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Weisman Award Guidelines


Applications open November 2014

About the Weisman Scholarship:

For Columbia College students, the completion of a significant body of work marks the passage from experimentation and exploration, to making a singular artistic statement.

The Albert P. Weisman Scholarship was established in 1974 to encourage Columbia College Chicago students to complete just such a body of work. The Scholarship is named after the late Al Weisman, a trustee of the college and one of Chicago’s best known and respected communicators. Mr. Weisman was a journalist, publicist, teacher and mentor to many. The Weisman Scholarship is intended to perpetuate his commitment to nurturing interest and excellence in all aspects of communication.

The Weisman Scholarship provides funding to a limited number of students in a variety of media who need financial assistance in order to finish a significant project, up to $4000.

The Albert P. Weisman Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Tony Weisman, the Weisman committee and the many friends of Albert P. Weisman who donate both time and resources to make this award possible.

Basis of Consideration:

Scholarships may be awarded to advanced undergraduate or graduate students who have begun a specific project that is significant in scope and that requires financial support in order to be completed. Projects must already be underway with substantial material (prints, footage, drafts, etc.) that demonstrate the concept and purpose of the project. Applications will be evaluated by a committee of professionals in an aligned field.

Scholarships are awarded according to the following:

  • Thoroughness of application
  • Sense of vision and clarity of purpose
  • Possibility of artistic and professional growth
  • Practicality and accuracy of timetable and budget estimations


  • Undergraduate students must have 60 credit hours, or more, in any major/media, at the time of application.
  • Graduate students working on a thesis project may apply.
  • Completed projects are not eligible for funding.
  • Project material/samples must be included in the application.
  • Projects that are funded must be completed in 6 months.
  • Scholarship winners will report to an assigned Weisman Advisor.
  • All completed projects will be shown, screened, read, or performed for the public.
  • All projects must be made available in digital form for submission to the Weisman Archive
  • Each project will explicitly credit the support of the Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship at Columbia College Chicago.