annual scholarship 2018

Annual CGTrader Scholarship

What is the Annual CGTrader Scholarship?

CGTrader is the largest 3D model marketplace backed by the strong designer community of more than 1.2M members. CGTrader was founded with the goal to ensure fair marketplace conditions for 3D designers.

Every year CGTrader challenges students to dig into the field of technology by writing an essay on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives.

Enter the CGTrader Scholarship 2018 challenge to win $3,000 for your education expenses. The best submission will be awarded $2,000 while the two runners-up will receive $500 each.

How to enter?

Write and submit an original essay on the topic “Our life on a spaceship: the future of mankind”.

Technology has drastically changed the way we see our future. Major space technology companies have varying ideas of how humanity will explore Space. We are facing a future where thousands and, eventually, millions of humans might live in spaceships, whether in orbit around the Earth, in transit to other planets or in space stations without ever landing on solid ground in their lifetimes. This future is exciting the imagination of everyone in Academia: from anthropologists, to physicists, biologists, designers, and engineers. Many experiments are conducted globally to find out how we could adapt to this future. Still, there are a lot of things left for the imagination.

We want to encourage students to think about how life will change when people are confined to weightlessness in limited spaces. What devices will they use? How will their minds and languages change when notions taken for granted like ‘up’ and ‘down’ or ‘day’ and ‘night’ no longer make intuitive sense? How will their environment look, feel, and operate? Will social structures revert to those of our ancestors when people start living in smaller groups, again?

  • Write an essay on “Our life on a spaceship: the future of mankind”
  • Essay length is 500-1000 words
  • Submit your essay via online form
  • Submission deadline - December 14, 2018
  • The winners will be announced January 4, 2019, on the CGTrader blog and notified directly via email provided upon the registration
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • High school senior, undergraduate or graduate student
  • Enrolled full-time in an academic institution Jan 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Information about the company

CGTrader is the largest 3D model platform for computer graphics, virtual/augmented reality and gaming, backed by a strong professional designer community. CGTrader gives talented 3D designers the opportunity to showcase their work, get valuable feedback from the community, learn from their peers and interact in a designer-friendly environment.

Past winners
Allison Smith
Student at Medical Lake High School. She has been awarded $2000 for the best submission on the topic “Using games for social good and playful learning”.
Gregory Welsh
Communication student at Villanova University, US. The 2nd place winner for the “Using games for social good and playful learning” Scholarship.
Brianna Bejune
Student at Yucaipa High School, US. The 3rd place winner for the “Using games for social good and playful learning” Scholarship.
Catherine Vigil
“Biology, Systems Theory” student at Harvard University, US. She has been awarded $2000 for the best submission on the topic “The future of technology in education”.
Teo Jun Yean
Public Policy and Global Affairs student at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The 2nd place winner for the “The future of technology in education” scholarship.
Andrew Zhou
Computer Science student at University of Michigan, US. The 3rd place winner for the “The future of technology in education” scholarship.
Elizabeth Henning
A Computer Science student at University of Virginia, US. She has been awarded the main prize for her essay “The Future of Virtual Reality: On the Footsteps of Changing the World or on the Brink of Failure?”

The deadline for this scholarship has passed.

The annual scholarship winners have been announced! Check our blog here to find out which essay was the best.

Terms & Conditions

Applicant Eligibility

Applicant must be enrolled full-time in a senior year of high school, undergraduate or graduate-level degree program at an accredited academic institution and should be able to present proof of status at the request of CGTrader.

The student should have at least a 2.5 GPA in the last study period and be able to provide proof of their academic achievements upon the request by the organizer.

CGTrader employees and associates, as well as their family members, employees of CGTrader subsidiaries and investor companies, advertising and promotion agencies involved in the project are not eligible for participation.

Description of Funds

The total scholarship fund is $3,000 and three entries are awarded. A single $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the author of the best submission, while the two runner ups will be awarded $500 each. Funds are provided by Payments are issued by CGTrader. Scholarship is payable via Direct Deposit, via PayPal to the accredited university or directly to the winner as designated by the applicant after the application deadline (December 14, 2018, 12AM GMT). Any taxes applicable to the prize are paid by the recipient.

CGTrader, Ltd. annually awards $3,000 to students for participating in the CGTrader Annual Scholarship competition. Each year a different technology-related question is raised to encourage students interest in innovations. The details of the next semester scholarship will be announced on this page shortly after the closing date of the current competition.

Winner Selection and Announcements

Winners of the scholarship will be selected by CGTrader representatives. The review process will begin immediately following the application deadline. Applicants will be judged on the originality, thoughtfulness, clarity and insight presented in the essay.

Winners will be announced by January 10, 2019.

Essays must be solely the work of the entrant. Late applications and plagiarized essays will be automatically disqualified. CGTrader keeps the right to post the best submissions on the site of the company with authorship credits to the author.

Responsibilities of Scholarship Recipients

It is the recipient's responsibility to verify receipt of funds with their designated institution and notify CGTrader, Inc. should the award payment be not received on or approximately 30 days from the issue date.

Additional Information

Email with additional questions, comments and inquiries about the CGTrader Annual Scholarship.

CGTrader, Ltd. reserves the right to revise these Terms and Conditions without prior notice to uphold the quality and integrity of this content for the interests of our participants.