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The Pipeline Fund Scholarship For Black Creatives

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Advertising is a business where companies look to connect with people...all people! Yet, inclusion and diversity are profoundly lacking. Only 2% of the advertising and design creative departments identify as Black.

We need more Black people in creative departments, not just in commercials. We need more Black writers, designers, art directors, digital designers, strategists, creative directors, and most importantly, more senior Black creatives in management and leadership positions. 

So, we started The Pipeline Fund to offer financial support for Black creatives who'd like to enter the advertising and design industry by attending Chicago Portfolio School. And thanks to generous donations from individuals and agencies across the country, we've been able to offer scholarships to two amazing designers, Marlon Williams, who joined us in October 2021, and Jakeel Johnson, who joined us in July 2021. 

This #GivingTuesday [November 30th] we're hoping to raise enough money to offer scholarships to 5 more students. Full tuition for one year is $19,260.

Why is going to a portfolio school even necessary? Because that's where advertising agencies and design firms go to find junior-level talent. This isn't a "foot-in-the-door" business! Regardless of color, everyone needs a portfolio that demonstrates their talent and ability. 

Portfolio school is how Pipeline Fund Steering Committee volunteers, Hope Lee in LA, Devyn Taylor in Miami, Jason LaFlore in Chicago, Angela Williams in NYC, and Candace Carson in San Francisco, got their first jobs. 

And, with your help, a portfolio of samples showcasing their ability is how soon-to-be Pipeline Fund grads will get their first job!

Chicago Portfolio School is the leading one-year portfolio program in the U.S., established in 2005, with thousands of graduates working in junior and senior creative roles all over the country. More than 90% of Chicago Portfolio grads get creative jobs in their chosen field.

The Pipeline Fund is accepting donations for 2022. Please pass word of this opportunity to everyone in the community who you think would like to pursue a career in creative advertising, design, strategy or sports management. They can apply for the program and for financial aid here .

Help us make an investment in the future of Black advertising and design creatives, as well as an investment in the future of the creative marketing industry. 




  • Leigh Browne
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Brandan Jenkins
    • $30 
    • 3 yrs
  • Kimberly Michaelson-Epstein
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Elaine Kalvelage
    • $25 
    • 3 yrs
  • Kelly Roe
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs


Chicago Portfolio School
Chicago, IL

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