Scholarships + Awards
NewSchool of Architecture and Design provides more than $500,000 in scholarships each year. Awards are confirmed quarterly by the scholarship committee. Additional information on specific scholarships is available in the admissions and financial aid offices. Please call the Office of Financial Aid at 619-684-8800. Learn more about the following:
- Senior Scholars Program
- The ACE Mentor Program
- The NewSchool of Architecture and Design Merit Scholarship
- NewSchool of Architecture and Design Grant
- NewSchool of Architecture and Design Alumni Legacy Scholarship
- NewSchool Presidential Scholarships
- Domus Scholarship
- NSAD Here For Good Scholarship
The Senior Scholars Program is designed to help NewSchool students entering the final quarter of their degree who are encountering unexpected, unusual and temporary financial circumstances which are preventing them from finishing their program. The program offers students the chance to complete their degree by reducing the costs associated with tuition and fees in their final quarter. It combines the award of grant monies with community service via work on campus. The application criteria (detailed below) are strict, placing the responsibility on the student to prove he or she meets the award’s standards. The program is offered on a quarterly basis. The funds available are based on unused department funds, and hence fluctuate term by term.
The ACE Mentor Program brings together architects, contractors, and engineers (ACE) to provide encouragement to high school students interested in entering careers in construction and design-related fields. The program's mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in the integrated construction industry through mentoring; and to support their continued advancement in the industry through scholarships and grants. Industry professionals volunteer to become mentors to high school students in order to introduce them to the professions and encourage them to pursue studies and careers in these fields. In return, the industry gets a much-needed boost of new talent. The program operates in more than 50 sites across the country, including San Diego, and provides mentoring and college scholarship opportunities. Please go to http://www.acementor.org/601 to see if your high school participates in this program.
For high school students who participated in the ACE Mentor program, you have the opportunity to apply for the ACE Mentor Scholarship. NSAD is pleased to announce that it is now offering one scholarship for an undergraduate architecture student and one for an undergraduate construction management student, both for $10,000 per year that can be renewed annually for the length of the bachelor’s program. That means a total of $50,000 for the architecture student and $40,000 for the construction management student.
Scholarship requirements vary based on the participating college you are applying to. NSAD is a participant in the ACE Mentor Program. If you qualify you may apply for one of these scholarships by going to http://www.acementor.org/601. In addition to the requirements on the website, the following NSAD requirements to receive an ACE Mentor Scholarship are listed below.
Eligible applicants must:
• Complete an application, available at participating high schools.
• Achieve and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
• Submit a portfolio. This is a compilation of design work, art projects, crafts, furniture, poetry, creative writing, and/or photography from academic, professional, or individual experience. No more than 10 pages, single-sided, sized 8 1/2” x 11”. See portfolio guidelines for details.
• Complete a typed, two-page personal essay expressing their career goals and the reasons they want to attend NSAD.
• Provide two recommendations from high school teachers.
For further information please contact the Financial Aid Office at (619) 684-8818.
The NewSchool of Architecture and Design Merit Scholarship
This scholarship is open to all new students with an incoming GPA of 3.0 or higher. The award is $400 per quarter for the first three quarters of attendance. Recipients must attend full time and remain in good academic standing. Eligible students may receive this award in conjunction with the NSAD Grant (see below). College transcripts with 12 or more earned credits will be used to determine eligibility for transfer students. If multiple college transcripts are submitted with 12 or more earned credits, the cumulative GPA will be used to determine award eligibility.
This grant is available to all new students with a valid and verified expected family contribution (EFC) between $0 and $2,500, as calculated by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant provides $550 per quarter for the first three quarters of attendance. Students must attend full time and remain in good academic standing. Eligible students may receive this award in conjunction with the NSAD Merit Scholarship (see above) and the Presidential Scholarship (see below). Awards are confirmed quarterly by the Scholarship Committee.
The NewSchool of Architecture and Design Alumni Legacy Scholarship is offered to new students who apply for the scholarship and are recommended by an alumnus/alumna of good standing at NewSchool. The student must submit a completed Legacy Scholarship Application, provided by the alumnus/alumna. This scholarship is for $1,000 and will be awarded once per calendar year. It is for the entire length of the student’s degree program, as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. The student must be enrolled full-time each term and must maintain a minimum of a 2.75 GPA each quarter.
NewSchool of Architecture and Design annually awards Presidential Scholarships to outstanding students in our architecture programs. All eligible architecture students are encouraged to apply by the deadline (download the application for more information). Scholarship awards are made for varying amounts, generally from $1,000 to $12,000 per year, with specific amounts dependent on the number of recommended applicants and the amount of funds available.
Scholarship funds are disbursed quarterly during the academic year. Awards may be pro-rated for students taking less than a full load of coursework.
