The 2020 Application Cycle Is Now Open

Application Links

Attending an Info Session on zoom is Mandatory for all Applicants. Zoom links will be emailed only to applicants who RSVP. The info session will take place on Friday, September 25 from 4-5:30PM

The Parsons Scholars Program is a free 2 1/2 year program for NYC public school students from low-income backgrounds who are interested in art and design. Accepted students participate from 10th through 12th grade.

Parsons Scholars apply their strong interest in art and design to creative careers, critical thinking, social change, community building, and future studies at Parsons and other colleges. This unique framework is a leading national model for college and career access and racial equity in art and design.

All costs associated with the program are covered by a pre-college scholarship.  Applications are accepted from 10th graders every October and students are notified by January.

Check the quick links to the left or the "How to apply" section below. To receive a recording of our 2020 info session please RSVP here.

How to Apply

  • Attend the required info session on Friday, September 25, 4-5:30 on Zoom -OR- RSVP Here to receive a recording of the info session.
  • Download the 2020 info booklet to prepare your documents for the application. 
  • Submit the Online Application by Friday, October 16th 20120 at 10:00pm. Includes contact information, activities/interest, household income, and a portfolio of 5 images. Applications can't be saved and must be completed in one sitting.
  • Request that one recommender complete the recommender survey form by Friday, October 16th 20120 at 10:00pm.
  • Request a high school transcript and email it to by Friday, October 16th 20120 at 10:00pm.

What Does the Scholarship Cover?

  • Tuition for 7 Parsons Pre-College courses
  • Art supplies 
  • College guidance
  • 6 college credits upon completion
  • SAT prep
  • Support from college mentors and advisors
  • Metrocards for all programming
  • Meals during programming 

***The fall 2020 semester is 100% online. Spring 2021 plans will be announced by December

What is expected of Parsons Scholars?

  • Full and on-time attendance to programming on Saturdays during the School year and weekdays during a portion of the Summer. 
  • Active participation in ALL classes, workshops, field trips and events
  • Timely completion of all in and out of class assignments
  • Monthly meetings with advisor

Who is Eligible? 


Students who:

  • are 10th graders from NYC public schools
  • demonstrate financial need (Determined by NY HEOP guidelines. See page 4)
  • possess a strong commitment to art and design studies 
  • have a strong interest in studying art and design in college
  • have limited access to art and design opportunities and guidance through the college application process 
  • are from any immigration status, including undocumented students 
  • have a C average or higher