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SVA Alumni Society provides a wide variety of scholarships and awards to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in all majors offered by the College. Information about how to apply for select awards, including awards distributed through the Alumni Scholarship Awards program and the Housing Scholarship Award program, is available here.

See the menus below (scroll down) for general information about both the Alumni Scholarship Awards and Housing Award programs.

2015 Alumni Scholarship Awards Overview

Each year several Alumni Scholarship Awards and Named Fund Awards are distributed to final year undergraduate and graduate students to aid the completion of final projects: thesis, portfolio, or components of final projects. These cash awards are intended to cover project expenses, and range from $500 to $2,000, depending on the project budget total (exception: Arkell Award qualifiers can request up to $5,000). Applications are reviewed and rated by an alumni panel whose recommendations are approved by The Alumni Society Board of Directors. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to qualify for these awards. In 2014, 41 projects were funded a total of $60,000. 

Eligibility: Who can apply?

  • Students must be in their final year at SVA, planning to graduate in Spring 2015 (or Summer 2015 for graduate programs that end in Summer semester 2015). If you are graduating earlier (December), please contact the Alumni Affairs office to confirm your eligibility.
  • Students must be fully matriculated (BFA, MFA, MPS, MA and MAT candidates), in any major, whose final project will be completed by Spring semester 2015 (or Summer 2015 for graduate programs that end in Summer semester 2015).
  • Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
 Funding: What can you apply for?
  •  Support for the direct costs of completing final projects: thesis, portfolio, or components thereof.
  • All projects must be completed by the end of Spring semester 2015 (or Summer 2015 for graduate programs that end in Summer semester 2015).
 How to Apply: Please attend a “How to Apply” workshop:
Located @ 136 West 21st Street, 8th Floor, Room 830F
  • Tuesday, October 28th 4-5pm
  • Wednesday, November 5th 4-5pm
  • Tuesday, November 18th 10-11am
  • Monday, November 24th 10-11am
Application Deadline:
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:59pm
  • The SlideRoom portal will be available beginning October 1, 2014
  • Applicants will receive notification of award status by e-mail in February, 2015.
  • Award checks will be distributed in early March 2015.
  • Award recipients’ images will be retained for promotional purposes and all award winners will be asked to submit print quality images of their completed projects – evidencing project completion.

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2014 Fall Alumni Society Housing Scholarship Overview

The 2014 cycle is closed. 

Please see below for an overview.

The intent of the Alumni Society Housing Scholarship is to provide on-campus housing for a student who otherwise would commute from home. One award will be given, and will cover the cost of on-campus housing for the duration of study at SVA (not to exceed four years). The scholarship does not cover the cost of meals, and all applicants must be able to cover the costs of food and other out-of-pocket living expenses. The scholarship does not cover the required housing deposit and placement fee (the deposit is refundable, the placement fee is non-refundable).

Please note: eligible Housing Scholarship applicants are pre-selected from applicants already accepted to SVA for the Fall semester, based on the following criteria:

  • Incoming freshman (non-transfer student)
  • Home address is within 100 mile radius from zip code 10010
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (as on file with the College Office of Admissions)
  • Demonstrated financial need

The final award decision will be based on a combination of individual merit and financial need, as demonstrated in a personal essay, a portfolio review, letters of recommendation and select finalist interviews – independent of the College’s admissions process. Financial need will be verified by the Office of Financial Aid, but special circumstances may be addressed in the applicant’s personal essay.

The scholarship is renewable after freshman year for each of the subsequent three years of attendance at SVA, not to exceed four full academic years. Annual renewal of the scholarship is dependent on maintaining full-time enrollment and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The intent is to allow the recipient to live on campus during their entire full-time matriculation period at SVA. There is no application fee for the Alumni Society Housing Scholarship.

Complete application guidelines and instructions will be provided to eligible applicants in the email inviting them to apply.

  • Required application materials will include the following:
    • Basic Applicant Information
    • Written Personal Essay
    • Work Sample/Portfolio Submission
    • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation


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