Undergraduate Awards

Incoming and returning undergraduate students are eligible to be considered for institutional aid in the form of scholarships or grants.  All scholarships are merit based meaning students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to be considered.  In order for the scholarship to be considered for renewal, recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.  Grants can be awarded based on merit or demonstrated financial need.  Awarded students must be studying on a full time basis (12 or more credits) unless otherwise noted in the award descriptions.

Barbara Bernie Scholarship

Barbara Bernie was a NYSID alumna who generously dedicated a part of her estate to create this endowed scholarship fund.  Bernie helped design the NYSID color course with our college’s founder Sherrill Whiton.  She taught color courses and served as the school registrar for several years.  Bernie passed away in 2004.

Keith Bjes Scholarship

Keith Bjes attended NYSID to pursue a second career in interior design.  This fund was endowed in his memory by friends and classmates after his passing in 2007.  The scholarship is awarded to AAS or BFA students who follow in his footsteps and are undertaking a second career in interior design.

Geoffrey Bradfield Scholarship

This scholarship supports the studies of an international student in an undergraduate degree program.  It was endowed in 2004 by the South African-born designer Geoffrey Bradfield, who specializes in creating daring, luxurious residences and offices for an international clientele. Bradfield has teamed up with Stark Carpet and designed his own collection of textiles and wall coverings.  His line of furniture, the Millennium Modern series sells around the world.  NYSID awarded Mr. Bradfield the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

Ruth Burt Scholarship

Ruth Burt is an alumna of the New York School of Interior Design, as well as a dedicated professor for the past decade.  In 1993, Ruth Burt International Ltd. was founded and specializes in residential interior design.   Ms. Burt created this scholarship to students in an undergraduate degree program who shows exceptional promise and creativity.

Sheila Chapline Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor Sheila Chapline for more than 45 years of outstanding service to the NYSID community.  It is awarded to a student to encourage the study of interior design.

The J.T. Collins Scholarships

Judith T. Collins earned a Bachelor's degree with high distinction at NYSID when her four children were young.  She went on to earn a master's degree in architectural lighting and to practice and teach lighting design.  Her family created and endowed this scholarship in honor of Ms. Collins's 60th birthday to help other mature women undertake a second career in interior design.  Students can be matriculated in either the Associates or Bachelors program.

Inez Croom Memorial Scholarship

Created in honor of Inez Croom, a NYSID alumna and faculty member for nearly fifty years, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student intending to pursue the BFA degree.  Croom was a prominent mid-twentieth century designer and manufacturer of hand-screened wallpaper.  She was a charter member of the American Institute of Interior Design (which eventually became the American Society of Interior Designers) and a founding member of the Decorator’s Club.

Murray Bartlett Douglas Scholarship

Endowed by Brunschwig & Fils to honor NYSID faculty and Advisory Board member Murray Bartlett Douglas, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student. 

Albert Hadley Scholarship

Endowed by the American design icon Albert L. Hadley Jr. (d. 2012) and his friends, this scholarship is intended to help students fulfill their dream of becoming interior design professionals and is awarded to a student pursuing the BFA degree.  In his early years, Hadley worked at the distinguished New York design firm of McMillen, Inc. He then went on to work with Sister Parish at their eponymous firm Parish-Hadley, Associates, from 1962 to1999.  Albert Hadley was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1986. 

The Betty Sherrill/McMillen Scholarship

McMillen, Inc. was founded in 1924 by Eleanor McMillen Brown who operated out of her New York City townhouse selling 18th century furniture sent to her from Europe.  By the late 1920's McMillen, Inc. had become a full-service decorating business becoming one of the professions landmark firms.  Some important designers of the late 20th century such as Albert Hadley and Mark Hampton trained at McMillen.  In 1972 Betty Sherrill succeeded Mrs. Brown as President, the office she held until becoming chairman in 2002, her current position.  Ms. Sherrill was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by NYSID in 2013.  This scholarship was endowed in honor of the firm’s 75th anniversary by Brunschwig & Fils, and was further supported by a gift from Mrs. Sherrill.  It is awarded annually to a student to encourage completion of the BFA program. 

Charlotte Moss Scholarship

During the span of her interior design career, Charlotte Moss has written seven books and has designed collections of furniture, decorative framed art, china, fabric, carpet, decorative accessories and home fragrance.  She lectures widely around the country sharing her expertise on the subject of design and is a contributor to Wall Street Journal.  She serves on the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design, where she received an Honorary Doctorate.  Ms. Moss endowed this scholarship in 2003 to support the education of students in an undergraduate degree program with a passion to become part of the interior design profession.

Laverne Neil Memorial Scholarship

LaVerne Neil was a NYSID alumna who graciously dedicated parts of her estate to create this endowed scholarship fund. Ms. Neil was associated with some of the 20th century’s most notable furniture and décor firms and was an International Furnishings and Design Association president.  To be eligible, a recipient must be a full-time junior or senior in the BFA program.

Elizabeth Nesbitt Shean Scholarship

This scholarship was endowed by Michael Meehan Nesbitt and his family in memory of his sister, a NYSID alumna.  This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student entering the Basic Interior Design program.

Karl Springer Scholarship

Karl Springer was a designer and manufacturer of luxury contemporary furniture and a wide array of accessories.  He was the president and sole owner of preeminent Karl Springer Ltd., with showrooms in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. This endowed scholarship was established by a bequest from the late designer and the gifts of his friends and colleagues.  It is awarded to an outstanding full-time BFA candidate who demonstrates exceptional talent and commitment to the profession.

Trustee Scholarship

This endowed scholarship fund was established by the trustees of the college to encourage and support the completion of the BFA degree through part-time study.  In order to be considered for renewal of the scholarship, students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and continue to study on a part-time basis.

