Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators



The Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators awards scholarships to support Pittsburgh area art students who demonstrate the potential and dedication to become professional illustrators. All budding artists are encouraged to apply, but priority is given to students who are not yet established in their fields and are currently enrolled in educational training programs geared toward a career in illustration.

How to Apply
PSI works with interested Pittsburgh area universities, colleges and trade schools, and representatives are encouraged to notify us of juried events where student work can be evaluated en masse for scholarship awards. Candidates for scholarship should inform their current schools of their application and contact our Scholarship Chair to set up a juried exhibit within your academic calendar.

Contact our Scholarship Committee Chairperson, George Schill, at llihcsg@aol.com, for more information about PSI's scholarship program, such as an organization's eligibility for PSI scholarship partnership or to how to set up a scholarship exhibition.

Jurors for the our Scholar Awards must be members of PSI. We ask that the participating institution provide an honorarium fee of $75 for our jurors. Award monies from PSI are given separately from institutions’ awards and cannot be incorporated into an institute’s funds.

Current Annual Awards
PSI has established $650.00 to be given annually to three academic institutions at the discretion of the Board:

PSI Scholar Awards: First Place, $150; Second Place, $125; Third Place, $75; Juror’s Mention, $50

Thomas Ruddy Award: $250: Donated annually by Mr. Ruddy’s widow, this reward usually represents the top prize and can also be given to students working in a figurative style resembling that of Thomas Ruddy.

How to Donate

Tax-deductible contributions to the PSI Scholarship Fund can be paid via PayPal or sent to Treasurer, Fred Carlson, at 118 Monticello Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. Please make checks payable to Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators (memo "Scholarship Fund").

Email fred@carlsonstudio.com for questions or concerns about supporting our Scholarship Program.

Get Involved

We encourage member participation to assist the next generation of practitioners. PSI Members desiring to serve on Scholarship Jury activity should email pittsburghillustrators@gmail.com