 3.0 (this website can help you determine your U.S. GPA equivalency).

Duration of Scholarships

Scholarships can be renewed for up to four years pending academic progress.

Amount of Awards

The amount of the scholarship will be determined based on demonstrated financial need to meet educational expenses.

Payment of Awards

For scholarship recipients studying at a U.S. college or university, a check will be sent directly to your educational institution. Scholarship recipients attending a non-U.S. higher education institution will receive their scholarship payment either by check or wire transfer.

Submission of Applications

The application will be closed at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8) on February 9, 2015. The application can be accessed at www.adobescholarship.com.

A complete application will include:

  • Completed online application form
  • A personal statement of up to 500 words
  • A self-completed financial data form
  • Two reference letters. One letter must come from an Adobe Youth Voices educator/coordinator. The other letter can come from any non-family member who knows you well - for example a teacher, instructor, professor, employer/work supervisor, scout leader, advisor to an extracurricular club, etc.
  • High school transcript (official copy)
  • University transcript, if applicable (official copy)
  • Portfolio from Adobe Youth Voices program or other work

Only applications completed by the deadline will be reviewed. Falsifying or plagiarizing any portion of your application is grounds for automatic disqualification.

Selection of Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Achievement and potential in creative fields
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and ability
  • Personal character, commitment and potential to advance global citizenship and social justice issues
  • Clearly expressed financial need to support educational goals
  • Academic achievement
  • Career and academic goals in line with stated scholarship project objectives
  • Compelling professional/academic/AYV references

Notification of Selection Results

IIE will send notifications to all applicants informing them of their application status (successful or unsuccessful) in April 2015. Recipients will need to submit verification of their admission to, and enrollment in, a recognized post-secondary institution in order to receive their scholarship awards. Scholarship recipients who are not able to produce proof of enrollment may be passed over in favor of an alternate candidate.

Additional Information

Questions regarding the scholarships program should be addressed to:

Ms. Stacey Chapple
Program Manager
Adobe Youth Voices Scholarships Program
Institute of International Education
530 Bush Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94108 U.S.A.
Telephone: Int’l + (1) 415-362-6520 ext. 273
U.S.A. Fax: Int’l + (1) 415 392-4667
Website: http://youthvoices.adobe.com/scholarships
Email: AdobeScholarship@iie.org

What is the Adobe Foundation Creativity Scholarships program?

The Adobe Youth Voices Scholarships program is supported by Adobe and administered by the Institute of International Education. These scholarships are intended to help Adobe Youth Voices participants continue their education, pursue creative careers and find innovative ways to improve their communities.

Who is eligible to apply?

This scholarship is only open to students who have participated in the Adobe Youth Voices program through the network of strategic partners and are in their final year of secondary school or first year of post-secondary education. Further eligibility information can be found in the scholarship program description.

I have already completed secondary school, but have not yet started post-secondary school. Can I still apply?

Yes. We understand that some students take time off to study for university entrance exams, work to earn extra money for tuition, etc. When filling out the eligibility page of the application, please indicate that you are in your final year of high school/secondary school. You will have a chance to further explain your situation in the educational background section of the application.

How do I determine my U.S. GPA equivalency?

The following website can help you determine your GPA equivalency: http://www.foreigncredits.com/Resources/GPA-Calculator/.

What fields of study are supported by this scholarship?

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Arts (specializations involving technology or industry)
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Drama/Theater Arts (specializations involving writing or theater design and technology)
  • Education
  • Fashion
  • Film/Cinema Studies (specializations involving film production and technology)
  • Fine Arts (commercial arts, photography, printmaking)
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Statistics
  • Urban Planning

What do scholarship recipients receive?

The amount of the scholarship will be based on demonstrated financial need to meet educational expenses, and is meant to assist you with tuition and fees at your postsecondary school. Scholarships can be renewed for up to four years pending academic progress and proof of enrollment.

How will I demonstrate academic progress?

Scholarship recipients will be asked to send progress reports twice per academic year. To support and advance the creative focus of the scholarship program, reports should include photos, snapshots of portfolio projects, links to online exhibits or other creative works. IIE will also request official transcripts at the end of each semester to show that you are in good standing and at least one blog post or short feature story related to your creative work each academic year.

How do I apply?

The application must be completed online at www.adobescholarship.com.

What does the application require?

Complete applications will include the following:

  • Online application form
  • A personal statement of up to 500 words
  • A self-completed financial data form
  • Two reference letters. One letter must come from an Adobe Youth Voices educator/advisor. The other letter can come from any non-family member who knows you well.
  • High school transcript (official copy)
  • University transcript, if applicable (official copy)
  • Portfolio from Adobe Youth Voices program or other work

What information should be included in the personal statement? What if my statement is fewer than 500 words?

Your personal statement will need to address the following:

  • Describe your experience in the AYV program.
  • How did your participation in the program impact your choice of study at your post-secondary institution?
  • How did your AYV experience impact your long-term career plans and goals?
  • How will the Adobe Youth Voices Scholarships program help facilitate your growth as a leader, enable you to effect positive change in your community, and empower you to achieve your future academic and career goals?
  • Please explain how the scholarship will help you achieve your professional and academic goals.
  • If you are experiencing any hardships in pursuit of your education, financial or otherwise, you may also include that information in your essay

It is important to pay close attention to the prompt and answer it thoughtfully, as the personal statement is a very important part of the application. Personal statements can be fewer than 500 words, but statements that are too short run the risk of not fully answering the prompt.

I do not know where I will attend school yet. How do I complete the financial data section?

When completing the proposed study program and financial data sections of the application, use information for the school you are most likely to attend. As long as you continue to meet all of the eligibility criteria, you can still receive the scholarship if you end up attending a school other than the one listed in your application.

Who should I ask to be a reference?

One reference letter must come from your Adobe Youth Voices educator. The other reference letter can come from any non-family member who knows you well, but should not come from a friend/classmate. Examples of suitable second references include teachers, club leaders, work supervisors, youth ministers, etc.

What information needs to be included in the transcript?

Transcripts should be issued by your secondary school (or post-secondary school, if applicable), and should include a list of the classes you have taken at that school along with the grades/marks you have received.

How do I submit my portfolio?

You will need to include links to your creative work, along with a brief explanation of your role in the project. We suggest YouTube of Vimeo for video projects and Flickr.com for photography or graphic design projects. You may include up to three links.

How are scholarship recipients selected?

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Achievement and potential in creative fields
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and ability
  • Personal character, commitment and potential to advance global citizenship and social justice issues
  • Clearly expressed financial need to support educational goals
  • Academic achievement
  • Career and academic goals in line with stated scholarship project objectives
  • Compelling professional/academic/Adobe Youth Voices references
  • Portfolio of media projects created

When is the application due?

The application will be closed at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8) on February 9, 2015. All parts of your application must be completed by this date and time for your application to be reviewed. Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.

When will I learn if I have been selected for a scholarship?

All applicants will be notified in April 2015.