Scholarship and leadership are the two most important criteria used in determining recipients. In addition, applicants will be reviewed for the significance of their work as recognized by the faculty and/or other professionals, and service that leads to the betterment of NSAD. A minimum cumulative grade average of 3.25 is normally expected for a successful applicant.
Scholarship applications from continuing students must be submitted no later than 5pm June 10, 2013. The applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, chaired by Provost Henri de Hahn. The Committee will make its recommendations to the President, and final awards are expected to be made by July 2013.
There are two application cycles for new students. The first application cycle had a deadline of January 22, 2013, and awards were previously announced. The second application deadline for new students is 5pm June 10, 2013, and awards are expected to be announced by July 2013. New student applicants must confirm that they have submitted a completed admission application. The applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, chaired by Provost Henri de Hahn, and the Committee will make its recommendations to the President.
The application form and requested materials should be sent to or delivered directly to the Academic Services Office (M-302), NewSchool of Architecture and Design, 1249 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101 no later than 5pm on the deadline date. Please assemble the materials in hard copy as one package. No emailed or electronic materials can be accepted. The application materials must be received by the 5pm deadline. Failure to comply with the application requirements, submitting an incomplete application, or submitting an application past the deadlines listed above will disqualify the candidate from consideration. For questions about the submission process, please contact Alex Tea (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Academic Services Coordinator.
NewSchool of Architecture and Design is awarding a Domus Scholarship to outstanding new undergraduate and graduate students who will begin their degree program in Winter, Spring or Summer 2014. All eligible students are encouraged to apply by the deadlines noted below.
Up to $6,500 per student. All degree programs are eligible.
Scholarship funds will be credited to the student’s account over the remaining 2013/2014 academic year (Winter, Spring and Summer quarters). The Domus Scholarship cannot be combined with the Merit Scholarship. Recipients of the Domus Scholarship are eligible to apply for the 2014-2015 Presidential Scholarship.
Criteria - U.S. Students
Awards are based on academic excellence and a holistic review of the student’s admissions application. Admissions application must include Statement of Purpose, transcripts, SAT/ACT or GMAT/GRE scores and a portfolio (if applicable). To qualify, undergraduate applicants are required to have a 2.7 cumulative grade point average and 3.0 for graduate applicants, and an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) score of 2500 or less.
Criteria - International Students
Awards are based on academic excellence and a holistic review of the student’s admissions application. An admissions application must include a Statement of Purpose, transcript evaluation, and a portfolio (if applicable). Please see the NewSchool website for a complete list of international admissions requirements.
To qualify* for a scholarship, undergraduate applicants are required to have a 2.7 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and 3.0 for graduate applicants. The GPA will be determined from your official transcript evaluation. International students must also provide a separate essay that explains how the Domus Scholarship will help you succeed at NewSchool academically and financially.
*International students receiving financial support from a 3rd party are not eligible to apply for the Domus Scholarship.
- Winter 2014 applicants: December 16th, 2013 at 5 p.m. PT
- Spring 2014 applicants (online MCM only): March 17th, 2014 at 5 p.m. PT
- Summer 2014 applicants: June 2, 2014 at 5 p.m. PT
The following application form and application materials should be mailed or delivered directly to the Admissions Department at NewSchool of Architecture and Design, 1249 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Failure to comply with the application requirements, submitting an incomplete application, or submitting an application past the deadlines listed above will disqualify the candidate from consideration. For questions about the submission process, please contact your enrollment specialist.
Do you have a great idea that has the potential to change the world or community around you?
We want to support your success. NewSchool of Architecture and Design is full of innovative students who have a positive impact around the world. They have designed health clinics in Peru, transitional housing to assist the homeless, and parklets to enhance the urban experience, to name just a few of the ideas generated by NSAD students. With that in mind, we are excited to announce the NSAD Here for Good Scholarship, with tuition credit awards of up to $2,500. This competition recognizes and awards students at NSAD who have innovative design ideas that are certain to have a positive impact in our society.
As members of the Laureate International Universities Network, this vision is shared by us and all members of our global network. To join the global imperative, NSAD will help your ideas become a reality. To submit your innovative project idea, please provide:
• Degree program you are enrolled in
• Year you expect to graduate
• A description of the project’s direct alignment to contest criteria through a business plan or formal essay of up to 1,000 words, or a video format of up to 3 minutes. Explain your innovative idea and how you hope to achieve it, and clearly demonstrate how your idea can have a positive impact in our society.
• Renderings, models or photos/video of your prototype will make your idea stand out.
Applications must be received by Nov. 15. Candidate’s submissions will be judged based on relevance to competitive scholarship award criteria. Team submissions are allowed (up to three members). However, team submissions will be judged according to a more rigorous set of standards with an emphasis on implementation of project. Submit your information, or any questions you may have regarding the award, to Student Activities Manager Ashley Wagner at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing more about your innovative ideas.