• Parsons Scholars Program

  • The Parsons Scholars Program (PSP) offers a space in which youth from New York City public schools explore art and design and its potential for self-discovery, social justice, and educational and career paths. Parsons Scholars receive a three-year pre-college scholarship that covers the cost of studio coursework in the Parsons Academy school year and Summer Intensive Studies programs, six transferable college credits, art supplies, transportation to all programming, meals, field trips, guest speaker visits, SAT prep, and college admissions and financial aid guidance. All PSP programming centers the identities of people of color from low-income backgrounds and builds on the rich legacy of people of color in the arts. Parsons Scholars are an integral part of a community of staff, faculty, youth advocates, and undergraduate mentors who share examples of their exciting creative practices. The Parsons Scholars Program experience positions students to build a strong foundation of art and design for future studies at Parsons and elsewhere, creative careers, critical thinking, social change, and community building. This unique structure is a leading national model for college and career access and racial justice in art and design across communities of educators, artists, designers, and higher-education institutions. 

    See scholars.parsons.edu for more information and eligibility guidelines.  

    To see the Parsons Scholars in action, visit the Parsons Scholars blog

    Applications open every Fall for 10th graders. 

  • Please contact us at 212.229.8933 x4465 or [email protected].

    The Parsons Scholars program is made possible by endowments established by Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence, The Haus of Gaga Fund for the Parsons Scholars, Sara Little Turnbull Foundation, The Kay Unger Family Foundation, Kaelen Haworth, and STAPLE Design. Additional support is provided by The New York Community Trust, Theodore Luce Charitable Trust, LF USA, The Pinkerton Foundation, Phyllis B. Kriegel, Jessica Weber, Maggie and Robert Boroujerdi, Jennifer Andrus Burroughs, The Chan Family Foundation, Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, The Robert and Alison Davis Family Foundation, Bloomingdale’s, William and Jane Corbellini, Beth Rudin DeWoody, The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation, Harvey and Audrey Feuerstein, Cynthia Friedman, the GC Scholarship Foundation, A. Mark Gibbel, Henry and Barbara Gooss, Victoria Hagan, OXO, Lela Rose, LuAnn Via, and other generous donors.

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    Continuing and Professional Education
    66 West 12th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Tel: 212.229.8933
    [email protected]

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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

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To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


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