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Architecture Scholarships

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.

Fellowships for Selected Professions

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).

Association for Women in Architecture Foundation Scholarship, The

Criteria: 1.) Must have completed one year studying architecture, landscape architecture, urban and/or land planning, interior design, environmental design, civil, electrical, mechanical, or structural engineering. 2.) Must be leading toward a college degree. 3.) Must be a resident of California or attending a California School. 4.) Must be enrolled in one of the qualifying majors for the next school term. 5.) Must have completed a minimum of 18 units in their major by the application due date. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://awa-la.org/ for more information and an application form.

AIA Alaska's Scholarship Award

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. Evaluation: 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 Overall ability Financial need

Charles DuBose Scholarships

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

Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship

Scholarship applications are reviewed in April and awards are announced in May. Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible: US Citizen. 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: Academic Performance Academic/Professional Goals Financial Need (ability to pay for college; other financial assistance to be received) Extracurricular Activities 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.

General Scholarships

To qualify, you must be a woman and have COMPLETED at least your first year in architecture; landscape architecture; civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineering as related to architecture; urban and land planning; interior design; environmental design or architectural rendering and illustration. You must be attending a California school or be a California resident attending an out-of-state school. You must be enrolled for the ensuing year. A maximum of ten students will be chosen as finalists. They MUST APPEAR, at their own expense, for a mandatory interview in Los Angeles.

NEWH Las Vegas Chapter Scholarship

Qualifications:  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  Official Transcript  Letters of recommendation from Professor, advisor and/or department head  Letters from industry professionals, employers, etc. Submit all items by mail to: Karen Licea 4022 Dean Martin Drive Las Vegas, NV 89103 (P): 702.883.1383 (E): newh.scholarship@newh.org  

Joseph L. & Vivian E. Steele Architecture Scholarship

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. Eligibility Criteria 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

NEWH Chapters Scholarships

Chapter scholarships are awarded annually based upon the following criteria: Standard Criteria: Attend an accredited institution of higher learning Competition of half of the requirements for a degree or certification in the program currently enrolled Show financial need Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher Have a career objective in one of the areas of the Hospitality Industry, such as Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary/Foodservice, Architecture, Interior Design Provide the following: Student Essay Transcript Letters of recommendation from Dept. Head, Professors, Advisor Letters of recommendation from industry professionals, employers, etc.

Simpson Strong-Tie® Structural Engineering & Construction Scholarship

The Simpson Strong-Tie® Structural Engineering & Construction Scholarship is available to master and doctorate degree students performing research on resilient construction materials or techniques, subject to the requirements listed below. Award of the scholarship is at the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee and their decision is final. REQUIREMENTS: 1. Before the start of the proposed period of study (but not necessarily at the time of application), the applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree from a higher education institution which is accredited by the responsible regional or national agency. 2. At the time of acceptance of the scholarship (but not necessarily at the time of application), the applicant must be accepted for graduate study at a college or university in an engineering, construction, architecture, or materials science program in the area of resilient construction materials or techniques. 3. The proposed faculty member who will direct the applicant’s graduate study during the year in which the scholarship is applied for and awarded must complete and return an appraisal of the student’s capabilities as part of the application process. This faculty advisor must take responsibility for guiding the student’s research program and must ensure the student meets the requirements of the scholarship by preparing and presenting a poster at the FLASH Annual Conference during the year the scholarship is awarded. 4. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the entire application package has been received by FLASH prior to the application deadline. The application package must include: a. A fully-completed application form. The applicant must respond to all questions onthe application form. Do not attach additional sheets. Responses must be typewritten. b. Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate records. c. A statement of appraisal and agreement to direct the applicant’s graduate research program from the proposed faculty advisor.

Home Builders' Association of the GT Area Scholarship Endowment

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.

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