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Scholarships

Competitive scholarships and project funding opportunities for the 2014–2015 academic year are described below. Parsons students should contact Student Affairs for more information and application assistance.

New Challenge 2014

Eligibility: open to full-time and part-time degree-seeking students in good standing in any division of The New School

Letter of Intention Deadline: past

Application Deadline: February 7, 2014

New Challenge is an annual university-wide competition. Students are invited to submit their ideas for innovative projects aimed at promoting the social good. Ideas can be at any stage of development. More than one winner may be chosen. Winners receive cash awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000, faculty mentorship, and workshops that help them turn their ideas into real projects.

For more information about the New Challenge competition, including details of the application process, guidelines, and past project winners, visit newchallenge.newschool.edu or contact newchallenge@newschool.edu.

John L. Tishman Scholarship

Eligibility: open to full-time students in good standing in all divisions of the university

Application Deadline: November 1 every year

The Tishman family generously funds scholarships for students at Parsons and other divisions of the university who show interest in and a commitment to sustainable development, design, and construction. Up to $40,000 is available every year; individual awards range from $2,500 to $10,000 and are based on the following criteria:

  • Student's academic standing
  • Demonstrated focus on sustainability issues
  • Demonstrated civic engagement
  • Proposed and/or current projects that exemplify the union of theory and practice and support sustainability in the infrastructure and ecology of the greater New York City area
  • Financial need

Apply online. The application requires a résumé, cover letter, and letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty.

If you have questions, email ParsonsScholarships@newschool.edu.

Michael Kalil Fellowship Project Grants

Eligibility: open to all Parsons undergraduate and graduate students

Application Deadline: February 15

The mission of the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design is twofold: 1) to foster understanding of the design intersections of nature and technology; 2) to raise a sense of responsibility among designers for the sustainability of built environments. Every year the endowment awards three Memorial Fellowship Project Grants and sponsors a visit and lecture by an annual Kalil Fellow. Grants are awarded to finance a project or course of study that will support the mission described above. Funds are typically used to pay for travel and fees for participation in workshops, conferences, and meetings; for design competition projects; and for pursuit of an independent course of study and/or scholarly research and publication.

Three $5,000 Fellowship Project Grants are given annually, two of which are awarded to students:

  • The Student Grant supports an individual project of a Parsons undergraduate or graduate student.
  • The Collaborative Team Grant supports a group project of two or more students from any of the five schools at Parsons: the School of Art and Design History and Theory; the School of Art, Media, and Technology; the School of Fashion; the School of Constructed Environments; and the School of Design Strategies.

For more information and application materials, visit sce.parsons.edu/labs/michael-kalil. Questions can be directed to kalil@newschool.edu.

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship

Eligibility: open to Parsons juniors and seniors and graduate students

Application Deadline: April 4, 2014

The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 to support and promote partnerships between Parsons and local and global nonprofit groups.

Every year, Parsons awards scholarships of at least $2,000 each to as many as six students who are engaged in socially responsible art or design projects. Students are nominated by the dean of their school for consideration by the scholarship committee. The committee reviews all applications and announces winners in May.

Awards are based on the nature and quality of the individual nominee's project and on financial need. The committee gives preference to proposals that address issues related to urban and global sustainability, diversity, and social and personal agency through art and design practice.

Download the application for submission details. 

For more information, email ParsonsScholarships@newschool.edu.

Green Fund

Eligibility: open to students in good standing in all divisions of university

Application Deadline: The call for proposals opens March 17 and ends May 1.

In 2010, The New School established the Green Fund as part of an initiative to increase community involvement in the sustainability efforts of the university and promote research on environmental issues. Since then, 47 student and faculty projects have received funding.

There are two types of awards:

  • Project Awards: Capital and execution costs are available for projects designed to demonstrate reductions in the university's greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and waste generation or improved indoor air quality and to raise the level of eco-literacy and community engagement with sustainability issues. Awards are to be used for materials and/or consultant fees. The maximum award is $10,000 per project.
  • Faculty Seed Grants: Individual faculty members are eligible for funding to finance student research that could significantly benefit the university's sustainability efforts and/or raise the university's sustainability profile, that provides students with strong new learning opportunities, and that demonstrates potential for further research and external grant opportunities. The maximum award is $5,000 per seed grant. 

For more information, including judging criteria, details of the selection process, the application timeline, and examples of past funded projects, visit The Green Fund. Questions can be directed to greenfund@newschool.edu.


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