Pillars Scholarship

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Pillars Scholarship

General Scholarship Timeline

  • Call For Applications is made at the end of Winter Quarter (March) each year
  • The deadline to apply is the end of May
  • Awards are given at the end of Spring Quarter (June)
  • Students undertake scholarship activities during the Summer Quarter (July – September)
  • Scholarship recipients present reports in Winter Quarter (February)

Applications for 2017 are now closed. Applications for 2018 open in March.

The NewSchool Foundation Pillars Scholarship provides financial support for NewSchool students whose academic achievement and commitment to the School’s Pillars advances his or her education and the institution’s mission.

The Pillars which support NSAD’s development include:

  • International Commitment

  • Urban Engagement

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Preparation for Practice

Awards are made to students who demonstrate strong academic performance and engagement that reflects the ideals of one or more Pillars.  Awards may cover all or some combination of tuition, travel expenses, participation in research or direct service projects and other activities that help the recipients achieve their educational goals. Awards are made at the end of the Spring Quarter and expected to be used over the Summer Quarter.
Two awards of $1500 are awarded to one Undergraduate and one Graduate student.
Criteria: The scholarship is available to all students who meet the following criteria:
  • For Undergraduate Students:  Completion of a minimum two years of collegiate work with a grade average of at least 3.3;
  • For Graduate Students:  Minimum grade average of 3.5.
All applicants:
  • Submit a maximum 2-page essay describing how the ideals of one or more of the Pillars will be addressed, and how matriculation at NewSchool is supporting your educational and professional goals.
  • Submit the names of two references.  Do not send letters at this time.
Selection process:
The quality of the essay will be the primary criterion for choosing finalists. The qualifications and motivation of applicants should be demonstrated by a thoughtful, competent and well-written proposal.  Interested applicants should communicate their goals, rationale and specific plans as clearly as possible, and identify which Pillars their planned summer activity relates to. Applicants are encouraged to pursue outside opportunities with the goal of supporting and furthering their academic experience.
Scholarship Recipients will give a public presentation on their study or research in the Winter quarter following the completion of their experience.

Click here to download the 2017 application

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Selection:  The NewSchool Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews and recommends scholarship awards based on available funds, the quality of applications and the potential to build NewSchool’s future.


Dr. Steve Altman served as President of NSAD from 2006-2013. His leadership helped the school grow and improve tremendously throughout his tenure. Following his retirement, the Pillars Scholarship was initiated in his honor. Above all, Dr. Altman has always been committed to supporting students and enriching their educational experience.