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).
Please review the General Eligibility Criteria below to be sure you are eligible to apply:
Be a current full-time undergraduate (not an incoming Freshman) or graduate student enrolled in a program at an accredited college, university or vocational school, or accredited specialized study program. Part-time students are not eligible.
Must have financial need.
Demonstrate a history of academic achievement. Minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA
Provides tuition support for students attending the architecture school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities is used annually to grant
scholarships to students in need of financial assistance who are in the final three years of a Bachelor of Architecture
program or in a graduate program leading to a Master of Architecture degree.
1. Students who are present/former residents of the following counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clinton,
Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour,
Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Tioga, Union, or York
2. Students studying in the final three years of a Bachelor of Architecture program or in a graduate program
leading to a Master of Architecture degree
3. Financial Need
Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college
Must have completed half the requirements for a degree or certification in the program you are currently enrolled
Must show financial need and have eligible outstanding debt for tuition, books or supplies at time of scholarship award
Must have a 3.0 GPA
Must have a career objective in one of the areas of the Hospitality Industry (i.e., Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary/Foodservice, Architecture, Interior Design, etc.)
Please attach the following:
Student essay, to include:
o Background of yourself and your experience
o Your goals and objectives after graduation
o What prompted you to choose this career
o Do you feel you made a contribution to your school program or fellow students through leadership or participation
o Why is obtaining this scholarship important to you
o If your application is not accepted, what plans do you have for financing
Letters of recommendation from Professor, advisor and/or department head
Letters from industry professionals, employers, etc.
Submit all items by mail to:
4022 Dean Martin Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Architecture students in their fifth year of undergraduate study or in graduate school, enrolled at an educational institution in the United States.
College of Science - Chemistry & College of Engineering - Civil For any man or woman enrolled at SJSU majoring in chemistry, civil engineering or architecture and in need of financial assistance.
Scholarship Value: $5,000 Classifications: Open, Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior Minimum GPA: 2.5 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Mathematics, Architecture Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities, Selected HBCUs and majority institutions (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Scholarship Detail: Gilbane provides a scholarship in the amount of $5,000 after students have successfully completed a paid summer internship. The additional participating institutions are the following: Alabama A & M University, Florida A & M University, Hampton University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, North Carolina A & T State University, Southern University and Tennessee State University. The participating institutions within the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area and the state of Pennsylvania are the following: Drexel University, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: Gilbane Building Company Giving limited to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware.
A one-year $3,000 scholarship available annually to an undergraduate mechanical or architectural engineering student enrolled full-time in a post-secondary educational institution within the geographic boundaries of the New Jersey chapter and/or who has graduated from a high school in the chapter area.
Available to full-time undergraduate engineering or pre-engineering students pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree in a course of study that traditionally has been a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession. Applicants must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale where 4.0 is the highest and/or a class standing of no less than the top 30% and be enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution that meets one of the following:
The institution hosts a recognized ASHRAE student branch or
The program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
For a list of eligible schools or accredited programs recognized by ASHRAE for the purpose of granting a scholarship, click on the links provided above or contact Lois Benedict at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-539-1120 (direct).
Qualified applicants for the ASHRAE Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship now include undergraduate architecture students enrolled full time in a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), attend a school located within the geographic boundaries of ASHRAE
ACI Foundation Fellowships range from $7,000 to $10,000, and are awarded to high-potential undergraduate and graduate students who are studying engineering, construction management, or other related fields of study in the area of concrete. Fellowship applicants must be nominated by a faculty member who is also an ACI member to be considered for these awards. Those students receiving Fellowships also receive paid travel and registration to two ACI Conventions, assignment to an industry mentor, and a summer internship, in some cases. Available Fellowships include the ACI Presidents’ Fellowship, two ACI Baker Student Fellowships, ACI Elmer Baker Student Fellowship, ACI Richard N. White Student Fellowship, ACI BASF Construction Chemicals Student Fellowship, ACI Cagley ACI Student Fellowship, and ACI Charles Pankow Foundation ACI Student Fellowship ACI Richard D. Stehly Memorial Fellowship, and a new Fellowship in honor of the Founders of the ACI Fellowship Program, who are Dan Baker of Baker Construction, Jim and Sharon Cagley and Cagley & Associates, and Tom Verti of Pankow representing the Charles Pankow Foundation.
The American Galvanizers Association’s (AGA) Galvanize the Future: An Edgar K Schutz Memorial Scholarship essay contest was developed to assist future specifiers with the rising cost of a college education. The scholarship is available to full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university in North America studying architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, construction management, material science, or a related field.
Three scholarships are awarded annually ($2,500; $1,500; and $1,000) for the top essays submitted.
Any full- or part-time, undergraduate or graduate student of any age enrolled at an accredited college or university only in North America. High school students are not eligible to enter this contest. Qualifying majors include architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, construction management, material science, or other related field.
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