Parsons Scholars Blog

Parsons Scholars Reunion

On December 19th, 2011, the Scholars family gathered for our annual reunion. There was dancing, singing, healthy competition and fun had by all. Definitely our highlight of the year, we’re already looking forward to gathering current and past Scholars next year!

Senior Project Workshop with Shola!

On Saturday, February 11 Scholars met with Shola for the first time to start working on the PSA for the Beyond Bullets Campaign. They talked about what a PSA is and looked at some examples, discussing why some were successful and other unsuccessful. They also started generating some ideas for…

SAT Prep

On Saturday, January 28th, the Junior Scholars participated in their first SAT Prep course. It was a long day of testing but the scholars pushed through it excited about what the spring has in store for all of them. Lots of focus is needed this semester, the group will not…

Welcome, Sophomores!

On Saturday Januray 28th, our new class of Scholars joined us for the first time during a Parsons Scholars Program orientation. After receiving more information about the program, the Scholars all participated in a 60-second self-portrait drawing game where they split up into two teams and tried to identify who…

Parsons Scholars Dinner 2011

THE REMATCH!!! Photos by: Melissa Mendez, Parsons Scholar Alumna ‘06. Once again Scholars from different generations had the opportunity to get together and share with one another. This was a night where everybody had the chance to dance, play, meet other people and, of course, eat.

Free Arts NYC and A-List

Free Arts NYC is an organization that provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential. They visited us to offer volunteering places for our junior scholars to start…

iMovie and After Effects workshop

Junior Scholars were learning some iMovie and After Effects skills in order to edit their Halloween Horror Movies.  We hope these skills contribute to each scholar abilities and to future projects.

Word Scramble Champs!

One of our wonderful Mentors, Deja Holden, took the college process to the next level when she created a word scramble to test the Junior Scholars knowledge on topics covered these past few months. As Juniors the scholars are exposed to the college application process early – so that they’ll…

Information Session: National Portfolio Day!

On Saturday, November 5th the Junior Scholars had their eyes opened to a larger perspective of things – critics. To be more exact, National Portfolio Day. Scholars immediately compared this to the College Fair, but they were soon brought to light by Morgan Ersey (of Parsons Admissions) to the key…

Italian Vogue!

This month, Vogue Italia featured the glasses design of Parsons Scholar alum Thi Wan (and current Parsons junior). Keep up the good work, Thi– we’re proud of you! Scholars + Alumni, remember to keep us posted on your accomplishments!

Portfolio Day Prep

Parsons mentors and coordinators helped junior scholars to select their best art pieces, took pictures of them and advised the scholars about how important is to attend to the National Portfolio Day.

National Portfolio Day

On Sunday, November 13th, the scholars attended the annual National Portfolio Day. The top art and design schools were in attendance along with their prospective students. The art schools that the scholars really wanted to see included Pratt, SUNY Purchase, FIT, SVA, and of course, Parsons. The students were able…

Young Artist: Bryan Urea

Scholar Bryan Urea recently had an amazing experience. He opened Paper Magazine the other day and saw his work in the magazine! The young artist has an entire spread featuring himself and his work. Congratulations Bryan!! Please see his images below and in the magazine. From Parsons Scholars

Horror Films!

Halloween is finally here – a holiday of spooks and frights, however, this day came early for our junior scholars. On the twenty-ninth of October the scholars gathered ’round in room 201 for a small introduction on how to use their fancy HD Video Cameras. After the introduction the scholars…

Crossword Puzzle Madness.

