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.
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.
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.
Established by Staab Construction CorporationEligibility: A graduating senior of a high school within the geographic service area of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation or within 30 miles of Marshfield who intends to major in a construction related field in any university or technical college.Application: Available from the Marshfield Area CommunityFoundation.
Scholarship recipient must be a full-time student, in a design-related degree program. Scholarship recipient will be selected by the IFDA Educational Foundation Board based on the student's academic achievement, future plans and goals. Data will be supplied in this application, the student's essay and the letter of recommendation from the professor or instructor.
GPA Min: 3.00
Specific Major: Architecture, Interior Design
Applicant must be one of the following:
1. A senior high school student who will be an incoming college freshman student with a minimum non-weighted cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, OR a minimum score of ACT 22 OR SAT [verbal / critical reading and math] 1030 OR GPA designated by specific endowment;
2. A College student presently enrolled in an accredited college / university who has maintained a "B" average [3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale] during his / her college career OR GPA designated by specific scholarship;
3. A College student applying for graduate scholarship must have GPA of 3.50 on 4.00 scale or higher and enrolled in a US accredited college / university;
4. A student returning to accredited college / university after period of absence from school must have at least a GPA of 3.00 on 4.00 scale;
5. Enrolled for training in a technical school or any person returning to school after an absence to retrain job skills or obtain a degree. [Post secondary students at any educational level];
6. Enrolled in an online course through an Accredited College / University / Vocational school or an accredited program by an accredited agency to be eligible for online tuition credit.
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.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in the field of application. Applicants must also have been working in the field for at least seven years and currently be practicing in the field. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
Chapter scholarships are awarded annually based upon the following 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:
Letters of recommendation from Dept. Head, Professors, Advisor
Letters of recommendation from industry professionals, employers, etc.
Completed at least one academic year of architectural studies
Enrolled in an accredited school in Rhode Island as an architectural major pursuing the study of architecture
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