Grants and Student resources Inquiry

Hello,

I'm a recent high school graduate who has a passion for both science and art. I want to pursue a career as a scientific illustrator, however my parents find the prospect of putting me through college nearly impossible even though I asked to attend Sheridan since it is considerably cheaper than most other options in North America. They also don't believe me when I say that the job prospects for a scientific illustrator are much better than those of other art majors which makes it increasingly difficult for me to convince them to allow me to attend.

Because of this, I was wondering if the guild knows of any resources for students like me that will help me pay for my career. I read your grants and awards page, but many of those accommodate current college students or graduates.

It would be fantastic if I could get some help or at least a point in the right direction. This career is something I feel really adamant in pursuing and I'd hate to give it up due to monetary problems.

Thank you in advance for your help. 

Had to think about this one for few days...I'm not familiar with the program Michelle mentions at Sheridan. This is my personal opinion only and should not be taken as the only option and answers to her inquiry.

I totally understand her parents, because that's how mine were too when I declared to major in art and french horn performance in college. They talked me out of the french horn bit.

If she wants a big scholarship, I'd say she should look in from the science side and not the art side.  Work with a lab and get a feel for research and how scientific illustration fits in the whole process. Scientific illustration is a cog in the wheel of scientific research and education. Or should I say a cloud of science to be more 21st century? Get some research published so you have a foot in the door of science research community.  Let the advisor know right away that you want to do illustration work to further scientific knowledge. Go to conferences. Meet doctors and scientists you would want to work with. Find out about more scholarships and grants through them.  This sounds weird, but look into a lab that has a lot of money. See what they are doing and why they have so much compared to the other labs.

That's how I would've done it if money/parental concerns are a problem. Everyone's experience is unique and there's no one right path to become a scientific illustrator. It's not like becoming a doctor or a lawyer, but that's what makes it so interesting.

ikumi