VSCO Announces $100k Scholarship Fund For Creatives

Sticking to their mantra “by creatives, for creatives”, Visual Supply Co. has announced the VSCO Artist Initiative fund: a $100,000 scholarship fund that seeks to “provide artists the resources to pursue their creative vision.”

The fund is starting out at $100K and will be divided up amongst the recipients, of which there are currently eight. Regarding how the fund will be sustained, VSCO explains the process:

Recipients will document their ideation and creation process on VSCO Grid, with the end result sold via the VSCO Store and physical gallery exhibitions. Profits are divided between the artist and a reinvestment in the Initiative, enabling future projects for other artists. In this manner, the creative community can build a growing and sustainable movement built upon principles of integrity and artistry.

The first recipients of the VSCO Artist Initiative fund are Kevin Russ, Lauren Marek, Street Etiquette, Chris Schoonover, Jon Schoonover, Leon Yan, and Niv Patel.


It’s an interesting move by VSCO; one that truly goes to show that they aren’t just out to make money selling presets and iPhone apps. They’re actually striving to push young, talented creatives to explore the boundaries of art and photography — something we can certainly appreciate.

As noted by The Fox Is Black, it’ll be interesting to see if any non-photographers are nominated for the fund, since it’s called the Artist Initiative fund, not just the Photographer Initiative fund.

If you’d like to apply, VSCO has set up an application page here. I suggest you get on your VSCO Grid game though and start showing off your abilities, as it seems that’s where much of the initial draw for the honor is taken from.

(via The Fox Is Black)

  • harumph

    “[I]t’ll be interesting to see if any non-photographers are nominated for the fund…”

    One of the current recipients of the scholarship is a menswear company. If they can argue that a menswear company is an artist, then I’d say the category is wide open. That said, it looks like their “Apply Here” link is either disabled or broken.

  • VSCO

    In reply to whether or not the project has to come from a photographer or be photography based all projects must be documented photographically on VSCO Grid. However, a project does not need to be photography based. Beauty can be found in all forms of creativity, and the Initiative scholarship fund is intended for a variety of artistic expressions: illustration, film, music, painting, photography, craft, design, mixed media, performance art, sculpture, new media, installation, etc.

  • VSCO
  • harumph

    I’m on Firefox. Clicking the link bumps me back to the top of the page. I’ll try again on Chrome when I get home.

  • VSCO

    Thanks for catching that, it is indeed a bug. For now just scroll down to the apply section and we will be sure to fix the auto scroll asap on Firefox. Thanks :)

  • Swade

    So it’s not really a scholarship is it? It sounds more like a grant.

  • Andrew Richardson

    submitted my project idea for a series documenting several texas craft breweries. Something I’ve been planning on for a while but could be done so much better with some of the VSCO grant money.

  • Kevin Madsen

    Great writeup, but it’s Nirav Patel, not Niv.