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CFA Design Scholarship Application Requirements



Applications must be received on March 15th by 5:00 pm EST. No exceptions.


Application Requirements

A complete application includes the application, a portfolio and two letters of recommendation. All aspects of the application must be submitted both electronically (PDF) and in hardcopy. Visit the Submission Instructions section for details.


Application Form
The Cover Page Form must be placed on the front of hardcopy submissions. Click here to download the application form.


The portfolio should include three student projects as examples of work. Submissions of collaborative projects where the applicant's role is not clear are discouraged. As with all aspects of the application, the portfolio must be submitted in hardcopy and as a PDF document. PDF documents may not exceed 5 MB.*


*Applicants may choose to submit an additional PDF that is larger than 5 MB.  This second PDF MUST be zipped. Do not submit slides.


Two Letters of Recommendation
All letters of recommendation, both electronic and hardcopy versions, must be signed and on letterhead.

  1. One letter must be written by the nominating dean or chair. This letter will serve as the Dean’s official nomination. Students cannot be nominated for both the CFA Design and Allwork scholarships.
  2. One letter must be written by a faculty member familiar with the applicant's work.
  3. Optional: The applicant may submit up to two more academic or professional references from an educator and/or design professional testifying to achievement and professional promise demonstrated through academic or professional work in an office environment.


• There is no entry fee.
• A self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) is required if applicants would like work samples returned. If a SASE does not have correct postage, the submission will not be returned. For students in New York City, the portfolio will also be available for pick-up.