Will Eisner Scholarship Guidelines

Details and guidelines for the 2020 Will Eisner Scholar Call for Entries are available below. The competition will be open for submissions beginning April 3rd, 2020.

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/ their SENIOR year. The winner of this award will receive $5,000 towards his/ her/ their 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: Friday, April 3, 2020

JUDGES: To be announced soon!

Please note, the competition website will open on April 3rd. 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/ their passion for illustration and outline his/ her/ their career goals a sequential artist. 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 for an interview and portfolio presentation with special illustrator and art director guest. Students must be able to attend the interview in person to be eligible for the award. At that time the 2020 WILL EISNER SCHOLAR will be chosen, and The Society will host a celebratory lunch to congratulate each of the finalists.

Based on the current situation due to COVID-19, interview dates TBD


The 2020 Will Eisner Scholar will receive a $5,000 grant towards tuition. The two semi-finalists will receive $1,000 cash award.

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

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