Supporting the College

Design Student Scholarship Funding

Most College of Design students demonstrate financial need, and most financial aid comes in the form of student loans or student employment. In-state tuition at Iowa State has increased more than 150 percent during the last two decades, and the average debt load for graduates continues to rise. Alumni and friends can help by creating an endowed, annually funded, or one-time scholarship. Your generous support will change a student's life, and help to keep an ISU College of Design education affordable.

Scholarship Gift Opportunities
The college seeks funds for scholarships for three design student constituencies:

  • Participants in the College of Design Rome Program
  • First-year students admitted to the Core Design Program,
  • Students from diverse backgrounds.

Rome Program scholarships would cover the differential cost of studying for a semester in Rome compared to the cost of living in Ames. 

Examples of scholarships recently established in these areas are highlighted below.

Debra I. Furman Pulver and Robert G. Pulver Study Abroad Scholarship
Debra Pulver (BA 1981 Interior Design) and her husband, Robert, established this expendable scholarship fund to support undergraduate interior design students participating in a study abroad program, with preference given to those participating in the College of Design's Rome Program. Three $7,000 scholarships are awarded annually, with at least one going to an Iowa resident.  

Chi and Pam Chiu Design Scholarship
Chi Chiu (BA 1977 Architecture) and his wife, Pam, established this annual scholarship fund to assist with student recruitment. Two $1,250 scholarships each year will support students in the freshman Core Design Program prior to their admittance to a professional degree program.  

Arvid and Gayle Osterberg Design Scholarship
Arvid Osterberg, ISU professor of architecture, and his wife, Gayle, established this endowed scholarship fund based on their commitment to the concept of inclusive design for all people. In even-numbered years, the $1,000 award will be given to a student majoring in architecture, while in odd-numbered years, the award will go to a student majoring in any discipline (including architecture) within the College of Design.

Learn More
To learn more about establishing or contributing to an annual, endowed or one-time scholarship fund, please contact Jenni Cushman, College of Design development director, (515) 294-6984. If you're ready to make a gift now, you can do so easily online. Thank you for your support.