• Competitive scholarships and project funding opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year are described below. Parsons students should contact for more information. 

    John L. Tishman Scholarship

    Eligibility: Open to students from all colleges of The New School

    Application Deadline: November 10

    The Tishman family generously funds scholarships for students at Parsons and other schools of the university who show interest in, and a commitment to, sustainable development, design, and construction. Every fall semester, approximately $25,000 is awarded to the top applicants.

    Student awards are made on the basis of the following considerations:

    • Academic standing
    • Demonstrable focus on sustainability issues
    • Demonstrable civic engagement/social justice work relating to sustainability
    • Involvement in projects that support sustainability in the infrastructure and ecology of the greater New York City area
    • Financial need

    To apply, click here. The application requires 1) a résumé that details work related to furthering sustainable design; 2) a cover letter that addresses past participation in sustainable practices, work, or projects and/or future projects or initiatives with a mission connected to sustainability; 3) and a letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty or community member who can speak to your commitment to and efforts for sustainability.

    If you have any questions, please contact

    Michael Kalil Endowment Grants

    Eligibility: Open to full-time students in good standing in all colleges of the university

    Application Deadline: March 23

    The Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design was established at the School of Constructed Environments (SCE) in memory of designer Michael Kalil. The mission of the endowment is to promote understanding of the design intersections between nature and technology and to foster a heightened sense of responsibility for increasing the sustainability of all design fields. Each year, the Kalil Endowment awards three $5,000 Memorial Grants to support the projects of undergraduate or graduate students or a team of students working in collaboration across The New School. Projects might include travel; attendance or participation in workshops, conferences, and meetings; participation in design competitions; pursuit of an independent course of study; and/or scholarly research and publication.

    For more information and application materials, visit Questions can be directed to

    William Randolph Hearst Scholarship

    Eligibility: Open to Parsons juniors and seniors and graduate students

    Application Deadline: March 27

    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. 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.

    The William Randolph Hearst Scholarship application is available here.

    For more information, email