Our Impact




Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow students from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only to realize their artistic dreams through design education, but also to give back to their communities.

History of the Fund

In 2007, the AIGA DC Board of Directors decided to create a scholarship initiative with the goal of increasing diversity in our profession by helping under-represented future designers go to college. We partnered with our Advisory Board to establish the Continuum Fund, An AIGA DC Endowment for Design Education. By administering the scholarship through the AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship Program, we’ve been able to focus our efforts on raising awareness and building the future endowment.


John Maeda of Automattic speaks on behalf of DCF

John Maeda

Eddie Opara of Pentagram speaks on behalf of DCF


Annual Fundraiser

Louise Fili of Louise Fili, ltd speaks on behalf of DCF


DC Design Week

DCF holds a book sale courtesy of AIGA Fellow Antonio Alcala of Studio A.

Books and Beats Event

Silent Auction Fundraiser

Su Mathews Hale of Lippincott speaks on behalf of DCF



Annual Fundraiser

AIGA DC fellow Pat Taylor hosted

PatTaylor in office


Liz Ott, AIGA DC President

DCF 2012 Fundraiser


Design Continuum Scholarship Fundraiser


Givecontinuum.org Launches

Website launched givecontinuum.org until Jill Spaeth, chapter President

Third Annual Fundraiser

Third Annual Fundraiser with Debbie Millman as keynote

Debbie Millman


DCF Summer Event

  • Honored newly minted AIGA DC fellow David Franek
  • Raised $7,687 raised and at that time had given out $10k in scholarships

DCF Fall Event

Second Annual Fundraiser

Designer Michael Osbourne is the keynote

Michael Osborne


Circle Member Tier was established.

Circle Member Tier was established for those who donate $350 or more

DCF Fundraising Dinner

$15,978 raised at DCF dinner held at the Art Institute of Washington (Culinary students prepared). Founding members of DCF were present.  $5,000 to Tom Suzuki Scholarship

DCF Chair

Carolyn Belefski serves as chair of the Design Continuum Fund

Mira Azarm president of AIGA DC

DCF Button Campaign

Est. 2007

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