Will Eisner Scholarship Guidelines

Details and guidelines for the 2018 Will Eisner Scholar Call for Entries are available below. The competition will be open for submissions beginning March 23, 2018.



On behalf of the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation, the Society is honored to seek in his name the best of the JUNIOR class and to financially assist with supporting his/her SENIOR year. The winner of this award will receive $5,000 towards his/her senior year tuition.

You are encouraged to consider only your best JUNIOR level student(s). No Freshmen, Sophomores or Seniors. This is an award of merit, so please only consider your BEST student(s). The process requires art, writing and, if chosen to be a finalist, a personal interview. Your nominee must be strong in ALL areas. No Masters candidates, please. This competition is only open to students currently enrolled in a program in the United States who are studying Sequential/Comic Arts.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: March 23, 2018

Micheline Hess, Comic Artist
Charles Kochman, Editor, ABRAMS
Brendan Leach, Comic Artist/ Illustrator
Jamal Igle, Comic Artist/ Illustrator
Whit Taylor, Comic Artist/ Illustrator
Leigh Walton, Editor, Top Shelf 

Please note, the competition website will open on April 4th. Any accounts created before then will not be work for the Scholar Program.

  • This competition is only open to students enrolled in a US institution. 
  • Teachers must email the Society with their list of candidates prior to the students uploading portfolios to the competition site at www.soicompetitions.org. A maximum of five candidates allowed per school. Please include student's email addresses when notifying SI.
  • Once teachers send the list of candidates to SI, the Society will send directions on how to create student accounts. You will need to create a username and password for your students.
  • Nominated students can then log onto the competition website using the username and password created by the teacher.
  • Once the student has logged in they may begin uploading their portfolios and the written statement, both required for consideration. Students will be creating only ONE portfolio. The title of the portfolio should be their name only. They will then be directed to upload a series of images. All of the images should be entered as one submission. 
  • A minimum of 10 images and a maximum of 12 images per portfolio are required, not including the statement. Portfolio files should be 72dpi, 10 inches on the longest side, RGB, jpeg. The statement, by the student, should exemplify his/her passion for illustration and outline his/her career goals as an illustrator. Statements must be jpeg format and uploaded as the first file in the portfolio, labeled Statement.jpg.
  • After reviewing all of the nominees, the Jury will choose 3 finalists. The Society of Illustrators will bring these students to New York City on June 24 - June 26, 2018 for a private dinner with special illustrator and art director guests, and for an interview and portfolio presentation with the jury the following day. Students must be able to attend the interview in person to be eligible for the award. At that time the 2018 Will Eisner Scholar will be chosen.


The 2018 Will Eisner Scholar will receive a $5,000 grant towards tuition. The two semi-finalists will receive $1000 cash award.

THE WILL EISNER SCHOLAR program is under the supervision of:
Steven Guarnaccia, The Will Eisner Scholar Chair
Anelle Miller, Executive Director

Please contact Breann McGovern should you have any questions: breann@societyillustrators.org