Architecture scholarships

You’ve got big plans for your future. A scholarship from the Architects Foundation can help you reach them. Every year, the foundation awards thousands of dollars in architecture scholarships to high school students, architecture students in NAAB-accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and Architect Registration Exam (ARE) candidates who are working toward becoming licensed architects.


The Diversity Advancement Scholarship

This multiyear scholarship supports high school and undergraduate minority students who are entering, enrolled in, or transferring into a NAAB-accredited undergraduate architecture program. Scholarships may be renewed every year until your degree is completed, for up to 5 years ($20,000 total award).

The application period for 2018–2019 scholarships is now closed. Recipients will be notified in April 2018.

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The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship

Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA, helped shape the national discourse on women in architecture and design, and this $10,000 scholarship honors her legacy. The scholarship is open to third- and fourth-year women architecture students in a NAAB-accredited undergraduate degree program, as well as women in any level of graduate study in a NAAB-accredited program. In addition to the financial award, recipients also get paired with a senior mentor from Payette for their scholarship year.

The application period for 2018–2019 scholarships is now closed. Recipients will be notified late spring 2018.

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Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

This scholarship is an early career award that honors the memory of Jason Pettigrew, an emerging architect who was working toward licensure. It helps support emerging professionals who are working toward their license with a scholarship that covers the full cost of the ARE (the Architect Registration Exam) as well as study materials.

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More scholarships & support for students

The Architects Foundation is the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects, which offers a few additional architecture scholarships and awards not listed here. Visit the AIA website to explore resources for students and opportunities for recent graduates including one of the industry’s best job boards and free membership.

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