Jurors and Award Policy
Jurors for our Scholarship Awards are members of PSI chaired by our Scholarship Chairman George Schill. We do not allow conflict-of-interest jurors (relatives of submitters, e.g.). Award monies from PSI are given separately from institutions’ awards and cannot be incorporated into an institute’s funds—they are awards given directly to the students. Students are informed with their awards checks that the monies must be spent on exempt expenses (tuition, books, software, supplies) since the contributed monies are tax exempt.
Current Annual Awards
PSI has established $3000.00 to be given annually to 12 winners in our Student Scholarship Awards Program:
4 Thomas J. Ruddy Awards: $350 each (Total $1400): Donated annually by Mr. Ruddy’s widow, Marsha Ruddy-Lund, this award represents the top prize amount and is given to students working creatively with the human figure OR landscape that were the main themes of illustrator/artist/professor Thomas J. Ruddy.
4 PSI Scholarship First Place Awards: $250 each (Total $1000)
4 PSI Scholarship Honorable Mentions: $150 each (Total $600)
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. What are eligible works for consideration in this illustration competition? Any artwork completed for a school project for courses like illustration, painting, drawing, design, computer graphics, production design, book design, advertising, communication design, printmaking, design fundamentals, independent study, animation or marketing is eligible. Do NOT submit layouts, figure drawings, still-life studies, logos or photography. This is NOT a design competition, it is an illustration competition. Illustrations dropped into finished presentation layouts are eligible.
2. Does this cost me anything? No. All submissions are free to the students.
3. My department does not have a formal illustration program or major, am I still eligible? PSI is not concerned with your actual major or whether your program has a defined illustration major. We ARE concerned with seeing your best work and encouraging your future as a possible practitioner in the illustration world, regardless of how your academic record or diploma is worded.
4. I attend community college and am not a “full-time” student. Am I still eligible? Yes.
5. Is there a limit to the number of entries I can submit. No. But we do want what you and your instructors consider your best efforts.
6. Are there any limitations concerning media? PSI has given awards to computer illustration, animations, traditional printmaking, paintings, drawings of all media, collages, mixed media, watercolor, relief, and photographed sculpture. No unfinished layouts, figure drawings, still lives, logos or photography. Photography CAN be a basis for a collage or computer illustration but this nuance is up to the discretion of the jurors.
7. What are the sizes and formats of the submitted entries? The Art Call specs are very specific. Please follow them exactly. Email questions to the Scholarship Chairman only if your faculty contact does not know the answer.
8. When are the submissions due? We are striving to make this submission process something we can do each year at the same time. Please read the outreach email and other material about this year’s submission process VERY CAREFULLY.
9. Am I eligible to win more than one award? Yes, depending on the quality of the entries, a student could win more than one award of the 12 offered.
10. Does it matter what year of school I am? No. Every class is eligible.
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