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).
Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the STEM Majors Application
Criteria: 1. Must be a minority. 2. Must be female. 3. Must be entering their final year of graduate study in fields such as architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, mathematics, business administration, law, and medicine. 4. Must have potential as a practicing professional and promise as a role model in new or innovative or non traditional fields of study, research or practice. 5. Must have the intent to contribute to societal well being and commitment to the advancement of women. 6. Must demonstrate financial need. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.aauw.org/fga/fellowships_grants/selected.cfm for more information and an application form.
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.
Selection Criteria: * Attending five-year accredited college or university offering Architecture * Completed two years of BArch Program * Architecture major * Connecticut connection * Financial need * Academic excellence
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
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 Official Transcript
Letters of recommendation from Professor, advisor and/or department head
Letters from industry professionals, employers, etc.
Submit all items by mail to:
5646 Milton St #213
Dallas TX 75206
Award: Grant(s) of up to $30,000 Purpose: Advanced study in any area of architectural investigation which will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation. Eligibility: Applicants must be engaged in the profession of architecture or a related field and have a professional background more advanced than five years of architectural training or its equivalent.
This fund provides scholarships for area residents pursuing or continuing education in the building trades, with emphasis to HBA members, their employees and their children.The Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area, Inc., chartered in 1970, is a professional trade association encompassing the Michigan counties of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau, whose members are licensed, where applicable, for the purpose of constructing quality housing, providing associated services and utilizing progressive technologies. The Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area, Inc., is an affiliate of the Michigan Association of Home Builders and National Association of Home Builders.
Available to residents from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska or Leelanau Counties who are pursuing continuing education related to the home building industry.
John and Betty Becker are interested in assisting students that hope to improve their career path by attaining a certificate or degree in computer information systems architecture engineering and construction technology manufacturing technology engineering or engineering technology. They desire to provide an opportunity to individuals who are highly motivated to gain an education that will provide rewarding employment opportunities.
1. Applicant must attend the Larimer County Campus
2. Applicants must plan to pursue a certificate or degree program in one of the vocational, occupational or technical programs
3.Applicants must be enrolled in 12 credit hours or more
4. Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 GPA
5. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, in essay, letters of recommendation, and FAFSA score
Who is Eligible?
College students with good academic standing after one year, with active involvement in a career or industry organization or association. Award goes to Maine Resident attending any University of Maine System campus pursuing a career in architectural or engineering technologies.
Scholarship Amount: $1,000 minimum (depending upon proceeds from endowment)
How is scholarship awarded: Based upon above criteria and two written references.
Application process: At the Financial Aid Office of any campus of the University of Maine System.
When can I apply for the scholarship? On or after January 1st each year.
What is application deadline? Completed applications must be received by date established by Financial Aid Office.
Number of Scholarships Awarded: One or more based on income from endowment.
Special Qualifications: • Applicants must be pursuing a bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering, or Construction Management. • Applicant must plan to attend Marquette Univ, MSOE, UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-Milwaukee, or UW-Stout.Requirements:# Transcripts# ACT or SAT# ReferencesOther Requirements: • This scholarship is available to students in Brown, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca and Waushara Counties.Renewable: YesRenewal Criteria: GPA of 2.5+
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