The junior scholars gather in the morning to break bread with one another and also partake in Crossword Puzzle Madness!Photographed below are some of our winners! The juniors are taking their college knowledge to the next level by participating in these word games to up their college vocab and knowledge…

Big Apple College Fair

On Saturday October 22nd, the scholars attended the Big Apple College Fair. At the fair, the scholars were able to visit a variety of colleges and gain an idea of where they want to study. While following some of the scholars around, I could tell that they really learned a…

Saturday October 15th

Scholars researching Colleges Mentors helping Scholars find information about Colleges. On Saturday the 15th of October, the Scholars continued their research of finding out College and University Facts on CollegeBoard and websites like it. They researched school stats about Eugene Lang College, Parsons and a University or College of their…

Portfolio Redefined

Saturday was a very educational day for high school students from all over the city. They had the chance to learn about Parsons Admission, the Parsons Challenge and how to organized their portfolio for college. Students were able to brainstorm ideas for their Parsons Challenge and to get feedback on…

It all begins now!

Its the second week here at Parsons. The Juniors are learning and preparing for College with the help of crossword puzzles and a presentation by Nadia Williams. The Juniors were introduced to their new best friend, College Board. They were able to start their first search based on their general…

Saturdays!!!

Our scholars are back! Getting together again for their classes on Saturday and working hard as always, but enjoying it as well. Besides enjoying their classes the students met once again at 2W 13th Street’s 4th floor (Common Room) and gobbled their traditional Saturday pizza. Gobbling and catching up with…

Summer Jam!

Had a great time with the now Junior Scholars today. A photographer came out and took head shots for these amazing artists and gave them pointers on how to improve the look of their pieces for their portfolios. What a great day! We ate a little, we danced a little,…

2011 Parsons Scholars Graduation

2011 Parsons Scholars Graduation Congratulations to all the scholars for 2011. Y’all did great and it was a great night to see everybody gathered up together and commemorate all your wonderful achievements. From the wonderful talk from guest speaker Jeff Ng of Staple Design, to the speeches from the great…

Storm King field trip!

At the end of the Spring semester, the entire Parsons Scholars program took a day trip upstate to the breathtaking Storm King Art Center. Although the May sky threatened us with a Spring shower, it held out for a great day of exploring this impressive collection of large-scale sculptures in…

Parsons Scholars in Paris!

This just in: a recent snapshot of the lovely group of Parsons Scholars & Alumni who received a full scholarship to attend the Parsons Summer Intensive program in Paris. From left to right: Thi Wan (college junior), Elizabeth Peralta (h.s. senior), Sasha Smith (college freshman), JinMei Liu (college graduate, class…

Parsons Scholars Visit Tracy Reese!

Scholars Visited Tracy Reese in her studio and got a tour of all that goes into running a fashion business.

Parsons Festival this Saturday: Join Us!!!

Please join us for the opening of the first annual exhibition that displays the growth, achievements and bright futures of all of our scholars. We are proud to include the work of each student in the Parsons festival, which is a new annual series of art and design events which…

“The Kitchen”

April 16th, 2011 At “The Kitchen” in Chelsea scholars met the artist, Kenya (Robinson), featured in the gallery. She spoke of her featured work, Kenya Eats A Cracker. On this rainy day, the scholars walked from The New School to the gallery. Robinson’s work raised many questions for the scholars…

Richard Pean: Talenthouse movie poster winner!

Our very own Richard Pean (Undergrad Mentor and Scholar alum) recently won a Movie Poster Design Competition on Talenthouse, which is a platform that provides opportunities for creatives to “participate in unique projects with artists and brands, collaborate, gain recognition and compensation.” For his winning poster design, Richard will attend…

Chris Soria Visits Scholars!

On Saturday April 16, artist Chris Soria met with Senior Scholars to share his work and to discuss his process with students. Students were impressed at the wide range of work Chris does: including collaborative large-scale murals, illustration,photo collage, pumpkin carving and more! It was great to meet an example…

Preparing for the Parsons Festival

We’ve been working hard at preparing the upcoming program-wide exhibition in the new annual Parsons Festival which will highlight the progress and achievements of participants in the Parsons Scholars program. Join us on May 7th at 5:30 for our opening in 2 West 13th st. More info soon.. Below, a…