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“Canada is a multicultural society, and this character is reflected in business, education, and various human endeavours and interactions. The stories from each community need to be told by those with better familiarity with their indigenous roots. We in the design community need to do our part and enable our aspiring visual storytellers to tell their stories and reverse the effects of unintended marginalisation.”

— ‘Segun Olude CGD, designer and art director'

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Manitoba Studio Fund is Open for Submissions in 2023


We are very excited to launch our third annual scholarship for BIPOC design students in Manitoba. For more information about the scholarship, please visit our About and Apply pages. The application form is now open, and submissions must be submitted by May 1, 2023. If you have any questions, please email

2022 Manitoba Studio Fund Scholarship Recipients Announced


With DesCan Foundation, it is an honour to announce that two scholarships have been awarded to design students in Manitoba. They are Songkyung Kang (RRC Polytechnic) and Kyungdeok Park (University of Manitoba). Each will receive $2,000 to support their schooling in recognition of their design excellence and dedication to the practice. Congratulations to both of you – and thank you to all of those who submitted applications in 2022!

Manitoba Studio Fund Scholarship is Back for 2022


We are delighted to announce that the Manitoba Studio Fund is now open for BIPOC students in the province. Please apply by May 1, 2022.

2021 Manitoba Studio Fund Scholarship Recipients Announced


Together with the DesCan (formerly GDC) Foundation, we are proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural 2021 Manitoba Studio Fund Scholarship Awards. They are Brick Adams (Red River College) and Jenna Li (University of Manitoba). Each received awards of $2,000 for their studies. Runners up were Feable Medina (Red River College) and Joshua Wesey (University of Manitoba), who received $500 each. Congratulations to all of the recipients and thank you to everyone who submitted their applications and portfolios!

Manitoba Studio Fund Scholarship Open for Submissions


This brand new scholarship is available to BIPOC graphic design, UX/UI, and digital media design students who are residents of Manitoba and are attending either the University of Manitoba or Red River College. The fund’s objective is to champion designers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in the province and to ensure that these designers have multiple seats at the table. Students will receive inaugural scholarship funding in September 2021.

New Scholarship for BIPOC Students Aims to Increase Diversity in Design Sector


Seven design firms in Manitoba have come together with DesCan (formerly GDC) Foundation to provide financial and industry support to those who have been historically marginalized and left out of the conversation of design. Today, a new scholarship called the Manitoba Studio Fund, created by and for designers, is launched to assist students from traditionally racialized and disenfranchised communities in the province.