One opportunity can change everything.

Animation Portfolio Workshop has partnered with the Black Business Professional Association of Canada, APW Associate Director /illustrator / visual artist / Joshua Miller and the Honourable Justice Kofi N. Barnes to offer the APW African Canadian Youth Scholarship. The African Canadian Youth Scholarship is granted annually to one student who best meets the specific financial and artistic eligibility criteria for this opportunity.

Awarded annually, the APW-ACYS provides a unique study opportunity for Black youth seeking excellence in the field of animation/illustration arts.

The Scholarship consists of full tuition for one session of the Animation Portfolio Workshop, a private online mentoring opportunity with APW Associate Director Joshua Miller, and all art materials required to complete the APW Session provided free of charge to the scholarship recipient.



African/Canadian Scholarship 1


One-on-one personal mentoring sessions with Joshua Miller over the duration of the APW Session.



The Scholarship covers the full tuition for the 2022/2023 APW Session.

Art Supplies

Art Supplies

Art supplies for the scholarship recipient are generously provided by the Honourable Justice Kofi N. Barnes


“The projects that I end up doing, that I want to be involved with in any way, have always been projects that will be impactful, for the most part, to my people – to black people”

Chadwick Boseman

African/Canadian Scholarship 2
Our 2021 recipient of the APW African/Canadian Youth Scholarship is the very happy young aspiring animator Marthe Bakana 🙂



Who Can Apply?

To be considered as a candidate for the APW African Canadian Youth Scholarship, eligible applicants must:

      • Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
      • Be of African Canadian descent
      • Be 16 – 19 years of age
      • Demonstrates financial need.
      • Want to make a portfolio to enter an animation or illustration program
      • Submit a one page written component describing their artistic aspirations
      • Submit 5 minimum, 10 maximum pieces of their best original art pieces in any medium. ( sketches, illustrations, paintings, sculptures, concept work, are all acceptable)

The APW / ACYS covers the full tuition of the 2021/2022 Online Session II of the Animation Portfolio Workshop.

Joshua Miller will also provide a private mentoring component (online) for the scholarship recipient, consisting of one session per month for the duration of the Online Session II classes.

Justice Kofi Barnes has supplied the funding for the purchase of all art materials required by the successful candidate for participation in Online Session II classes of APW.

Full tuition fee for regular 38-week online session is $4,950.00 CDN. The Scholarship is not transferable to another year and can only be used for the Online Session II course that falls within the same calendar year in which the scholarship recipient has been nominated.

Application Process
  • Complete phase 1 of the application process by filling out and submitting the Financial Needs Assessment Form on the Black Business Professional Association (BBPA) website by the deadline of August 13, 2021.
  • Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria in phase 1 of the application process will be contacted and directed to participate in phase 2 of the application process. In phase 2 of the application process you will be required to:
    • Submit a one-page written component describing your artistic aspirations
    • Submit 5 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) pieces of original art in any medium.
  • Submit all application material by the scholarship application deadlines to be considered (See Application Deadline section)
Who Is Josh Miller

Joshua Miller, from Toronto Canada, is an Associate Director of the Animation Portfolio Workshop. A graduate of APW (2011) and of Seneca Animation (2016), Joshua’s rich experience as a visual artist centres on drawing and includes illustration, character design, storyboarding, as well as extensive study of the human figure.  As an instructor, Joshua continues to inspire APW students by teaching Life Drawing and Drawing for Animation in several session of APW each year as well as animation portfolio assembly critiques and individual mentorship.  Joshua is responsible for the instructor and T.A. training component for APW.

Joshua will provide one-on-one mentorship sessions for the recipient of the ACYS for the duration of the APW Session 2 program.

Scholarship Background

Thanks to the work of movements like Black Lives Matters and the recent efforts of various civil rights activists like Desmond Cole, Dr. Cornel West, Shaun King and Stacey Abrams, to heighten awareness of the systemic discrimination faced by Black people in their day to day lives, the APW team felt a strong desire to create an opportunity that would help to foster the careers of young African Canadians wishing to establish themselves in the field of Animation / Illustration arts.

Who are the Partners ?
Check out our Scholarship Partners Click here
Application Deadlines

August 13 – Phase one application submission deadline to BBPA to qualify for the APW- ACYS

August 30 – Phase two application submission of artwork deadline

September 3 – APW-ACYS recipient announced

Illustrations by Joshua Miller from his book “Profiles”

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