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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.

2020 Alumni Scholarship Awards Overview

The 2019-2020 award cycle will be announced in September 2019.


Final year undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for Alumni Scholarship Awards and Named Fund Awards 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. BFA Film majors only-working in narrative film- 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 2019, 68 projects were funded a total of $62,000.

Eligibility: Who can apply?

  • Students must be in their final year at SVA, planning to graduate in Spring 2020 (or Summer 2020 for graduate programs that end in Summer semester 2020). If you are graduating earlier (December 2019), 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 2020 (or Summer 2020 for graduate programs that end in Summer semester 2020).
  • 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 2020 (or Summer 2020 for graduate programs that end in Summer semester 2020).
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Guidelines will be updated in September 2019

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2020 Alumni Society Housing Scholarship Award

This scholarship is by invitation only. Eligible incoming students will be invited to apply in early May 2020.

The intent of the Alumni Society Housing Scholarship is to provide on-campus housing for a student who otherwise would commute from home. The award 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 may not be deferred. The scholarship does not cover summer housing.

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 25 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

Questions about eligibility or the application process? Please contact Miranda Pierce: [email protected]

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