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Since its inception in 1979, the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD), which houses the School of Art + Design and the New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA), has elevated the spirit, stirred the emotions and engaged the intellect of countless talented students who have studied in its undergraduate architecture, digital design, industrial design and interior design degree programs.

To broaden access to the college’s renowned architecture and design curriculum, CoAD is awarding over $200,000 in merit and need-based scholarships to first-year students.

Funded by the university, the State of New Jersey, corporations, private donors and local design firms, the scholarships target students who excel academically and those who are financially in need, ensuring a pathway to attend NJIT at a more affordable cost.

While most of the scholarships are field-relevant and awarded based on universal criteria, like leadership, service, academic and design excellence, others are designated to benefit specific college-bound students.

The $50,000 Hanini Freshman Scholarship, endowed by Newark real estate developer and proud Highlander Samer Hanini (B.Arch. ’99, MIP ’03), will be bestowed upon an incoming freshman architecture student from Essex County. Preference will be given to Newark residents.

Another bequest made possible thanks to the generosity of a CoAD alum is the Columbus Citizen Foundation Freshman Scholarship. Established by alumnus Bob Zampolin ’81, and provided by the Columbus Citizen Foundation, this one-time scholarship awards an incoming first-year architecture student $25,000 toward tuition ($6,250 per year). This scholarship is available to high school seniors of Italian descent, with at least a 3.0 GPA who are from households where the total gross income does not exceed $25,000 per capita.

Dean Anthony Schuman presents first-year digital design student Kaylin Wittmeyer with the Freshman Portfolio Prize.

CoAD also uses the NJIT admission process, which requires prospective students to submit a portfolio of creative work, as an opportunity to assist incoming students financially based on their demonstrated talent.

“We offer a portfolio review at the college during open house events to help students evaluate and assemble their portfolios,” said interim CoAD Dean Anthony Schuman. “We anticipate that these prizes – first and second prizes in both the School of Architecture and the School of Art + Design – will encourage creative students to submit their portfolios as a key element of their application package to NJIT.”

Not only does the $6,800 portfolio prize, which is distributed among four students in the School of Art + Design and NJSOA, put a dent in college living expenses, it also reinforces undergraduates who may be apprehensive about their career path.

“Winning the Freshman Portfolio Prize has really encouraged me to believe that I have chosen the right major, and I am really motivated to keep producing the best artwork I can over the next four years,” said Kaylin Wittmeyer, a first-year digital design major and Honors College student from Wyomissing, Pa., who hopes to someday work in the animation department at Pixar.

First-year architecture student Jui-cheng Wu’s dynamic portfolio of sketches inspired by his hometown of Taipei was NJSOA’s top pick for best portfolio this year. “This is my first portfolio which relates to art,” admitted Wu. “This prize not only gives me a guide of the real world, but it also encourages me to work even harder in the coming days.”

A sketch from first-year architecture student Jui-cheng Wu’s award-winning portfolio

With the exception of the Columbus Citizen Foundation Scholarship, applicants are automatically considered for scholarships upon completion of their applications. First-year students who are offered scholarships must acknowledge acceptance by submitting their tuition deposits by May 1, 2018.

To find out more about CoAD’s robust financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit design.njit.edu/prospective-students.

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