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The Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship was established as a memorial to Don Brinkmann, an inspirational and gifted interior designer who personified the essence of design, vision, and leadership.


Students enrolled at a U.S. not-for-profit educational institution who will begin their final year of an interior design program in the Fall of 2024 are eligible to apply.*
Apply Online
Applicants for the scholarship must complete the following no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on March 1, 2024.
*Current employees and recent former employees, as well as their immediate families and those Gensler deems to present conflicts of interest, are ineligible to participate. For any questions, please reach out to .

Submission Requirements for Scholarship

Complete an online application which includes:
A Letter of Recommendation from the dean or chair of the interior design program. The letter must confirm that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria and describe their professional excellence.
Complete the Design Challenge — directions below.
One advanced-level interior design project with written description (500 words and 10 pages, maximum). Work done with a single partner may be submitted, but it must include a description of the applicant’s specific contribution and a letter of support from the applicant’s collaborative partner.
Finalists for the Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship will be invited to submit a digital video that introduces themselves to the jury and presents their work — directions below.

Design Challenge

Answer one of the four prompts below with a sketch
Write a brief explanation to describe your sketch
Upload it, along with your resume, portfolio, and letter of recommendation
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Finalist Video Submission

Gensler will review submissions for the scholarships and select several finalists to submit a digital video that introduces themselves to the jury and presents their work. Based on these videos, we will select one or more winners to receive an academic scholarship. Winners and finalists may also be considered for a paid internship at a Gensler office, where they will be paired with a Gensler mentor who will serve as a resource during the internship and ensuing academic year. Applicants will be notified in April of their standing.