Now recruiting 10th graders!

Parsons the New School for Design is pleased to invite 10th graders who are interested in art and design to apply for an extraordinary pre-college scholarship opportunity in the Parsons Scholars Program.

All 10th graders from NYC public schools who demonstrate financial need and who have expressed an interest in art or design and are in need of more opportunities in the field are eligible to apply.  


If you are an educator, and are interested in having a representative from Parsons visit your school/program to speak with your students about these opportunities, please contact us to arrange an appointment:
Application process:
1. Attend an Info Session

If you missed our info sessions, videos now available online:

Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

Fri 10/26, Wed 11/7, or Thurs 11/15 

(*See flyer above)

2. Fill out an information worksheet 

(for your reference only)

3. Fill out the online application 

(no paper applications accepted)

4. Submit essay via email
5. Submit letters of recommendation via email

6. Eligible applicants will be called for an interview

at which time they will show artwork samples and provide proof of income

Deadline: Sun, November 25th [UPDATED]

More info can be found on our website:

Current 10th graders from NYC public high schools that demonstrate financial need and who are interested in going to college for visual art or design.
*Financial need is determined by the general guidelines outlined by the NYC Free + Reduced Lunch Program and the NY Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
Students take a wide range of visual art and design courses at Parsons the New School for Design.  They will explore exciting art and design careers and college options, and will learn how to apply to the colleges of their choice, with a focus on art/design programs.         
2.5 years, January 2013 through June 2015 on Saturdays and during summers
Free; full tuition to the Pre-College Academy and Summer Intensive Studies programs, materials, transportation, mentoring, advising, and 4 college credits (upon successful completion).   
*This is a college prep program and not a college scholarship
An online application is required, listing activities, interests, and household income; An essay and letter of recommendation must be emailed; All eligible applicants will be interviewed and will be asked to submit proof of household income. Thank you for helping students secure online access.
Sunday, November 25, 2012 [UPDATED]       
**Info session flyer designed by Parsons Scholar mentor and alum Richard Pean