As an architect major you'll learn how to create and design houses, buildings and other structures. This artistic and dynamic field requires creativity, acute visual awareness and critical thinking and communication skills. It's a competitive field but also one that offers many rewards. In the following paragraphs we'll look at how to become an architect as well as how to pursue the architecture scholarships that may help you realize your dreams.
Most architecture degree programs are designed so that students take mostly liberal arts and science courses at the start of the program. Architects do not design in a vacuum and they need to understand (and be somewhat sympathetic to) the society and culture in which they work. Coursework in art and architecture history, the social sciences and the physical sciences are also commonly encountered in the first two years.
As you begin your core architecture coursework you'll enroll in subjects such as architectural theory and design, engineering mechanics, computer-aided design (CAD), environmental controls, structural design and site design. As one can see, the design courses are the most important component of your core courses. You'll be spending many, many hours in the design studio working (alone or in groups) on your projects.
The majority of architecture undergraduate degree programs are 5-year programs. In addition, you will need to satisfy an internship requirement before you sit for the architecture licensing exam. The length of this required internship varies from state to state with the average length being three years. Be certain that the program you want to attend is accredited by an official educational body, such as the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
The employment prospects for architects are expected to be quite strong over the coming decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the need for architects will increase at a faster then average rate between now and 2020. This increase need will be fueled, in part, by an ever-expanding population. Also, sustainable design and the green movement will contribute to the rising demand. The popularity of sustainability and ecological consciousness may also be reflected in the available architecture scholarships. If you are focusing on one of these areas currently in vogue you may find you have access to a wider range of architecture scholarships.
Follow the links below to learn more about the range of architecture scholarships.
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women in the final year of graduate study in designated fields where women's participation has been low. Women in engineering master's programs are eligible to apply for either first or final year of study. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Special consideration is given to applicants who show professional promise in innovative or neglected areas of research and/or practice in areas of public interest. All women are eligible to apply for fellowships in the following degree programs: architecture (M. Arch.), computer/information sciences (MS), engineering (ME, MS, PhD), mathematics/statistics (MS).
The program assists students in one of the final two years of a professional degree program in architecture and is administered in conjunction with schools accredited by the NAAB or recognized by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Students must be in one of the following: - The third or fourth year of a five-year program resulting in a bachelor of architecture or equivalent degree - The fourth or fifth year of a six-year program (4+2 or other combination) that results in a master of architecture or equivalent degree - The second or third year of a three-to-four year program that results in a master of architecture and whose undergraduate degree is in a discipline other than architecture.
Under this program, annual college scholarships totaling up to $2,000 per applicant will be awarded to Alaska residents currently enrolled in an accredited school of Architecture. Eligible student(s) must be permanent residents of the State of Alaska, and have completed six or more semesters in a program leading to a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture or be enrolled in a Master's Degree in Architecture prior to May 30th of the year of application. The scholarships will be awarded based on overall ability, desire, determination and potential for successfully completing their architectural education and entering into architecture as a profession.
Submittals will be evaluated by a committee made up of a minimum of three (3) AIA Alaska chapter members. Award will be based on:
Potential for completing program and entering the profession of architecture.
Desire and determination
Founded in 1984, NEWH is an international non-profit organization, with 18 chapters and 6 affiliated areas, which links professionals from every facet of the hospitality industry and related fields. The NEWH By-laws state one of the objectives of NEWH is to promote scholarship, education and interest in the Hospitality Industry. To date, NEWH has given $3,00,000.00+ USD in scholarships to young people wishing to pursue careers in the hospitality industry.
The NEWH Icons of Industry Scholarship Award will be based upon the following criteria:
Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college
Must have completed half the requirements for an undergraduate degree or be enrolled in a graduate program
Must show financial need and have eligible outstanding debt for tuition, books or supplies at time of scholarship award in May 5
Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
Must be pursuing a career objective in the area of the Hospitality Industry with an emphasis towards the area(s) of hospitality determined by our ICON (criteria changes annually)
Must have participated in an internship program or similar position
An eligible school is defined as one that is fully accredited and will hold the scholarship moneys in trust for the student to draw down upon on an “as needed” basis without any service charges.
Opens in May with deadline to apply in mid-September. Winner $5,000 scholarship award given at Gold Key Ceremony in New York in November. Honorable mention $3,5000 scholarship award given at HD Expo in Las Vegas the following May. Student travel and lodging paid by NEWH, Inc. winning student must attend award event and have eligible debt at time of award.
