Angelo Donghia Scholarship goes to...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

Simona Turco a 3rd year Environmental Design student, won the Angelo Donghia Scholarship. OCAD U was up against the very best American Universities and Simona won 1st prize, $24,755.40. Way to go!!!



AIMA AGO photography prize logo, white letters on black background
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 4:00am

The AIMIA | AGO PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: Awarding students for extraordinary artistic potential who are studying towards bachelor degrees with a major or focus in fine art photography.   Each year, this program awards three $7,000 CAD scholarships!!

Terms of Eligibility:
- Open to all Full-time 3rd year students working with photo who are entering their final year of study.
- Submissions may include photo, video, photo-based installation, and lens based artwork. 

What does winning the scholarship include? 
- THREE $7,000 scholarships toward tuition for the final year of study. 

Artistic Criteria:
Each year, this program awards three $7,000 CAD scholarships to undergraduate students who are entering their final year of study at select Canadian academic institutions.
Each academic partner institution will form a jury of three faculty to review their students' submissions and select one finalist. The finalists will be evaluated by the Scholarship Program jury, consisting of two representatives from the Art Gallery of Ontario and a previous winner of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize. Each year, the jury will select three winners, who will each receive $7000 CAD. Additionally, the home institutions of the winning students each receive $1000 CAD honorariums.

The winning students, finalists and faculties will be notified of the jury’s selections in June 2016. A press release will be issued announcing the 3 winners, with a link to their works on the prize website. Winning students must be willing to attend a special event in Toronto, scheduled by Aimia and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Jenn Long
Assistant Professor, Associate Chair, Cross-Disiplinary Art Practices




poster for the AIMIAAGO Scholarship, text on white Background

BMO Financial Group establishes renewable scholarship

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 4:00am

BMO Financial Group is expanding its support of OCAD University students with a $300,000 endowed scholarship. The BMO Financial Group Awards, valued at more than $3,500 each, will be given annually to full-time students enrolling in their first year at OCAD University. Recipients will be chosen based on academic merit with preference given to students who demonstrate community involvement.

The scholarships will be renewed based on the students’ academic standing and fulltime enrolment.

“We are grateful to BMO Financial Group for establishing these renewable scholarships which will have a tremendous positive impact on the student experience,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-chancellor. “The recipients will benefit from stable financial support right through to graduation.”

BMO Financial Group has been a champion of OCAD University for over 25 years, generously supporting student talent, signature events and special projects. This latest contribution will allow more students to pursue their passion for careers in art, design and digital media.

BMO Financial Group:

Established in 1817, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of approximately $672 billion as of July 31, 2015, and more than 47,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

OGS/SSHRC Information Session for Students

Image of the Sharp Centre for Design
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Interested in applying for an SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Please RSVP to to reserve your spot!

Venue & Address: 
Room 420 205 Richmond Street West

OGS/SSHRC Information Session for Graduate Students

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Interested in applying for an SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Presented by: The Office of Graduate Studies

For further details about scholarships and funding please visit:

Accessibility: Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us at so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Remote Access: If you wish to attend this workshop via GoToMeeting please email us and we will circulate the meeting invite link.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend to

Venue & Address: 
Room 420, 4th floor, 205 Richmond Street
416.977.6000 x4637

OCAD University Illustration students in the spotlight

Illustration of a girl wrapped in a scarf called Isolation, by Cornelia Li’s
Illustration by Long Hui Wang’s called Constructing Future Generations
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 7:45pm

The North American illustration industry has recognized OCAD University students with a plethora of awards in recent weeks.

New York’s Society of Illustrators awarded fourth-year student Cornelia Li a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Nancy Cheadle for her piece Isolation. Fourth-year student Long Hui Wang was awarded a $500 scholarship in memory of Helen Wohlberg Lambert and Herman Lambert for his piece Constructing Future Generations, which also won a prized spot in Communication Arts Illustration Annual. In addition to these prestigious scholarships, Cornelia Li, Long Hui Wang and fellow fourth-year student Paige Clark will be exhibiting their pieces at the Museum of American Illustration, opening Friday, May 8.

Meanwhile, an international jury of creative directors at American Illustration chose two pieces by fourth-year student Deshi Deng and one by Miranda Ly to appear on their website, while Creative Quarterly 39 chose as runners-up third-year students Jonathan Godfrey and Koko Lee, and fourth-year students Paige Clark, Justus Buenaflor, Janny Woo and Alejandra Paton. The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) also recognized work by Alejandra Paton and two works by third-year student Sienna Cho, among their Rodeo 7 runners-up. An Awards Gala in Toronto will be announced by CAPIC shortly.

