Design Scholarships

Presentation can be everything. If it wasn’t, those culinary geniuses on "Iron Chef" would spend less time making their ingredients match and more time making them taste yummy. It’s hard to be proud of a dish that doesn’t look right and it’s not as fun to give a gift when the bow and paper don’t match. If you don’t believe me, ask the guys from Apple: They used the theory to turn fruit into an empire.

Whether you’re interested in interior design, textile design, graphic design or any other type of design, don’t let anyone fool you into thinking looks don’t matter. Sometimes they do and if you’re a design student, they matter most of the time. Good ads and product designs require creativity (and a background in advertising and marketing) but know-how is just as important. Degrees in design can prepare college students for successful careers in the industry. And while affording an education may feel like an insurmountable problem, it doesn’t have to be one.

A number of scholarship funds have been created with design students in mind. To find information about design scholarships, students can conduct a free scholarship search at Scholarships.com. At Scholarships.com, students will find tips for saving money, college funding resources and, of course, myriad information about scholarships and grants that can help them obtain a degree in design. Check out just a few of these design scholarships below.

AAUW Return to Learning Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Lombard Area Branch of AAUW "Return to Learning" scholarship is offered to assist females in completing an undergraduate or master's degree, or a certification program. Students must reside in Lombard, Villa Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton, Addison, Glendale Heights or Glen Ellyn in order to apply and are continuing college after a significant interruption. Special consideration is given to [...] More

ACF American Advertising Federation-NM Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/4/2020
  • Amount: $1,400
  • The American Advertising Federation-New Mexico (AAF-NM) Scholarship Fund has been established to provide scholarships to deserving men and women who intend to enter the advertising profession. In order to apply, you must be a New Mexico resident enrolled full-time at a four-year New Mexico public or non-profit college/university as a junior or senior in one of the following majors: Business (with [...] More

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian-American college students pursuing a major in the performing, visual arts, journalism and/or mass communications. Applicants must be a US citizen, national or permanent legal resident who is of at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity, and be either a high school senior or a college student [...] More

Alan Lucas Educational Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • Applications may be submitted by full-time students who desire to study propose to pursue lighting education or research as part of their undergraduate, graduate or doctoral studies. Applications for the Alan Lucas Memorial Educational Scholarships may be made by those who will be a junior, senior, or graduate student in an accredited four-year college or university located in Northern California [...] More

APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship is offered to women and minority (African American, Hispanic American, or Native American) students enrolled in an approved Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) planning program who are citizens of the United States, intend to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector, and are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need are eligible to [...] More

ASID Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled in or have been accepted for admission to a graduate-level interior design program at an accredited university. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement. Applicants must write an essay on the following subject: "As an interior designer, how will [...] More

ASID Legacy Scholarship for Undergraduates

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Legacy Scholarship is open to all students in their junior or senior year of undergraduate study enrolled in at least a three-year accredited program of interior design. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement. The jury will evaluate entries on academic record, presentation skills, design and planning competency, [...] More

Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship provides educational resources to students pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Applicant must be a graduating senior from a public or private high school who resides in Boone, Ogle, or Winnebago County,
    who plans to pursue a degree in visual arts, visual art education, or visual art history, has a minimum 2.75 GPA, and shows involvement in [...] More

Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship is a prestigious national academic scholarship that is not limited to a particular college or university. Recipients must be full-time university students pursuing an academic degree in an information technology field. The selection committee will choose the scholarship recipients on the basis of scholastic ability, leadership potential and financial need. [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to African-American or Black students who are pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Visual arts include architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production, etc. Selected applicants will be constituents of a CBC member’s [...] More

CMAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (MAC CMAA), awards a limited number of scholarships to qualified students to help them defray the costs of pursuing a degree in construction management or a related-degree program. Applicants must have completed a minimum of one full academic year of studies and must have a minimum of one full academic year remaining [...] More

Craft Research Fund—Project Grant

  • Application Deadline: 10/1/2020
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The purpose of the Craft Research Fund is to advance, expand and support scholarship in United States. The Project Grant is a $15,000 award for research, writing, support documentation, images or rights to use images or text, as part of craft research yet to be completed. Recipients are notified in December. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

David Barrett Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $12,000
  • The David Barrett Memorial Scholarship is awarded twice a year to recognize the work of an outstanding undergraduate or graduate interior design student who demonstrates an interest and ability in utilizing Classical design elements and traditional materials in their work. All project types will be accepted, including, but not limited to, workplace, civic, residential, hospitality, and historical [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2021
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception. Applicants [...] More

Frederick R. Layton Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/8/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Frederick R. Layton Art Scholarship is a scholarship available to current Mount Mary students who are enrolled in a major in an arts and design academic area. Multiple scholarships of up to $3,000 each are awarded every year. Eligible applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program, have completed at least one college art course at Mount Mary University or [...] More

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship is open to students of color (African-American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) attending a non-profit public or private college/university majoring in fine arts, including all visual and performing arts. Applicants must have financial need, be a Kent County resident, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. For more [...] More