Criteria: *Must be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student. *Must be majoring in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Biology, Forestry, Agronomy, Conservation, Plant Pathology, Environmental Concerns, City Planning and/or other allied subjects. *Must be a full-time, currently enrolled student at the school through which application is being made.
Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in architecture, engineering or materials science. 2. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.galvanizeit.org/showContent,358,402.cfm for more information and an application form.
Graduate Study (Option A) 1. Applicants shall (1) have earned and received a first professional degree from an accredited school of architecture (e.g., five-year bachelor of architecture), (2) be in the final year of undergraduate work leading to such a degree (e.g., first or second semester of fifth year), or (3) be in the first year of a two-year graduate program leading to a professional degree (e.g., the first or second semester of the first year of a two-year master of architecture degree program). 2. An applicants seeking Option A shall submit as part of the application a plan listing graduate-level courses that will permit the student to concentrate on the planning and design of health care facilities. If such a course sequence is unavailable at the applicant's university, a specially designed curriculum (including independent study) may be substituted. 3. All applicants for the Fellowship shall have received a degree from or be enrolled in a fully accredited school of architecture located in the United States, Canada, or Mexico. 4. The applicants must exhibit a command of the English language. 5. The applicant's past performance must give a strong indication of the applicant's ability to successfully complete the fellowship. Post-Graduate Students (Options B and C) 1. The applicant shall have earned a professional degree (e.g., five year bachelor of architecture or six-year master of architecture) in architecture. 2. The applicant must be prepared and in position to devote adequate time to complete the proposed research during the allotted period. 3. All applicants for the Fellowship shall have received a degree from or be enrolled in a fully accredited school of architecture located in the United States, Canada, or Mexico. 4. The applicant must exhibit a command of the English language. 5. The applicant's past performance as a student and as a professional architect must give a strong indication of the applicant's ability to successfully complete the fellowship.
Scholarship Value: $7,500Classifications: Undergraduate FreshmanMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Engineering, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Information Systems, Education, Marketing, Communications, Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Political Science, English, Business-Related, Architecture, History, Psychology, Supply Chain Management, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Business Sales , Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Management Information Systems, Construction EngineeringEligible Schools: Bethune-Cookman College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Tuskegee University, Xavier UniversityEligible Locations: OpenScholarship Detail:Toyota is recognized as one of the worldwide leaders within the automobile industry. Toyota has partnered with UNCF to provide scholarship opportunities to students at the targeted institutions. The selected recipients will receive a scholarship in the amount of $7,500. The additional majors include Biomedical Engineering, International Business, Manufacturing Engineering and Network Administration and Public Administration.Apply OnlineDonor/Sponsor Name: Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
West Michigan Minorities In Architecture / Engineering Consortium (WMMIAEC) is pleased to offer several financial assistance grants, in the amount of $1,000, each academic year. Under this program, qualified ethnic minorities and women who are pursuing careers in the architectural, engineering and scientific disciplines may be eligible to receive a $1,000 grant, payable to the educational institution in which they are enrolled. The educational grant may be renewed for qualified recipients on an annual basis; however, grant eligibility will not exceed a total of four years per recipient. Applications for the Grants are reviewed on a quarterly basis; however, we are always collecting applications for the next academic year. - See more at: http://wmmiaec.org/application/#sthash.Fydrlhi0.dpuf
Eligibility does not rest solely on GPA, however, a GPA of 2.5 must be maintained.
For U.S. citizens who: - area a Junior, senior or graduate student in Architecture Program at University of Texas at San Antonio - have completed 59 semester hours or more; - have a 3.0 GPA - are in good academic standing Nominator: AIA Scholarship Committee
Scholarship applications are reviewed in April and awards are announced in May. Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
A full-time undergraduate student at an accredited university (freshman, sophomore or junior student).
Pursuing a major in engineering, architecture, or environmental science.
Student of good character.
Applicants should complete the form on the reverse side and attach a narrative specifically addressing the following topics in the order listed:
Financial Need (ability to pay for college; other financial assistance to be received)
Summary of Previous Military Service, if any
Statement of why applicant should be considered for award
Include other comments to assist selection process.
Narrative should be type written, no more than two pages, and have no more than 8 lines per topic.
The applicant's school counselor, academic advisor, or administrator must endorse each application to verify enrollment. The scholarship will be awarded after college enrollment is confirmed in the school year awarded. The scholarship will be paid directly to the School Registrar.
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