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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).

The NAHB Professional Women in Building Strategies for Success Scholarship

The NAHB Professional Women in Building Strategies for Success Scholarship Fund encourages students to further their education in housing industry related programs. It was initiated in 2001 by NAHB Professional Women in Building Past National President Deborah Ferland and Austin Ferland and is supported through the generosity of Professional Women in Building members, individuals, and corporations.Up to $2,000 can be awarded to a full time student pursuing education in a building-related course of study, such as construction management, construction technology, civil engineering, architecture, design, or any of the trade specialties at the college or university they attend. The scholarship award may be used to pay tuition, fees, and/or books.

The Vectorworks Design Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY Nemetschek Vectorworks values the different backgrounds and experiences that comprise the next generation of designers. We strive to provide funding to as many students as possible through a variety of scholarship options; however, a limited number of scholarships are issued each year. The is designed to meet the needs and qualifications of a variety of students. At the time of submission, scholarship applicants must be: 1) enrolled or accepted for enrollment in undergraduate or graduate studies for six or more credits at an accredited college or university, and 2) pursuing a design-oriented degree. Such degrees include, but are not limited to, architecture, engineering, construction, environmental design, urban design, urban planning, interior design, graphic design, landscape architecture, landscape design, lighting design, industrial design, machine design, theater design, scenic design, event planning, exhibit design, and woodworking.

Toyota/UNCF Scholarship

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.

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).

ICSC CenterBuild Scholarship

Representatives from the scholarship committee of the successful ICSC CenterBuild Conference*, have agreed to endow one or more scholarships with the ICSC Foundation for a graduate student at Arizona State University enrolled in the Master of Real Estate Development program or an undergraduate student majoring in planning, architecture, interior design, construction management, engineering, landscape architecture or real estate development. CenterBuild supporters are enthusiastic when it comes to contributing to the next generation of students, leaving their legacy.*The ICSC CenterBuild Conference is a specialty conference dedicated to the issues of planning development, design and construction of shopping centers and retail stores.

C.E. Bernhauer Jr. Scholarship Foundation

Eligibility: The program is open to individuals interested in pursuing or furthering a career in the architectural millwork industry. A written recommendation from a previous academic instructor or employer should accompany the application. Application may be made by students entering or continuing enrollment in a university, state or private college, community college, or trade school, or from individuals already working in the industry. Applicants must: • Be in their senior year of high school, or • Be employed and maintain employment during the educational period, or • Be currently enrolled in a state college/university, private or community college, or a trade school. Basis of Award Selection of a recipient will be on an achievement or merit basis as determined by transcripts and moral and leadership qualities. Finalists will undergo a personal interview (by phone if necessary). The amount of monies available will be determined at the time a recipient is chosen. Scholarship monies will be distributed directly to the school of the student’s choice upon receiving proof of enrollment; however they must be distributed within two years of award or they will be forfeited. Application Submittal and Deadline The application deadline is April 1 for scholarships awarded in May/June.

Advancement of Construction Technology Scholarship at Central Maine Community College

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 Central Maine Community College pursuing a career in architectural/engineering technologies, building construction, or mechanical drafting. Scholarship Amount: $500 How is scholarship awarded: Based upon above criteria and two written references. Application process: At the Financial Aid Office of Central Maine Community College. 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.

Advancement of Construction Technology Scholarship at the University of Maine System

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.

ASHRAE Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship

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 (see website) or contact Lois Benedict at lbenedict@ashrae.org or call 678-539-1120 (direct). A one-year $3,000 scholarship available annually to an undergraduate pre-engineering, engineering or architecture student enrolled full-time in a post-secondary educational institution within the geographic boundaries of ASHRAE Region IV (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia) provided at least one of the following criteria is met: The institution hosts a recognized ASHRAE Student Branch or The program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) www.abet.org or the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) www.naab.org

Thomas S. Waller Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship is named for an industry leader who devoted more than 40 years to the fire protection industry. Passionate about the industry, Tom Waller was dedicated to the value of education, and was determined in his efforts to provide educational opportunities for young people. After his death in 2005, the American Fire Sprinkler Association decided that the best way to honor his memory would be to establish a scholarship in his name, and the scholarship is sponsored jointly by AFSA and the Center for Life Safety Education. The Waller Scholarship is funded through donations by individuals and companies.Award:One scholarship for $4,000 is awarded annually.Eligibility:Eligible applicants for the Thomas S. Waller Memorial Scholarship must be Juniors or Seniors and enrolled in the Fire Protection & Safety Technology program in the College of Engineering, Architecture & Technology at Oklahoma State University.

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