Scholarships

Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. offers scholarships to Costume College!

For anyone who has been awarded a Costume College Scholarship

As Costume College 2021 will not be the price of our in-person event, Costume College Scholarships will not be generally accepted for the virtual Costume College in 2021. If you would like us to make an exception, understanding that you will not be offered a refund or any other value for the difference in pricing, please contact [email protected].

  • If your scholarship was awarded before April of 2018, it expired with Costume College 2019.
  • If your scholarship was awarded between April of 2018 and April of 2019, you will have until 2022 or the next in-person Costume College to use your scholarship.
  • If your scholarship was awarded between May of 2019 and October of 2020, you will have until 2023 or the next two in-person Costume Colleges to use your scholarship.
  • If you have been awarded a scholarship that will be valid in 2022 or 2023, you will receive an email with a new scholarship code by January 31, 2022. If you do not receive that email, please contact [email protected].

Future Costume College Scholarships

The Costume College Scholarship written essay & photos program will open again this summer. Between July 1, 2021 and September 1, 2021, you should be able to apply for a written scholarship online and submit your supporting documentation. Keep an eye on Squeals, social media, and our website for information on how to enter. Entrants will be notified by January 31, 2022 if they have won a scholarship, which will be well before the spring registration date for Costume College 2022.

Awarding of scholarships at conventions, fairs, and other locations will resume in 2022 for scholarship dates beginning in 2023. If you would like to see Costume College Scholarships awarded at your event, please contact [email protected]. (Note that if your event doesn’t have a traditional masquerade or other in-place mechanism for awards, it may be more difficult to add that event to our program.)

Donations

The Costume College Scholarship Program is happy to receive donations for full or partial scholarships! If you would like to have a scholarship in memory of someone, in the name of your business, or to help out a certain group of people (such as people coming from a distance, single working mothers, college students, or people working in the costume industry), please contact [email protected].

There will be a Bargain Basement at the 2021 Virtual Costume College, with proceeds going to the Costume College Scholarship fund. Keep an eye out for updates!

Future information about scholarships will continue to come where you have always heard it: Squeals, from Costume College publications, our social media accounts, and the CGW website.

Essay – for service, hardship, education, or skill

Essay scholarships are awarded by the CGW Scholarship Committee so that the individual may be rewarded for their service to the organization; OR be assisted due to hardship; OR be exposed to resources, gain experience and be encouraged in their costuming life. Scholarships may be awarded based on a combination of of these criteria or on a single one (so you don’t need to have financial hardship to win a scholarship, but you could win one based on that). You do not need to be a U.S. resident to apply for a Costume College Scholarship.

  • Read the CGW - Scholarship Committee Procedure (Available Soon)
  • July 1 – Costume College Scholarship Application available online.
  • September 1 – Deadline to submit scholarship application
  • January 31 – All scholarship applicants will be notified of their status by email or telephone
  • February 28  – Scholarship winner list will be posted to the CGW website
  • March – Scholarship winners will be published in Squeals

Currently, Essay Scholarship winners are awarded a Costumer’s Guild West one-year membership (online only), Costume College tuition, and one hotel night for use at either Costume College the following year or the year after that. (If the Costume College Scholarship is not used within two Costume Colleges following the award, the membership is returned to the Scholarship Fund.)

The number of Essay Scholarship Awards vary from year-to-year.

Outreach – skill-based scholarships

CGW participates in certain events to raise awareness of CGW in the community, as well as to assist costumers or organizations that involve costuming.

General Rules for Los Angeles County Fair

CGW LA County Fair Competition Rules  (from 2019)

Los Angeles County Fair CGW judging form  (from 2019)

  • You do not have to reside in Los Angeles County
  • Entries are $2 each
  • You may enter as many costumes as you would like
  • All costumes must have been completed after July of the previous year- this does not limit the start date of the costume
  • Categories are Historical Interpretation or Reproduction AND Theatrical/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Anime/Video Game.
  • Up to 4 scholarships are awarded.
  • Costumes must be delivered to the fair on the L.A. County Fair’s schedule. They are usually kept from mid-July to early October.

Currently, LACF Scholarship winners are awarded a Costumer’s Guild West one-year membership (online only), Costume College tuition, and one hotel night for use at either Costume College the following year or the year after that. (If the Costume College Scholarship is not used within two Costume Colleges following the award, the membership is returned to the Scholarship Fund.)

General masquerade rules for conventions:

  • You must be a member of the convention to enter the masquerade
  • Masquerades are generally on Friday or Saturday nights
  • You may usually enter as many costumes as you can find persons to wear them
  • There are usually two competitions: presentation and workmanship. Costume College scholarships are awarded for workmanship
  • There is usually one Costume College scholarship offered per masquerade
  • Judges may elect not to award a scholarship, at their discretion

CGW Judges for masquerades are instructed to look for the person who could benefit most from a scholarship to Costume College. This usually means someone who is showing promise in their costume, but they’re not quite there. We don’t necessarily award to the very best costume we see. The judges will try to speak to each contestant to find out whether a contestant would be able to attend Costume College, and to determine if Costume College would be of benefit to them in their costuming journey and/or if the contestant would be interested in teaching at Costume College after they have had the opportunity to attend one of our events.

Currently, Masquerade Scholarship winners are awarded a Costumer’s Guild West one-year membership (online only), Costume College tuition, and one hotel night for use at either Costume College the following year or the year after that. (If the Costume College Scholarship is not used within two Costume Colleges following the award, the membership is returned to the Scholarship Fund.)

Conventions where Costume College Scholarships *may* be awarded

Gallifrey One – Los Angeles

Wondercon  – Los Angeles

Costume Con (travels)

Comic-Con International: San Diego

Note that the conventions listed above have Masquerades where Costume College would like to award a scholarship. If you are a CGW member attending one of these conventions or you are involved with the running of the masquerade at one of these events, please contact the scholarship committee.

Service – for working volunteers

These Scholarships are granted in recognition of all the time and work donated to the Guild and/or College during the year to help create the events or guide the group as a whole. They are awarded at Costume College

  • Member of the Year
  • Volunteer Raffle

The Service Scholarship winner is usually awarded a Costume College Scholarship

 

Procedures for Scholarship Winners

Scholarship winners may take their award in either the year named or the following year. In your award letter, you will be given a registration code. Winners are responsible for using this code to register on the Costume College registration webpage. Once you have used this code, you are subject to all rules of other registered students. Costume College Scholarships have no cash value, so you will not be eligible for a refund. If your award includes a hotel room (as stated in your award letter), you are responsible for making a reservation with the hotel and forwarding that registration number to our hotel liaison. You may wish to share a room with another scholarship winner to combine your hotel night awards.

Funding

Scholarships are paid for through Donations, Raffle tickets, Early Bird Marketplace Tickets, Bargain Basement sales and the CGW General Fund. Special Scholarships are sometimes completely funded by a single donation, and they are sometimes given from the general fund.