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What’s better than getting paid for your hard work? That’s easy: getting paid and showing it off. Starting today, undergraduate student designers and recent graduates are encouraged to submit their best work to the 2019 Vectorworks Design Scholarship for a chance to win up to $10,000 USD, gain professional recognition, and propel themselves into a bright future of design.

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The application period runs until August 29, 2019, at which point designs are due for two rounds of judging. An esteemed panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on design integrity, originality, effective use of computer technology, and communication of design vision. Winners will then be revealed on October 16, 2019.

Whereas submissions to previous scholarships were open to any design-related industry, this year’s competition is a bit different. Vectorworks will now accept submissions only for the industries it serves — a full list of acceptable design-based degree programs can be found here. Additionally, eligible students must be enrolled in an accredited design program and registered for six or more credits, or must have graduated no earlier than 2017. 

To submit, simply visit our website and answer a few questions in 150 words or less about your best individual or group project, then attach your work. From there, you can relax until we reveal winners on October 16.

First-round winners will receive $3,000 USD and will be entered for a chance at the grand prize Richard Diehl Award, worth an additional $7,000 USD. This year, award funds can be used as winners see fit, although it’s certainly encouraged to use these funds in ways that further bolster budding design careers.

As if you needed another reason to submit, Vectorworks is offering an award outside of the cash incentive: winners’ schools will also receive free Vectorworks Designer software and complimentary training for faculty and students. That alone makes this competition worth a try. Just imagine being the one responsible for upgrading your school’s labs. It’s a pretty big deal.

"Submit anyway, even if you think your work isn't going to win. Be sure to write about the heart behind your project,” said Morgan Lindsay Price, a previous winner of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, when asked what advice she’d give to prospective applicants. "I was so shocked and grateful that we won. Vectorworks gave me a huge opportunity that I never dreamed I would have had, and I'm eternally grateful."

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