IFDA Education Foundation Student Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The International Furnishing and Design Association offers scholarships to students majoring in Interior Design or a related design/furnishing program. Scholarships are awarded to both undergrad and graduate students who are currently enrolled in an accredited institution, either full-time or part-time, and studying interior design, furniture design, sustainable design, textile design or a [...] More

IFMA Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • IFMA scholarships range in value from $1,500-$10,000 and are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students that are enrolled in facility management or facility management-related programs (FM related programs include, but are not limited to, construction management, architecture, interior design and some engineering disciplines). Working students are accepted. Must have a minimum 3.2 GPA. For [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Iowa Scholarship for the Arts is a $1,500 scholarship to help support student's future arts education. Applicants must be outstanding Iowa high school seniors who excel and demonstrate a commitment to pursuing an education and career in the arts. Applicants must also plan to attend college in Iowa and major in the fine arts. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Joel Polsky Prize

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Given annually, the Joel Polsky Prize recognizes an interior design research project or thesis project conducted by an undergraduate or graduate student related to wellness and design. Submissions should address the needs of the public, designers, and students on topics such as educational research, behavioral science, business practice, design process, theory, or other technical subjects. Types [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state (and a US citizen). Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. [...] More

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

  • Application Deadline: 6/6/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM students which are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ community. One scholarship will go to an undergraduate student, and one will go to a [...] More

Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation was organized in 1956 by concerned industry leaders as a nonprofit, private, industry-directed corporation to develop and dispense scholarship and fellow assistance to talented young men and women who are interested in graphic communications careers. Applicants may be high school seniors or students enrolled in a post-secondary program as full-time [...] More

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/5/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, race car driver/crew, administration information technology, sales/marketing, advertising, business, manufacturing, technician, design/graphics, [...] More

Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany - UAS7

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • Internships typically last 5-6 months, but UAS7 research internships may run from 2-6 months, depending on the specifications of the project description. Recipients will receive a full tuition waiver for both semesters (enrollment is also required during the internship to maintain residency in Germany) and the benefits provided to exchange students at the host UAS. Successful SIP applicants are [...] More

Support Creativity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Design something creative that illustrates your passion for your specific creative field. This can be done in absolutely any medium (drawing, painting, animation, digital media, film, etc.) Submit an essay that explains this piece of work. Also, make sure to express why you should receive this scholarship and any financial hardship that you may be going through. Students must be attending a [...] More

The AAF-Greater Evansville Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The AAF-Greater Evansville awards scholarships to deserving high school and/or college students yearly in April. To be eligible, students must plan to pursue a career in advertising, marketing, public relations or graphic design. The applicant must be graduating from a high school or currently attending college in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey, Gibson, Pike in Indianna or Edwards, White, Wabash, [...] More

The Fulbright Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide and has provided approximately 310,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in each others' countries and exchange ideas. Fulbright eligibility requirements vary by program and country of citizenship. For specific contact information, eligibility requirements and limits on the number of awards by [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to NYC where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops and a scholarship and donor recognition reception. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group and be a full-time student at a four-year accredited [...] More

The Mary Lou Marks Smith Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Mary Lou Marks Smith Scholarship is awarded to a community college student majoring in horticulture, floral design or other gardening related fields who is a legal resident of the State of Maine. The Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, will be given every other year, in odd-numbered years. It is mailed to the college at the beginning of the second semester. For more information or to apply, [...] More

The NYU Game Center EVO Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The NYU Game Center has partnered with the Evo tournament to create a scholarship to study game design at New York University. The Evo Scholarship is awarded annually to an applicant who best demonstrates an active participation in the fighting game community, an interest in game design with a focus on innovating in the field of competitive games, and a legitimate financial need. For more [...] More

TLMI Four-Year College Degree Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/10/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The TLMI Four-Year College Degree Scholarship Program is for qualified full-time college students, entering their third or fourth year of study, who are pursuing a degree to prepare for a career in the tag and label manufacturing industry. Applicant must be a sophomore or junior attending an accredited American college/university on a full-time basis during their junior or senior year and [...] More

TLMI Two-Year Degree Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The TLMI scholarship program is for students enrolled in a printing program at a two-year college or degree-granting technical school. Applicant must demonstrate interest in entering the tag and label industry and exhibit proficiency in overall academics, and maintain a 3.00 or higher GPA and provide an official college transcript for all course work completed. For more information or to apply, [...] More

Walt Disney Imaginations Design Competition Project Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 10/11/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Disney Imaginations invites students to create an iconic installation on their campus or city that serves as an inspiration, honors the past, and is a vision of the future. Applicants can form teams to two to four participants. To qualify, each team participant must be a student at least 18 years of age with junior, senior or equivalent standing or full-time graduate student in a college or [...] More

Workforce Pathways Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Trident Technical College (TTC) Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to offer a new session of the Workforce Pathways Scholarship for fall classes. Students must be current residents of South Carolina. The scholarship can be applied to the following programs: healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and professional development. In order to apply, come [...] More

Zinggia Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/7/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship was started to help art students in Ohio further their education in the visual arts field. The Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship is available yearly to a deserving Ohio high school senior to pursue a career in illustration, graphic design, photography, or any other art-related program. The mission of the Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship is to provide financial assistance [...] More

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Last Reviewed: May 2020