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ATG Artistic & Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarships

We believe in supporting future Asian American artists and leaders who are shining examples of what it means to Go Against The Grain. Each year, ATG proudly awards scholarships to a select group of amazing Asian American high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate school students through our Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship Program and Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship Program. Since 2011, we have awarded 20 scholarships. In 2014, we awarded a record ten to deserving students across the country – and look forward to doing the same in 2015!

This year, we have added a new scholarship for aspiring fashion and graphic design students: The #LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship in honor of a special member of the ATG family Lyly Koenig Mendez, an aspiring fashion designer who passed away from cancer this January. To learn more about Lyly and to apply for the scholarship, please see the information below.

A panel of judges selects scholarship finalists and winners based on the combined strength of their GPA, community involvement and leadership, personal essay, portfolio and/or video submission and personal interview, representing the spirit of Against The Grain Productions.

The scholarship deadline for 2015 has passed. Our review committee will announce the winners in August. 

Questions? Email outreach@againstthegrainproductions.com.


2015 Against The Grain Artistic & Groundbreaker Scholarship Applications

Click Here to Download Artistic Scholarship Information

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Due Date: April 15, 2015 (Closed)
Purpose: To provide financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college students pursuing a major in the performing, visual arts, journalism and/or mass communications.

Awards: $1,000 to be applied toward school tuition and fees

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be of at least 50% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity
  • Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S
  • Must be either a high school senior or a college student currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior college, or four-year college/university and must be a full-time, degree seeking student by the upcoming academic calendar year and pursuing a major in the visual/performing arts (film, theatre, fashion, photography, graphic design, dance, music, journalism, mass communications, etc.)
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)
  • Family members of Board members are ineligible

Selection Criteria: Selection is based on a rating system judged in five major categories. The candidate with the highest combined cumulative points will receive the scholarship. These categories are:

  • Quality of content submission (essay, artistic portfolio)
  • Academic performance
  • Leadership/community service experience and contribution
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Phone/in-person committee interview

Please note that those Scholarship Winners will be invited to attend our annual charity event, Fashion for a Passion held in Fall 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Fashion for a Passion is our biggest event of the year which helps to raise money for our charitable causes as well as for the current scholarship. The presence of scholarship winners is highly encouraged. Funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution in the student’s name.

Click Here to Download Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship Information

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Due Date: April 15, 2015 (Closed)
Purpose: To provide financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college seniors and graduate students who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow and changing lives in the Asian American community.

Awards: $1,500 to be applied toward school tuition and fees

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be of at least 50% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity
  • Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must be a high school senior, a college senior enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. four-year college/university or a graduate student enrolled at an accredited U.S. graduate program who will be enrolled in an accredited college/university for the upcoming academic calendar
  • Scholarship is open to students of all majors
  • Have demonstrated visionary leadership abilities through innovative means
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)
  • Family members of Board members are ineligible

Video Presentation: All scholarship candidates must submit a video presentation showcasing their work and qualifications:

  • Videos will be judged on content, creativity and execution
  • Videos are to be submitted on flash drive in the formats .wmv or .mov

Please note that the selected Finalists and Winners will be asked to sign a release from so that we may feature his or her video on our homepage.

Selection Criteria: Selection is based on a rating system judged in five major categories. The candidate with the highest combined cumulative points will receive the scholarship. These categories are:

  • Video presentation
  • Quality of content submission (essay)
  • Academic performance
  • Leadership/community service experience and contribution
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Phone/in-person committee interview

Please note that those Scholarship Winners will be invited to attend our annual charity event, Fashion for a Passion held in Fall 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Fashion for a Passion is our biggest event of the year which helps to raise money for our charitable causes as well as for the current scholarship. The presence of scholarship winners is highly encouraged.

Funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution in the student’s name.

 

 

2015 #LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship

Click Here to Download Fashion and Graphic Design Scholarship Information
Lyly Koenig MendezLyly Koenig Mendez was an orphan brought to the United States through Operation Babylift and whose story is highlighted in ATG’s documentary feature, Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam. A great supporter of ATG and the arts, Lyly grew up in Festus, MO, graduated from Crystal City High School in 1993 and earned degrees from the University of Missouri at St. Louis and the Miami International University of Art and Design. She worked in TV and film production, was a skilled graphic designer and fashion designer who also had her work featured in ATG’s 2010 Fashion for a Passion. In addition, she was a cheerleader for the St. Louis Rams in the 1990s as well as the San Diego Chargers from 2000-2001.Lyly died on January 20, 2015, near Houston, TX, at the age of 40, after an eight-year fight against breast cancer. Throughout, she never let the disease take her joy, humor, creativity, compassion, humanity and passion for family, friends and life. A shining example of what it means to “Go Against The Grain,” this memorial artistic scholarship was created in her name specifically to support talented emerging graphic/fashion design students like her and dedicated with love as a reminder of her unique spirit and legacy to #LiveLikeLyly.

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Due Date: April 15, 2015 (Closed)

Purpose: To provide financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college students pursuing a major in fashion and/or graphic design.

Awards: $1,000 to be applied towards school tuition and fees
**Please note that funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution in the student’s name.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be of at least 50% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity
  • Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must be either a high school senior or a college student currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior college, or four-year college/university and must be a full- time, degree-seeking student by the upcoming academic calendar year and pursuing a major in fashion or graphic design.
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)
  • Family members of Board members are ineligible

Selection Criteria: Selection is based on a rating system judged in five major categories. The candidate with the highest combined cumulative points will receive the scholarship. These categories are:

  • Quality of content submission (essay, artistic portfolio)
  • Academic performance
  • Leadership/community service experience and contribution
  • Letters of recommendation Phone/in-person committee interview

Completed applications are due post-marked by April 15, 2015.

Please note that those Scholarship Winners will be invited to attend our annual charity event Fashion for a Passion which will take place the evening of November 7, 2015, in Dallas, Texas. Fashion for a Passion is our biggest annual event which helps to raise money for our charitable causes as well as for the current scholarship. The presence of scholarship winners is highly encouraged.

 

If you would like to contribute to the #LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship fund, please click on the donate button below. Any level of support is greatly appreciated.



Past Scholarship Winners

A Special Thanks from Our 2014 Winners!


Heritage and Culture Camp Scholarships

Following our support of orphanages in Asia, ATG also provides scholarships here at home to ten young Asian American adoptees each year to attend culture camps such as Catalyst Foundation’s Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families and Vietnamese Heritage Camp. Last year, we raised $1,000, allowing ten youths to spend a few days in the summer connecting with their heritage, bonding with new friends and participating in enriching activities.

Meet our 2014 Heritage and Culture Camp Scholarship Winners

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