CGW is a club for amateurs and professionals who like to make historical, science fiction, or fantasy costumes.

Scholarships

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

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
  • July 1 – Costume College Scholarship Application available online.
  • September 1 – deadline for postmark or email of scholarship application
  • November 1 – All scholarship applicants will be notified of their status by email or telephone
  • November 30 – Scholarship winner list will be posted to the CGW website
  • December – 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.

Essay Scholarships Awarded in 2018

Brenda Asta
Gerdiene Baas Crocker
Sandy Baker
Natalie Benavides
Melissa Boyles (Rickert)
Bailey Fuentes
Paula Hardin
Kami Latorre
Christina Latz
Cynthia Mobley
Kathleen Stanford
Lindsay Tallman
Hildegunn Thorsnes Meyer
Josie Tidwell
Deirdre Volpe


*Winners of the Anonymous Scholarship are awarded a Costume College membership (as above), and either additional hotel nights, event tickets, or travel assistance.

+Winners of the Adam & Karen Lid Scholarship are awarded a Costume College membership (as above) and 1 gala ticket.

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

Los Angeles County Fair CGW judging form

  • 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.
  • If you are not able to deliver or pick up your costume, contact the CGW events coordinator to find out if there is a mail-in option or someone that can deliver your costume for you.
  • See the CGW Events page for further details.

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.)

L.A. County Fair Competition Awarded in 2018

Dayne Da Luise
Lydia Dupont
Kristine Sosa
Diane Yoshitomi
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.

Masquerade Scholarships Awarded in 2019

Carina Langley-Lacy Gallifrey One Masquerade
Alexa Duimstra Costume Con Science Fiction/Fantasy Masquerade
Devon Boyd Costume Con Historical Masquerade
Alyssa Tucker Wondercon
Rebecca Roberts Ryans San Diego Comicon

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

Service Scholarships Awarded in 2018

Alison Lockhart CGW Member of the Year
Sandy Manning Costume College Ops Volunteer
Jeanette Murray Costume College Volunteer
Jennifer Rosbrugh Annual Membership Meeting Raffle
Reed Wilson Costume College Hospitality Volunteer

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.

Memorial Scholarships have been given in the name of a person who was important to our costuming community.