Sherrill Whiton Memorial Scholarship

Sherrill Whiton was an architect who founded the New York School of Interior Design in 1916.  He also was the author of Interior Design and Decoration, a classic text for design students that was written in 1937 and is still used today.  He served as the Director of the school until his passing in 1961.  This endowed scholarship supports the education of a student in an undergraduate degree program who shows exceptional promise in interior design. 

Mario Buatta Scholarship

This scholarship was endowed by and in honor of Mario Buatta, one of America's foremost decorators, renowned for his American interpretation of classic English country-house interiors.  He was named "Dean of Design" by the Chicago Merchandise Mart and received a lifetime achievement award from NYSID in 2011.  This scholarship provides a BFA student, studying full-time or part-time, with thesis support in their final year.

Ellie Cullman Scholarship

Ellie Cullman, renowned interior designer and co-founder of Cullman & Kravis, received the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award of the New York School of Interior Design in 2016. This scholarship, created in her honor by her children, helps support the education of a student of promise, determination, drive and creativity.

Harold and Gisele Jaffe Scholarship

Harold Jaffe was a long-time member of the NYSID faculty, noted appraiser and friend of the college. Together with his wife, Gisele, he created this scholarship to support the education of students who show exceptional promise and creativity.

CARL A. SCHWARZ, JR. SCHOLARSHIP

Carl A. Schwarz, Jr. was a major source for change and growth for the New York School of Interior Design. He joined the NYSID Board of Trustees in 1990 as chairman, a position he held until 2002 after which time he continued his service as a trustee.  He was also general counsel to the college for seven years.  His fellow trustees and colleagues in the law created this scholarship as a special legacy for Carl at the school.  The scholarship is awarded to an exceptional undergraduate student in the third or fourth year of study.  NYSID continues to welcome gifts to this fund to honor Carl A. Schwarz, Jr. for his many years of leadership, dedication and enormous contributions to its future.

 

ROSLYN AND PETER BRANDT SCHOLARSHIP

Peter Brandt, longtime member of the NYSID faculty, understands and is committed to education as a process of discovery, and delighted in teaching and mentoring students. Ros Brandt, founder and president of Brandt Resources, is an important figure in the design, real estate and construction industries providing training in marketing, management and presentation skills.  This scholarship, created and endowed by friends, colleagues and students supports the education of students who show exceptional promise and creativity.

 

INGE HECKEL SCHOALRSHIP

This scholarship was created and endowed by lead gifts from Patricia M. Sovern, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and her husband Michael I. Sovern, in honor of President Emerita Inge Heckel whose wise and vigorous leadership transformed the college.  This scholarship supports the education of students who show exceptional promise and creativity.

 

DIANE TRAMONTANO SCHOLARSHIP

Diane Tramontano was a NYSID student who received her Associates Degree in Interior Design in 1990.  Diane passed away in 1999 at the age of 43.  The Fund was established in loving memory by her mother, Dolores Tramontano, in the hopes that the scholarship would help another tenacious and talented woman achieve her dream.  The Diane Tramontano Scholarship will be awarded on a merit basis to a female full-time student in either an undergraduate or graduate program in interior design.  The Scholarship may be renewed year-to-year providing the recipient continues in the college in good standing and at a full-time status.

 

President's Merit Scholarship

This intuitional scholarship is awarded to incoming students that show exceptional potential in the study of interior design.

Chairman's Merit Scholarship

This intuitional scholarship is awarded to incoming students that show exceptional potential in the study of interior design.

The Alumni Scholar Fund Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by the annual gifts and grants of NYSID Alumni who want to help, encourage and inspire students prepare for rewarding careers in interior design.

NYSID Grant

This intuitional grant is awarded on need and/or merit basis. Students can be studying on a full or part time basis.

Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships

Incoming MFA students are eligible to be considered for institutional aid in the form of scholarships or assistantships.  All awards are merit based meaning students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to be considered.  In order for the award to be considered for renewal, recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA (unless otherwise noted) and must be studying on a full time basis (12 or more credits).

The Ruben de Saavedra Scholarship

Ruben de Saavedra graduated from the New York School of Interior Design and was a faculty member as well.  For 30 years he was head of Ruben de Saavedra Inc.   He was known primarily for his designs for residences, working for clients in Italy, Brazil, and the United States.  The decorator's antique-filled rooms, often painted with trompe l'oeil effects, were widely depicted in Architectural Digest, Interior Design and Vogue Decoration.  This endowed scholarship was established by friends and family in memory of the designer in 1990.  It is awarded to an outstanding MFA candidate who demonstrates exceptional talent and commitment to the profession.  In order for the scholarship to be considered for renewal, recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

The Jean Chisholm Lindsey Scholarship

This endowed scholarship, created in 2000 in honor and memory of alumn Jean Chisholm Lindsey, is awarded to an exceptional MFA candidate. The scholarship is renewable, provided the student maintains at least a 3.25 GPA and receives a positive evaluation from their advisor each year.

The Mark Hampton Scholarship

Mark Hampton was an interior decorator whose relaxed traditionalism was embraced by America's stylish elite, making him a celebrated symbol of gracious living for decades.  The scholarship was endowed by friends in memory of the designer in 1999 and is awarded to an exceptional MFA candidate.  The scholarship is renewable, provided the student maintains at least a 3.25 GPA and receives a positive evaluation from their advisor each year.

NYSID Assistantship

The NYSID Assistantship is awarded to an outstanding MFA candidate and is awarded based on merit.  The assistantship is renewable, provided the student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA and receives a positive evaluation from their assistantship advisor each year.

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