Cielo Cortes, New York School of Interior Design
2020 Brinkmann Scholarship, First Place Winner
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Cielo Cortes, New York School of Interior Design
2020 Brinkmann Scholarship, First Place Winner
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Scholarships

Gensler is committed to the education of emerging design talent. The firm has awarded nearly $300,000 in academic scholarships to students and graduates over the last 20 years. Gensler offers two U.S. scholarship opportunities annually for architecture and interior design students.

Read about the 2020 winners here.

RISING BLACK DESIGNERS SCHOLARSHIP + DESIGN CHALLENGE
Applications Open:  October 2020
Applications Close:  January 15, 2021

We believe diversity ignites innovation in design. We believe in bringing people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and points of view to work at Gensler. The Rising Black Designers Scholarship + Design Challenge awards under-represented Black students enrolled in U.S. not-for-profit architecture programs with academic tuition scholarships, micro-scholarships for books and materials, and opportunities for summer internships. Scholarships available amount to $60,000.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Identify as Black or African American
  • Be enrolled in an architecture program
  • Additional requirements based on the scholarship applied for, see details for more information

APPLY HERE

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BRINKMANN SCHOLARSHIP + DESIGN CHALLENGE
Applications Open:  October 2020
Applications Close:  January 15, 2021

The 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. In this spirit, the Brinkmann Scholarship awards students enrolled in U.S. not-for-profit interior design programs with academic scholarships and opportunities for summer internships.

Eligible students must be:

  • Enrolled in an interior design program

APPLY HERE

Submission Guidelines | Email questions to:


PAST FINALIST VIDEOS

Gensler will review submissions and invite a select group of finalists to submit a digital video creatively introducing themselves to the jury and presenting their work. Here is a selection of recent winners.


SELECT GENSLER SCHOLARSHIP ALUMNI

CIELO CORTES
2020 Winner | New York School of Interior Design
"I feel especially honored that the jury chose my submission, but most of all I am grateful to have a firm like Gensler see value in the work that I’ve done."

ZIDA LIU
2020 Winner | University of Southern California
"This scholarship is a tremendous encouragement for me and gives me a chance of introspection. It validates my identity and consolidates my design point of view by encouraging me to rethink who I am. In a way, it makes me more me."

JESSICA MA
2019 Winner | Savannah College of Art & Design
"The Brinkmann scholarship has really restored my confidence and self-esteem as a young designer. Being recognized for my approach towards design has affirmed me to push even further beyond the boundaries of design today."

RULA ZUHOUR
2019 Winner | School of the Art Institute of Chicago
"Winning the Gensler Diversity Scholarship situates me in a place that brings me closer to my ambition to become an effective member in my field. This scholarship marks a leap in my career, as it will give me access to leading expertise and technologies as well as help me utilize those resources for more meaningful design solutions that shape the future of the built environment."

ROSA MCDONALD
2018 Winner | North Carolina State College of Design
"Winning this scholarship opens doors for achieving my professional goals. The experience I gain will be a strong foundation for my future growth and development."

ALEJANDRO FINOL
2018 Winner | Cornell University
"Winning this scholarship validates my decision to study architecture. It has proved to me that the only way to truly succeed is to put yourself out there and show the world who you are."

FARRE NIXON
2017 Winner | University of Pennsylvania
"Gensler has exceptional staff, engaging clientele, and stimulating projects that will challenge and amplify my abilities as an aspiring architect. There is no other place I’d want to be."



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