Interior Design Scholarships

Combine Your Talent with People Skills and Project Management

Interior designers are responsible for making spaces like rooms or offices both convenient for human use and aesthetically pleasing. That includes not only floor plans and choices for furnishings, but also some knowledge of how best to integrate features like lighting and climate control while building. To that end, many designers work with architects.

As an interior design major, you’ll learn the history of Western design, technical illustration, graphic design, lighting, and how to choose materials. You’ll master project management and become expert at working with the other professionals like manufacturers and contractors who will supply the goods and do the construction needed to complete your projects successfully.

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ASID Foundation

The ASID Foundation is the philanthropic offshoot of the American Society of Interior Designers, and it sponsors both scholarships and student design competitions with cash prizes. Here are some examples of the scholarships:

The annual ASID Student Design Award Competition most recently bestowed $2,000 for the most effective design that dedicates an existing building to a new purpose, for example turning a container designed for shipping into housing.

International Furnishings and Design Association Educational Foundation

The International Furnishings and Design Association Educational Foundation (IFDA/EF) currently sponsors six scholarships for interior design majors (related majors in design and furnishings are also acceptable). Applicants must attend accredited schools and have completed at least four design courses. You must submit a reference letter from a teacher and samples of your designs.

These scholarships include:

Scholarships From Colleges

Iowa State University

The College of Design at Iowa State University offers four scholarships exclusively for its design majors:

Meredith College

Meredith College’s interior design program is approved by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, and it provides one scholarship specifically for interior design majors, as well as other awards for which design majors can apply. The Sandra Graham Shelton Talent Scholarship goes to a new first-year interior design major, and may be renewable for all four years for full-time students maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

Indiana University Bloomington

The Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design (AMID) at Indiana University Bloomington has posted a page with a download link for scholarship information. The Dorothy G. Helmer scholarship goes to a junior majoring in interior design whose portfolio has been selected by an independent jury. GPAs of 3.0 in major courses and 2.3 overall are required.

There are also four other scholarships available for AMID majors in general.

Montgomery College

Montgomery College’s Interior Design Program offers the Bhramara Heid & Ann Stillwell Interior Design Scholarship to interior design majors. You must have finished 12 credits in major courses, be able to demonstrate financial need, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and you must be a U. S. citizen.

Mount Mary College

The Interior Design Department at Mount Mary College urges students to compete for the Frederick R. Layton Art Scholarship, which provides as much as $3,000 in tuition aid for new majors in arts and design, including interior design. There is a similar award for current students, and to apply you must have a 3.0 GPA and attend school full-time.

Most colleges that include interior design programs offer some type of scholarship aid, so check with your school’s financial aid office to see what assistance is available in your department.