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Re-opens in early Fall of 2020!


The Parsons Scholars Program is a three-year college access and preparation program in art and design for NYC public high school students.  During their sophomore through senior year in high school, students from a wide range of high schools dedicate their Saturdays and summers to studying art and design at the college level, exploring a range of art and design careers and acquiring the tools and knowledge necessary to gain admittance to and achieve success at competitive art and design college programs.

This 2.5 year curriculum includes a range of classes in the Parsons Pre-College Academy as well as in the Summer Intensive Studies program, complemented by weekly activities and field trips that expose the Parsons Scholars to the wide range of college and career opportunities within the arts.  In addition to faculty and staff, the Scholars are supported by a dedicated team of Undergraduate Mentors– many of whom are Parsons Scholars alumni or have an interest in education and community engagement– who share insight on their own transitions into college.

The Parsons Scholars Program is a need-based scholarship, which includes all costs associated with the 2.5 years of the pre-college program.  Applications are accepted from 10th graders every October and students are notified by January.

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What Does the Scholarship Cover?

  • Tuition for Parsons Pre-College courses
  • Art supplies for courses taken
  • Metrocards for all programming
  • Meals during programming 
  • Guidance through the college application process
  • Support from college mentors and advisors
  • 6 college credits upon completion
  • SAT prep

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