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: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Lombard Area Branch of AAUW "Return to Learning" scholarship to assist 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, Illinois in order to apply and are continuing college after a significant interruption. Special consideration is given to women who [...] More

ACF American Advertising Federation-NM Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/7/2020
  • 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: 5/7/2020
  • 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. Scholarship Winners will be invited to attend our annual charity event, Fashion for a Passion, held in the fall in Dallas, Texas.

    Applicants must be a US citizen, national or permanent [...] More

Alan Lucas Educational Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • 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

Andy and Julie Plata Honorary Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • In order to be eligible for the Andy and Julie Plata Honorary Scholarship, students must have an interest in a career within the document management and graphic communication industry; have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a full-time student attending an accredited college or university as of the upcoming fall semester. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

ASID Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students

  • Application Deadline: 4/18/2020
  • 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: 4/18/2020
  • 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 Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Foundation currently provides scholarship funds or assists in the scholarship award process for the following programs. The Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship, a national scholarship that is awarded annually, supports university students seeking an education in an accredited degree program related to information technology.

    Applicants be an active AITP student member, a declared computer [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006 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 [...] More

CMAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/13/2020
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 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 [...] More

DEED Technical Design Projects

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • DEED offers four types of scholarships to full-time students accepted or enrolled in vocational schools or accredited colleges and universities, encompassing high school seniors through graduate students. They include educational scholarships, student research grants, student internships, and technical design projects.

    Applicant must be a full-time student at an accredited college or [...] More

Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • In order to apply for the Gamers Helping Gamers scholarship, applicants must be U.S. students - either matriculating high school or undergraduate students. A personal statement addressing select questions will be required, along with the application. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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 Leaders Commemorative Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The IFDA Educational Foundation established this scholarship, supported by the Georgia Chapter, to honor a past or present leader for commitment and service to the Georgia Chapter. Each year the scholarship honors a different individual whose name and contributions will be posted on the IFDA/EF website. This scholarship is available to any undergraduate student enrolled in an interior design or [...] More

IFMA Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2020
  • 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

Joel Polsky Prize

  • Application Deadline: 4/18/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Given annually, the Joel Polsky Prize recognizes outstanding academic contributions to interior design through print or digital communication. This year the ASID Foundation is seeking submissions focusing on the impact of design on health and wellness. Submissions should address the needs of the public, designers, and students on topics such as educational research, behavioral science, business [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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. 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. Music, sculpture, [...] More

NEWH San Francisco Bay Area Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • NEWH San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is offering scholarships (2) $5,000 and (2) $10,000 scholarships to students
    pursuing careers affiliated in the hospitality industry. Scholarship winners will be awarded at the chapter scholarship Gala in December.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college in: Northern California zip codes 936 to 961
    -Must have [...] More

Part-Time Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The IFDA Educational Foundation Board of Trustees added a scholarship for a part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a continuing interior design or related program at an accredited school.

    All applicants must have completed four design courses in post-secondary education at the time of application and be majoring in Interior Design or a related field. Applicant must be currently enrolled [...] More

PAVE Student Design Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 11/7/2019
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The PAVE Student Design Competition promotes “real world” design experience for college-level students interested in pursuing careers in the retail design industry. Students involved in retail planning, visual merchandising, interior design and branding programs are encouraged to participate in creating a dynamic design space for Bank of America. Students participating in our competition will [...] More

Ruth Clark Furniture Design Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • All applicants must have completed four design courses in post-secondary education at the time of application and be majoring in interior design or a related field and must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in design with a focus on residential upholstered and/or wood furniture design. The completed application packet must include a sealed transcript of course work that [...] More

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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

The AAF-Greater Evansville Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/25/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The AAF-Greater Evansville awards scholarships to deserving high school and/or college students yearly in April. Over the past 40 years, AAF-Greater Evansville has distributed over $158,000 in scholarship awards. To be eligible, students must plan to pursue a career in advertising, marketing, public relations or graphic design. The application deadline varies yearly, but is typically in early [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to Cincinnati, OH 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, studying a field of study that has an [...] More

The Mary Lou Marks Smith Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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.

    Applicants will be judged on [...] More

The Yellow Pages United Mark Smith Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/7/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Create an infographic for a chance to be awarded The Yellow Pages United Mark Smith Scholarship toward your college tuition. From the Internet to LED billboards, marketing is not what it used to be. Submit an original info-graphic that shows how marketing has changed from your parents' generation to yours. Humor, originality, and creativity are encouraged. Applicants must be majoring in [...] More

TLMI Four-Year College Degree Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/5/2020
  • 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: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • This scholarship program is for students enrolled in a flexographic printing program at a two-year college or degree-granting technical school. This grant is targeted at students seeking a career in the flexographic industry. Your school advisor must review your application and submit it to TLMI Headquarters.

    Applicant must demonstrate interest in entering the tag and label industry and [...] More

Tricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Aware of increasing environmental concerns worldwide, the IFDA Educational Foundation established a scholarship for a student focusing on the evolving green/sustainable field of study. Sustainable design is the development of innovative ways to create living spaces that are energy efficient and feature green/sustainable materials, fabrications and products. The student applying for this [...] More

Vercille Voss IFDA Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The IFDA Illinois Chapter initiated the Vercille Voss Graduate Student Scholarship in memory of Vercille Voss, longtime chapter member and mentor to new members and students. The applicant must be enrolled as a part-time or full-time graduate student at an accredited university. All applicants must be graduate students and have completed four design courses in post-secondary education at the time [...] More

Window Fashions Certified Professionals Fast Track Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Window Fashions Certified Professionals Fast Track Program for Workroom or Design is supported by IFDA Educational Foundation and Grace McNamara of Vision Magazine. This award for either workroom certification or design certification, consists of six (6) live webinars and/or six (6) recorded webinars led by industry notables. Upon completion of the course and its requirements, students will [...] 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: 3/2/2020
  • 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 student 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: August 2019