Scholarship for emerging studios
The DBC Jack Rodgers Business Scholarship closes Feb 14 2021

Late 2020 a treasured client, colleague and friend passed away.

Jack Rodgers was the founder and principal designer of Jack Rodgers Design. Born in Ireland, Jack worked in Scotland, Ireland and Belgium before settling in Sydney and finally Melbourne. First a client, and then a friend, we admired Jack’s resilience; the ability to work within the constraints of business, geography and finally cancer.

Design Business Council will celebrate Jack’s life and resilience by offering a 12-month business mentoring scholarship to an emerging studio.

We know one attribute of poor mental health is the feeling of lacking control. Understanding the fundamentals of business is a successful way to regain control – that’s where DBC can help. We can help others build business capabilities and we know that knowledge will build resilience.

The DBC Jack Rodgers mentoring scholarship will be open to design business owners within 2-5 years of start-up.

It includes:

• One year business mentoring, adapted to suit the circumstances 

• Open access to online teaching materials

• Studio visits to a variety of practicing studios via personal introduction

Criteria for eligibility

1.   It is for an individual – submissions should be from a design studio owner

2.  It is for an emerging studio - within 2-5 years of start-up

3.  The studio must be located in Australia

4.  The studio’s core business should be graphic design/visual communication.

How to apply

The recipient of the scholarship will be selected based on alignment with Jack’s characteristics of empathy, generosity of spirit and curiosity. He was a skilled designer, not just because of his instincts, he had a life-long thirst for knowledge.

To apply, please email a brief submission outlining:

Who you are and what you do.

• Three things you think you have accomplished/do well.

• Three things you think you struggle to accomplish well.

• Why you think the scholarship would be of value


Please email applications for the scholarship to [email protected] by Feb 14 2021.