Design scholarships


Portfolio Scholarship COMPETITION

The Department of Design is pleased to announce the 2024-2025 Design Scholarship Competition. The competition is open to all degree seeking, undergraduate students attending Winthrop University for the first time (freshman and transfer students) during the 2024-2025 academic year. Students must declare a major within the Department of Design: Experience Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, or Illustration.

Scholarship amounts will vary based on the decision of the Design Scholarship Committee. Students selected for an award have the opportunity to renew their scholarship for up to three years after the initial award year providing they remain in good academic standing as a full-time student in the Department of Design. Out-of-state students selected for this award are eligible to receive the scholarship   amount in addition to an out-of-state tuition waiver (valued at $14,330 for the 2024-2025 academic year).

This scholarship is contingent on admission to Winthrop University. An online application can be found at Acceptance of this award does not impact eligibility for other Winthrop academic scholarships offered by the Office of Admissions.


Priority Submission Deadline Date:

February 1st, 2024

Submission of a digital portfolio for review and critique by our internationally acclaimed faculty is open to students planning to pursue degrees in Design. Awards will be disseminated on a rolling basis until available funds are exhausted.


    • Prospective students should submit a Letter of Intent (250 words) stating which degree program they are interested in and why.
    • Include 7–10 Images of your work. Images can include black & white, color, mixed media, two-dimensional and three-dimensional work.
    • All portfolios must be submitted as multi-page PDFs. Please include your Letter of Intent as the first page of your PDF portfolio. Don’t forget to add your name and contact information in your Letter of Intent. Portfolios may not exceed 10MB.


Notification of Awards:

The first round of scholarship notifications will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks after the February 1st priority deadline. Remaining award amounts will be disseminated until available funds are exhausted.


Questions about the Design Scholarship Competition?

Contact Sangwon Sohn