Influence Print Award for Design Excellence 2016


Update: Influence Print would like to thank you for your submissions for our 2016 scholarship contest. We are in the judging process and are reviewing all entries submitted. A winner will be named and the scholarship funds distributed by January 31, 2017. Please keep this page bookmarked as our annual scholarship contest is being renewed for the 2017/2018 academic year!

Are you a creator? Do you make people think?

Submit your best design for chance at a $1,000 college scholarship and nationwide recognition!

  • Show off your work to the industry and the world!
  • Use this opportunity to promote something- a cause, a product, yourself, practically anything
  • Receive a large-format copy of your work, printed to your specifications

Influence Print’s annual visual communication design scholarship is offered for students majoring or interested in design and applied arts or graphic design with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities.

To be considered, all submitted works must be digitally created, and be based in visual communication design. “Visual communication is communication through visual aid and is described as the conveyance of ideas and information in forms that can be read or looked upon. Visual communication in part or whole relies on vision, and is primarily presented or expressed with images, it includes: signs, typography, drawing, graphic design, illustration, Industrial Design, Advertising, Animation color and electronic resources. It also explores the idea that a visual message has a greater power to inform, educate, or persuade a person or audience than text, or text alone.” (Wikipedia)

In other words, create something awesome! Use this opportunity to promote something: inform of a cause, advertise a product, show off your talent as an artist, the sky is really the limit.

The winner and five finalists’ work will be featured in a public gallery on the Influence Print website, a site visited by industry-leading professionals who rely on our printing technologies and services including creative directors, production managers, designers and artists. The winner will also receive a large-format (up to 96×48 inch) copy of their work, printed on our state-of-the-art HP/Scitex HP 700 large format printer or our Digital C Lightjet photo printer, printed to the winner’s specification.

Past Award winners

2015: Cherylynn Lima

Cherylynn Lima

Congratulations to our 2015 scholarship winner, Cherylynn Lima! Cherylynn submitted the first few pages and concept art behind her in-progress children’s book called Laurel and Ceres, and it was the clear winner. The inspirational message and accompanying artwork as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, resulting in a rich and congruent atmosphere that transports you and allows you to live the story.

Cherylynn believes games and interactive technologies are a compelling force in the world of communication, and through her games and art, hopes to better people’s lives and better the world we all live in. Cherylynn will use her award in double-majoring in both Studio Art and Computer Science at Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts.

View the winning entry in its entirety HERE

View the details on Cherylynn’s very deserving selection in the Official Press Release (pending).

2014: The 2014 scholarship award went to a student at a California State University who chose to be anonymous.

How to Apply

*Upload your design (please provide your highest-res copy, or native file),  HERE. Be sure to include your name, email address, and use the subject “scholarship” in the Customer Service Rep field.  Then send an email using this link to give us your 300 word description of your design.  Make sure your email includes your name (as it appears on your file upload) so we can match up the files you submit with your 300 word description.

* Submit your design by midnight December 31st, 2016

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of design
  • Creativity of design
  • “Sharability” and emotion
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Scholarship Dates

The deadline to submit your design is December 31st, 2016 at midnight. The five finalists will be selected by a team of Influence Print judges and featured on the website and Facebook page.

Student Eligibility

Scholarships will be awarded annually. The current number of scholarship awards: 1 each year

To apply for the scholarship, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States and may not be an associate (employee) of any division of Influence Print.

Incoming Freshmen:

You must be a current student, have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and have taken either the ACT or SAT test. If you’re an incoming freshmen from high school, you need to graduate or earn your GED between August 1st and November 1st. We can only give the scholarship to you if you’re going to be enrolled full-time as a freshman in an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university for the Fall 2016 semester.

Current Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:

You must have a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university during the 2016/2017 school year.

Graduate Students:

You must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited graduate-level program during the 2016/2017 school year. If currently enrolled, you must be in good standing with a GPA over 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

Description of Funds

The selected recipient will receive a one-time $1,000 educational scholarship to be applied to qualified expenses, including graduate and undergraduate tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board for the 2016-2017 academic year. Funds are provided by Influence Print. Payments issued by Influence Print are made payable to the student’s approved college or university and mailed directly to the accredited college or university last designated by the student.


The Fine Print

College/University Approval:

The institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants attending military academies are ineligible for this scholarship. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.

Responsibilities of Recipients:

The recipient must be actively enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency or military service. It is the recipient’s responsibility to verify receipt of funds with their designated institution and notify Influence Print should the award check not arrive on or about 30 days from the issue date. All original work creative submissions become the property of Influence Print and may be reposted or displayed online, in whole or part, without notification.

Responsibilities of Influence Print:

Influence Print does not collect information from visitors participating in this scholarship program in any way other than specified on the scholarship’s official rules page. Contact information submitted through application will not be used for any solicitations or extraneous emails and will not be shared with any third-party entities. Influence Print will print and mail the winning applicant a copy of their work within 2 weeks of the announcement of the winner.