Osmosis is like a book mobile for design. We visit schools and get kids to look around their classrooms. We ask, ‘How did the lights get here? Why does the furniture look like that? The answer is, ‘They had to be designed.’ The lights, the furniture, the shoes the kids wear. Those were designed by people: lighting designer, furniture designer, fashion designer. Project Osmosis exposes students to the path of a designer and what they do.
— Vernon Lockhart, Project Osmosis

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AIGA San Diego LINK Program

Funding design and portfolio preparations workshops at San Diego City College for inner-city high school students in San Diego, CA.


AIGA Seattle LINK Program

Funding graphic design workshops, art college tours, student internships in graphic design, portfolio preparation advice and graphic design scholarships for inner-city high school students in Seattle, WA.


ArtCenter College of Design

Funding scholarships to ArtCenter at Night program; funding model fees, art supply stipends and scholarships to Saturday “Honors Drawing” classes for high school students from economically disadvantaged areas around Pasadena, CA; provide scholarships for students matriculating into ArtCenter.


California College of the Arts

Funding illustration and design scholarships based on creative merit and financial need.


California Institute of the Arts

Funding scholarships in the graphic design and graphic arts disciplines for minority and low-income students.


College for Creative Studies

Funding scholarships for degree-seeking freshman students majoring in graphic design.


Cooper Union

Funding for the Saturday Program, which provides free art classes to New York City public high school students.


Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Design Kids program

Funding for Design Directions, which provides New York City high school students with a complete introduction to careers in design, providing them with guidance in applying to art and design colleges as well as mentorship from professionals in the design fields.


Cornish College of the Arts

Funding graphic design program scholarships.


Inneract Project

Funding for a design program that introduces inner-city youths and their communities to the field of design, serves as a facilitator to aspiring designers and mentors young people to pursue higher education.


Lesley University

Funding the Young Artist Scholarship Program that provides access to Lesley’s extensive pre-college courses for talented, urban high school students with significant financial need.


Light Bringer Project

Funding a school-day program that engages senior high school youth in a professional work environment for two years, illuminating the many disciplines associated with advertising, marketing and digital communication.


Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Funding for Artward Bound, which prepares 9th through 12th graders with the artistic and academic skills needed for admission to and success at an art/design college; scholarships for illustration, animation and graphic design.


Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Funding for portfolio prep program, continuing education and scholarships for degree-minded participants.


Moore College of Art and Design

Funding for Summer Art and Design Institute, a four-week pre-college residential program for 10th–12th grade women to develop their art and design potential.


New York Art Directors Club Saturday Career Workshops

Funding Saturday career workshops for a cross-section of high school students in New York’s five boroughs, introducing students to careers in advertising design and communications.


Project Osmosis

Funding hands-on seminars, portfolio reviews and career days to create interest and awareness of the graphic design profession for Chicago-area high school students; funding annual college scholarships in graphic design.


Otis College of Art and Design

Funding graphic design program scholarships.


Society of Illustrators Summer Illustration Art Academy

Funding for a completely free intensive art program for 30 multicultural students from communities most in need of free after-school arts programming.


University of Cincinnati

Funding scholarship support for students with financial need participating in the graphic design program at the College of Design.


University of the Arts

Funding scholarship support for students with financial need participating in the pre-college programs for graphic design, photography and illustration.


Visual Arts Foundation

Providing scholarships to the School of Visual Arts for the MFA illustration as visual essay program.

WorldStudio Foundation AIGA Scholarships

Funding scholarships in the graphic design, photography and illustration disciplines for economically disadvantaged and minority students.