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Graphic Design Scholarship for Native American Students by MaCher



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MaCher is thrilled to announce its support for Native American students interested in pursuing a career in graphic design. The $10,000 Graphic Design Scholarship for Native American Students by MaCher will provide the full California in-state tuition for an Associate Degree in Graphic Design from Santa Monica College, with the remaining funds available to help with the fees and living expenses related to attending college.

Santa Monica College’s Graphic Design program is comprehensive. Students will build a diverse portfolio that will help to secure work in-house for a company, brand, or organization; at a design agency; or as a freelance graphic designer. Additional possible or future job roles include web designer, user experience (UX) designer, animator, and photographer.

Indigenous American students bring crucial knowledge and perspective to the world of graphic design, and we believe in helping with indigenizing the field. We are committed to supporting Native American students in their higher education pursuits and helping to increase representation.

To apply for this scholarship, prospective applicants must first obtain a Santa Monica College student Identification (ID) number. Apply to SMC Now. After receiving your SMC ID number, wait 24 hours, then return to this website to access the application for the Graphic Design Scholarship for Native American Students by MaCher. Application for the Graphic Design Scholarship for Native American Students by MaCher.

The Scholarship application window for Current and Prospective SMC students runs from October 1, 2023 to May 1, 2024.


This scholarship is intended for American Indians or Alaska Natives. To establish eligibility, students must submit proof of enrollment for themselves or parent(s), such as Tribal ID or CDIB documentation, for federally recognized tribal affiliation. For state-recognized or non-recognized tribal affiliation, a letter of recommendation from one additional tribal member is required. 

Applicants must submit a single and original visual art or design piece along with a video or written essay speaking to the why behind the work and what the scholarship means to you.

For questions, please email or call 310-434-4107.



Poster art designed by Jimmy Dean Horn (Chickasaw).