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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.

2019 Alumni Scholarship Awards Overview

The 2019 application timeline will be announced in mid-September 2018.


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 2017, 78 projects were funded a total of $83,400.

Eligibility: Who can apply?

  • Students must be in their final year at SVA, planning to graduate in Spring 2019 (or Summer 2019 for graduate programs that end in Summer semester 2019). If you are graduating earlier (December 2018), 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 2019 (or Summer 2019 for graduate programs that end in Summer semester 2019).
  • 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 2019 (or Summer 2019 for graduate programs that end in Summer semester 2019).
Please Find Complete Guidelines Here:
Guidelines for the 2019 Awards will be posted in mid-September 2018.

Information on workshops will be posted in mid-September 2018.

Attendance is not mandatory but can be helpful. If you cannot attend due to your schedule or location please contact [email protected] with any questions or to schedule an appointment (in-person or via telephone). 

For Students Outside the New York City Area:
Or if you cannot attend any of the How to Apply sessions offered
Please contact Miranda Pierce for assistance: 
Important Dates:
  • The SlideRoom application portal will be available beginning TBD
  • Applicants will receive notification of award status by e-mail in by TBD
  • Award checks will be distributed in TBD
  • Late, ineligible, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Award recipients’ images (artwork and photographs of recipients) will be retained for promotional purposes. All award winners are required to submit print quality images of their completed projects – evidencing project completion.

Questions? Contact Miranda Pierce:

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2019 Alumni Society Housing Scholarship Award

This scholarship is by invitation only. Eligible incoming students will be invited to apply in early May 2019.

The intent of the Alumni Society Housing Scholarship is to provide on-campus housing for a student who otherwise would commute from home. Two awards 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 scholarships do 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.

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

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 

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

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