Avery Kua wins First Prize Scholarship from James Lee Foundation

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 5:00am

Third-year Illustration student Avery Kua was awarded the First Prize Scholarship from the James Lee Foundation, an organization established to recognize emerging non-professional creative talent from across Canada looking to enter the advertising industry.

The Foundation was formed by a partnership of advertising agencies, the AAABC, friends and family of James Lee, and has been awarding $5,000 scholarships since 2008. Lee was a copywriter for the award-winning agency DDB Canada. 2008 Illustration alumna Shen Plum was the first recipient of the Foundation scholarship.

Student Marvin Luvualu Antonio featured in AGO exhibition

Photograph by OCAD U student Marvin Luvualu Antonio on display at AGO
Marvin Luvualu Antonio flanked by Aimia AGO scholarship recipients
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

OCAD U Photography student Marvin Luvualu Antonio is one of three recipients of the Aimia | AGO Photography scholarship currently exhibiting at the AGO. Antonio’s work will be on display in the Weston Family Learning Centre Community Gallery through the end of January 2015

Part of the prestigious Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, this inaugural $7,000 scholarship will be applied towards tuition for Antonio's final year of undergraduate studies at OCAD U. He is joined by Kristiane Church from the University of Manitoba and Paige Lindsay of Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.


Photo credit: Art Gallery of Ontario

Bottom photo from left to right:

Sophie Hackett, Associate Curator of Photography, AGO; Alden Hadwen, Director of Community Engagement, AIMIA; Paige Lindsay, Recipient Scholarship, Ryerson University; Marvin Luvualu Antonio, Recipient Scholarship, OCAD University; Kristiane Church, Recipient Scholarship, University of Winnipeg; Kevin O’Brien, Chief Commercial Officer, Aimia ;Judy Koke, Chief, Public Programming and Learning, AGO.


Mariah Unger. Photo by Philip Unger.
Illustration by Mariah Unger.

Graphic design student Mariah Unger achieved her goal of attending OCAD U, but was unable to realize her dream of studying abroad for a semester, as part of th Student Mobility/Exchange Program. She passed away in January, 2012 — just four weeks before she would have turned 20 — as a result of complications from lymphoma, a type of cancer. Now, however, a new scholarship created in her memory by her parents will make it possible for other OCAD U students to fulfill their dreams of studying abroad.

Making dreams happen

Beginning with the 2014 winter semester, Mariah’s Fund will help one graphic design student each year with the costs of studying abroad. Students will be selected based on strong academic standing in liberal arts, creativity, talent and passion.

"The ideal recipient for Mariah’s Fund will be a student who holds the same characteristics as Mariah — someone with the same quiet determination and drive that she had,” says Philip Unger, Mariah’s father, a graphic designer, the founder of Method Branding and an instructor at OCAD U. “When she was going through chemotherapy she was still concerned about handing in her assignments on time. She was really passionate about her studies. She was proud of what I did, but she was her own person and wanted to do this on her terms, on her own.” 

Unger says that receiving acceptance to OCAD U was one of the happiest days of Mariah’s life. “She was literally singing and dancing for days afterwards.” He says she attended classes throughout her treatments as an integral part of her struggle to not let cancer define her.

An outpouring of support

When Unger began raising funds for the scholarship, together with the assistance of Rose Anne McCants, Stacy Kelly and other staff from the OCAD U Development Office, his original goal was to raise $21,000, to commemorate what would have been Mariah’s 21st birthday. Friends, family, people from the OCAD U community, Unger’s professional contacts and others rallied around the Unger family in support, many donating in denominations of 21, and some pledging annual donations. The fund, which to date has raised close to $57,000 — its initial target several times over — is still open for contributions. The more it raises, the more students it will be able to assist. 

In addition to an initial start-up amount, Unger and his family made an initial contribution so that the fund would be able to start assisting students sooner, in the winter, 2014 semester. The latter donation was made in honour of Michael Desjardins, Mariah’s favourite teacher at OCAD U, who is in hospital after a serious bicycle accident a year ago. 

“Mariah’s Fund will be here long after we’re gone,” says Unger. “The fund will be here a hundred years from now, and that’s something we couldn’t have done without the generosity of a lot of people, both from within the OCAD U community, and those from outside OCAD U. I am humbled and amazed by how many people care.”

Learn more

Application details will be available soon on the Scholarships & Awards page

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Brandon Celi wins New York’s Society of Illustrators scholarship

Brandon Celi's scholarship winning work, Cold Storage.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 4:15pm

Fourth-year Illustration student Brandon Celi has been selected to receive the “The Illest of Illustration” $200 scholarship for his work Cold Storage. Celi was shortlisted in February from more than 8700 entries submitted by professors of university students from around the world.

Celi will receive his award during the Society’s awards ceremony on Friday, May 9.