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Now Recruiting: NYC Public School 10th Graders for Parsons Scholars Program

What is the Parsons Scholars Program?

The Parsons Scholars Program is a multi-year scholarship program for New York City public school students interested in art and design study. Accepted students participate from 10th grade through 12th grade.

Students have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of studio subjects to gain skills and knowledge that will help them gain admission and be successful in colleges of art and design. Students earn and college credits and a Pre-College certificate from Parsons upon successful completion of the Parsons Scholars Program. In addition to these classes, students participate in workshops and fieldtrips to gain exposure to art and design fields.  During the fall and spring semesters, programming is held on Saturdays from 9am- 5pm. During the summer, students are enrolled in a rigorous, two to four-week intensive course that meets daily from 9am to 4pm. Attendance to all programming is mandatory.

WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP COVER?

Tuition to Parsons pre-college courses
Art supplies for courses taken
Transportation to and from class and events
Lunch after Saturday classes
Guidance through the college application process
Support from College Mentors, Tutors and Academic Advisors
6 college credits upon completion

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF PARSONS SCHOLARS?

Full and on-time attendance to ALL classes, workshops, field trips and events
Active participation in all classes and timely completion of all in and out of class assignments
Monthly meetings with your advisor

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • 10th graders from NYC public schools
  • Students who demonstrate financial need (as determined by NY state HEOP. See page 2)
  • Students with a strong interest and commitment to art and design studies and obtaining a higher education in art and design
  • Students with limited access to art and design opportunities and guidance through the college application process
  • Students maintaining a C average or higher

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Submit an online application by Friday, October 30th at 8pm.  http://tinyurl.com/Parsons-Scholars-App15

For more info: http://scholars.parsons.edu/blog/  and  www.newschool.edu/parsons/design-scholarship

Contact us with questions or concerns at 212.229.8933 x4465 or at ParsonsScholars@newschool.edu

Because the Parsons Scholars Program is committed to college access, all programming is mandatory, including studio courses, workshops, SAT prep and individual college advising.  

*Students are enrolled in one subject per semester. Each semester, a new subject is chosen with a goal of exploring a wide variety of areas.


 

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Feb-May:

  • Saturdays, 9am- 5pm
  • Morning art/design class
  • Afternoon workshops and field trips  (exploring visual arts and design)
August:

  • Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm
  • 2-week intensive art/design class

JUNIOR YEAR

Oct-Dec:

  • Saturdays, 9am- 5pm
  • Morning art/design class
  • Afternoon workshops and field trips  (focus on college readiness)
Feb-May:

  • Saturdays, 9am- 5pm
  • Morning art/design class
  • Afternoon SAT prep classes
July:

  • Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm
  • 3-week summer intensive art/design class
  • Receive college credit upon successful completion of course

SENIOR YEAR

Oct-Dec:

  • Saturdays, 9am- 5pm
  • Morning Portfolio Development class
  • Afternoon workshops and field trips  (focus on college application process)
Feb-May:

  • Saturdays, 9am- 5pm
  • Morning and afternoon Senior project class (focus on community involvement and real-world experience)
  • Receive college credit upon successful completion of course
Summer:

  • Program graduation


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirement

Description

How to submit

Due

Attend 1 Info Session

Info sessions are open to applicants, guardians and educators.

Wed 9/30, Tues 10/6, Fri 10/9, Mon 10/12

http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/design-scholarship/

Mon 10/12

Attend Studio Session

The studio session introduces applicants to what studio classes are like at Parsons Pre-College Academy.  

*This is not a test of your skills! It’s an opportunity to see what to expect from classes if you are accepted.

Attend Studio Session

Sat 10/17

Online Application

  • Contact Info
  • Activities and Interests
  • Household Income*

*Ask your guardians to provide this info in order to determine your financial eligibility.  

ONLINE APPLICATION, available at: http://tinyurl.com/Parsons-Scholars-App15

Fri 10/23

Essay

What interests you about art and design? What are your future goals and how do you anticipate that this program will help you reach your goals?

(400 word max)

EMAIL:

ParsonsScholars@newschool.edu

Subject: Full Name_ Essay  

(Example: Jane Doe_ Essay)

* The student’s full name and high school should be listed in the email

Fri 10/23

Recommendation

From a teacher, counselor, or a school/ community organization representative.  

It should comment on your artistic/design abilities, need for opportunities, interest, attendance record, academic performance, and commitment.

EMAIL:

ParsonsScholars@newschool.edu

Subject: Full Name_ Rec  

(Example: Jane Doe_ Rec)

* The student’s full name and high school should be listed in the email

Fri 10/23

Interview

All eligible students will be called for an interview, which will give you the opportunity to show samples of your artwork and discuss your interests.

You will be contacted by a Parsons Scholars representative.

Sat 11/15

Proof of Income

Tax returns from all legal guardians

*Contact us if you are unable to provide tax returns but believe you may be eligible.

*Proof of receiving EBT, Section 8 or other forms of public assistance may prove eligibility.

Submit at interview

(See above)

HS Transcript

  Submit at interview

(See above)

Portfolio

Bring in 5-10 examples of artwork that show what you like to make at home, in

school or elsewhere.  

Show at interview

(See above)

 

FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY

The Parsons Scholars Program uses the general income guidelines established by the

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).

 

HEOP GUIDELINES 2015

Household Size

Total Annual Income

  Household Size

Total Annual Income

1

$21,257

  5

$51,005

2

$28,694

  6

$58,442

3

$36,131

  7

$65,879

4

$43,568

     

Information Sessions

New School University Center is located at the northeast corner of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue. Take the stairs or elevator to the second floor for room U201 (Enter through U203). Take the stairs in the lobby or elevator to the lower level for UL102.

 

Wednesday 9/30

4:30-6pm

University Center
63 Fifth Avenue
Room U201  

Tuesday 10/6

4:30-6 pm

University Center
63 Fifth Avenue Room UL102

Friday 10/9

4:30-6 pm

University Center
63 Fifth Avenue Room U201

Monday 10/12

3-5:00pm

University Center
63 Fifth Avenue
Room UL102