We need your voices.
Brands need your voices.
As an industry, we’ve left too much talent on the sidelines for too long. It’s time to change that.
Over the past two decades, we’ve seen little, tangible progress in opening the doors of the Advertising world to young, Black talent. Often, we’ve rationalized the reasons for this as it applies directly to us—“we get zero Black applicants” responding to our openings, or “maybe it’s a Northwest thing”.
But maybe, Black students don’t see themselves reflected in our industry. As a result, they feel they don’t belong here so they don’t apply.
That’s a miss for all of us.
So we’ve decided we need to be intentional in our support of Black talent. And to do that, we need to reach back into High Schools and Higher Ed and offer access to an industry that can provide a rewarding, creative career experience.
To that end, we are introducing the Chapter & Verse Black Voices Scholarship Program. The scholarship is one small step to make Black voices an integral part of the Creative process, the Planning process, the Research, Strategy, Interactive and Social process—at agencies everywhere.
But we want to do more than just write checks. Our hope is students will take advantage of the opportunities for mentorship and guidance from our team. In addition to cash awards, recipients will be first in line for consideration for internships and placement opportunities upon graduation.
We are hoping, together, we can build a platform to give Black talent a chance to be seen, to get paid for your passion and turn the industry on its head.
A scholarship to help open doors for Black creatives, planners, strategists, developers, animators, and more.
AWARD_ we award 2 $1500 scholarships, twice a year. For applications and deadline info see APPLY below. Winners are encouraged to reapply. Students are eligible to receive a maximum of 4 awards.
ELIGIBILITY_ must be 18+, enrolled or a graduating high school senior enrolling full-time in an accredited University, College or Design School in the United States.
DISCIPLINES_ studying for a career in Advertising or Design with a focus on Creative, Research, Strategy, Computer Science, Social Media or similar.
PROGRESS_ maintain enrollment and consistent progress toward degree requirements. Must not be placed on Academic Probation.
DISTRIBUTION_ awards are paid directly through the schools’ Financial Aid departments. Students can choose to use the funds for tuition, supplies, fees or living expenses.
TO APPLY, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then introduce yourself. Tell us briefly what the scholarship would mean for you—and why you want to go into marketing. Include a link to your online portfolio or a sample of some work you’ve done. You can share your social media account or a song you wrote or a video you made and maybe include a letter from your employer or teacher—anything you think we need to see that shows off who you are.
DEADLINES_ Winter 2023 awards go out January 2024. Application deadline is December 1, 2023. Winners are notified December 10, 2023.