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.