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Financial Assistance and Scholarships

The Design Lab will consider requests for financial assistance scholarships based on demonstrated need, student motivation and creative and academic merit.

Design Camp applicants will be able to apply for financial assistance scholarships within our online Design Camp application, which will go live on January 29, 2020. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is March 4, 2020.

Apply for Financial Assistance

Those requesting a financial assistance scholarship are required to submit these items no later than March 4, 2020:

  • A statement of need from the parent/guardian, explaining the circumstances surrounding the student’s financial need (to be submitted within the Design Camp online application, on the Financial Assistance form)
  • A statement of interest from the student, demonstrating their motivations for attending camp, and what he or she hopes to gain from the experience (to be submitted within the Design Camp online application, on the Student Information form)
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor attesting to the applicant’s creative potential and academic achievement and integrity (to be emailed from the teacher or guidance counselor’s school email address to designlab_k12@ncsu.edu with the subject line reading “FA Recommendation for [Student’s First and Last Name]”).

Scholarship funds are provided by the Marvin and Cindy Malecha Dream Scholarship Fund and the Design Lab for K–12 Education Foundation Fund.

Deposit

All financial assistance/scholarship applicants are required to pay the $100 deposit. You will be instructed to submit your deposit upon applying to Design Camp. Financial Assistance applicants who, for any reason, are not given a spot or cancel their registration by May 6 will receive a full refund, including the $100 deposit.

Application Deadline for Financial Assistance: March 4!

All financial assistance/scholarship applications and materials must be submitted by March 4, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Design Camp is funded solely by program fees, and so the Design Lab has a limited amount of financial assistance and scholarship fee waivers to allocate each year. Therefore, we are not able to accommodate requests submitted after the deadline.

Financial Assistance Awards

Financial assistance scholarship awards come in the form of fee waivers, covering a portion of the applicant’s Design Camp fees. All financial assistance applicants will be required to pay the $100 deposit upon applying for camp and will be required to pay any remaining balance after the financial assistance waiver by May 6, 2020. If you will be in need of more than partial tuition fee support, we strongly encourage you to seek out additional scholarships that support students attending pre-college programs. Please keep in mind that we do not provide financial assistance to cover travel or day camp lodging.

Financial assistance/scholarship notifications will be sent out in early April. The remainder of the tuition fee owed must be postmarked by May 6, 2020. Payment may be made by check, money order or credit card. Checks can be made payable to NC State.

Special Thanks to Our Donors

Without the generosity of its donors, it would not be possible for the Design Lab to offer financial assistance and scholarships to so many aspiring design students in need each year. If you are interested in making a donation to help send a student in need to Design Camp, please visit our Support page.