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Digital Design Lab Financial Assistance & Scholarships

The Design Lab will consider requests for financial assistance scholarships based on demonstrated need, student motivation and creative and academic merit.

Digital Design Camp applicants will be able to apply for financial assistance scholarships within our online Digital Design Camp application, which will go live on March 1, 2021. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is April 16, 2021.

Apply for Financial Assistance

Those requesting a financial assistance scholarship are required to submit these items no later than April 16, 2021:

  • A statement of need from the parent/guardian, explaining the circumstances surrounding the student’s financial need (to be submitted within the Digital Design Camp online application, on the Financial Assistance form)
  • A statement of interest from the student, demonstrating their motivations for attending our program, and what he or she hopes to gain from the experience (to be submitted within the Digital Design Camp online application, on the Student Information form)
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor attesting to the applicant’s creative potential and academic achievement and integrity (to be emailed from the teacher or guidance counselor’s school email address to with the subject line reading “FA Recommendation for [Student’s First and Last Name]”).

Scholarship funds are provided by the Marvin and Cindy Malecha Dream Scholarship Fund and the Design Lab for K–12 Education Foundation Fund.


All financial assistance/scholarship applicants are required to pay the $100 deposit. You will be instructed to submit your deposit upon applying to Digital Design Camp. Financial Assistance applicants who, for any reason, are not given a spot or cancel their registration by May 14 will receive a full refund, including the $100 deposit.

Application Deadline for Financial Assistance: April 16!

All financial assistance/scholarship applications and materials must be submitted by April 16, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Digital Design Camp is funded solely by program fees, and so the Design Lab has a limited amount of financial assistance and scholarship fee waivers to allocate each year. Therefore, we are not able to accommodate requests submitted after the deadline.

Financial Assistance Awards

Financial assistance scholarship awards come in the form of fee waivers, covering a portion of the applicant’s Digital Design Camp fees. All financial assistance applicants will be required to pay the $100 deposit upon applying for camp and will be required to pay any remaining balance after the financial assistance waiver by May 14, 2021. If you will be in need of more than partial tuition fee support, we strongly encourage you to seek out additional scholarships that support students attending pre-college programs. 

Financial assistance/scholarship notifications will be sent out in late April. The remainder of the tuition fee owed must be paid by May 14, 2021. Payment is made by credit/debit card through our online registration system.

Special Thanks to Our Donors

Without the generosity of its donors, it would not be possible for the Design Lab to offer financial assistance and scholarships to so many aspiring design students in need each year. If you are interested in making a donation to help send a student in need to Design Camp, please visit our Support page.