An applicant’s financial need, relative to the cost of the degree programs, is determined from the data submitted on the FAFSA forms. Scholarship awards for full-time students normally range from $1,000 to full tuition. These awards may be supplemented by fellowship funds, campus employment earnings, and federal loans. Awards are not automatically renewed. Students who receive scholarships in their first year must reapply in order to be considered for scholarships in the second year. Returning students must demonstrate continued need and must remain in good academic standing. Any student receiving an institutional scholarship should consider applying for a Federal Stafford Loan.

Named Scholarships

The Sybil Brenner Bernstein Endowed Scholarship

Awarded annually to students in the MA Program who demonstrate exceptional talent for, and love of, the decorative arts.

The Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation Scholarship

Awarded annually to outstanding female PhD candidates.

The Peter Jay Sharp Endowed Scholarship

Awarded annually to outstanding PhD candidates.

The Marilyn M. Simpson Endowed Scholarship

Awarded annually to outstanding PhD candidates.

The Lelya Turcihin Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an MA or PhD student interested in Islamic, ancient, or Asian decorative arts.

Other Types of Assistance

The Alumni/ae Research and Travel Grant

Established in 1996 by the inaugural class of the BGC to support scholarship and research for students and alumni/ae of the BGC’s graduate programs. Continually funded by class gifts and alumni/ae contributions, this grant is awarded annually. Download the forms here.

The Eugenie Prendergast Fund

Established to support student travel expenses associated with researching and writing the MA thesis or doctoral dissertation and conference travel associated with presenting papers. This endowed fund is made possible by a generous grant from Jan and Warren Adelson.

The Academic Program Doctoral Research Fund

Established to help support doctoral students’ expenses related to conference travel and dissertation research. It is funded directly by the BGC.

The Bonnie Cashin Endowed Fund for Study Abroad

Established by the estate of Bonnie Cashin to honor the life and career of this influential fashion designer, this travel fellowship is awarded to BGC students of high promise for the purpose of travel and study abroad in the areas of clothing design and textile and fashion history. Download the forms here.

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