Undergraduate Awards

Incoming and returning students are eligible to be considered for institutional aid in the form of scholarships or grants. Scholarships are awarded based on merit and specific criteria defined by the scholarship.  To be considered, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.  Grants may be awarded based on merit and demonstrated financial need. 

In order for the scholarship to be considered for renewal, recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, continue to meet the award criteria and have no violations of the NYSID Student Code of Conduct.  It is expected that awarded students are enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) unless otherwise noted in the award descriptions.

Scholarships awards are determined by a committee appointed by the NYSID President.  


Barbara Bernie Scholarship

Barbara Bernie was a NYSID alumna who generously dedicated a part of her estate to create this endowed scholarship fund.  Barbara 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.  The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student. 


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 a student (undergraduate or graduate) who follows in his footsteps by 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 luxurious residences and offices for an international clientele. NYSID awarded Mr. Bradfield the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.


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.


Ruth Burt Scholarship

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


Sheila Chapline Scholarship

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


The J.T. Collins Scholarship

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 pursuing 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. 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 to 1999.  Albert Hadley was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1986. 


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 undergraduate or graduate students who show exceptional promise and creativity.


The Betty Sherrill/McMillen Scholarship

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by NYSID in 2013, Betty Sherrill was the longtime president and then chairman of McMillen, Inc., the legendary firm, founded in 1924 by Eleanor McMillen Brown.  By the late 1920's McMillen, Inc. had become a full-service decorating business becoming one of the professions landmark firms with some of the 20th century’s most important designers training there.  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

Named to Elle Décor’s Grand Masters list of top designers, Charlotte Moss is also a prolific writer of over a dozen books.  She lectures widely around the country sharing her expertise on the subject of design and entertainment.  She serves on the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design, where she received an Honorary Doctorate as well as the college’s Centennial Medal.  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.  It is awarded to a full-time student entering the Basic Interior Design program.


Carl A. Schwarz, JR. sCHOLARSHIP

Carl A. Schwarz, Jr., served as Chairman on the Board of Trustees at the New York School of Interior Design from 1990 until 2002.  Before serving in the roles of chairman and then trustee, he was general counsel to the college for seven years.   The scholarship is awarded to an exceptional undergraduate student in their third or fourth year of study


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.


dIANE tRAMONTANO Scholarship

In memory of Diane Tramontano, a 1990 NYSID Graduate, this scholarship was established by her mother Delores Tramontano, and is awarded on a merit basis to a female, full-time student in either the undergraduate or graduate program


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. 


The Alumni Scholarship

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


President's Merit Scholarship

This intuitional scholarship is awarded to incoming students (undergraduate or graduate) who show exceptional potential in the study of interior design.


Chairman's Merit Scholarship

This intuitional scholarship is awarded to continuing students (undergraduate or graduate) who show exceptional potential in the study of interior design.


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. 


NYSID Grant

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