If you have a dream of designing state-of-the-art buildings that will still be standing hundreds of years from now, and you have a true interest in angles and geometry, you will probably make a great architect. If this sounds like something that you are interested in, you need to know how to find some unknown architecture scholarships to help pay for your education. These little known scholarships are abundant once you discover the places that sponsor them.
Begin your search for these unknown architecture scholarships by filling out and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This is available through the financial aid office at the school you will be attending. Ask the financial aid officer specifically about these types of architectural scholarships that are offered through the College of Design at your school.
Once you have done this, you also need to check with the American Institute of Architecture Students. Through this organization, you can apply for the AIAS/AIA Trust Scholarship for Emerging Professionals, the American Architectural Foundation Scholarship, the ZGF Scholarship Program, the Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. Student Scholarship Program, the Student Research Fellowship in Accessible Transportation, the Rieger Graham Prize, the CAFM Scholarship Program, the Rotch Traveling Scholarship, the BSA Research Grants in Architecture, The Association of Women in Architecture Foundation Scholarship, and the Gensler Scholarship.
Of these unknown scholarships for architecture students, the AIAS/AIA Scholarship is worth $750, and six prizes will be awarded. The American Architectural Foundation Scholarship actually includes numerous architecture scholarships that are awarded in varying amounts. The ZGF Scholarship, which is the Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP Scholarship, is worth $10,000, which is awarded annually to a student in a Master’s program. The Simpson Strong-Tie Company Scholarship awards 53 architectural scholarships in the amount of $1000 each. The Student Research Fellowship in Accessible Transportation awards a $3000 stipend.
The Rieger Graham Prize awards the winner a three month fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and covers travel fees, academy fees, and a stipend, as well as room and board. The Rotch Traveling Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $35,000, and the winner will spend eight months traveling around the world. The BSA Research Grants in Architecture are awarded as follows: $10,000 for individuals, collaborative teams, and organizations, $2000 for students, $10,000 for research studio projects, and one $40,000 award for a significant research project. The Gensler Scholarships include the Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship and the Gensler African American Internship and Architecture Scholarship Program.
While some of these unknown college scholarships in architecture are available for new architecture students, some are reserved for those who are entering a Master’s Degree program, or those who are already working professionally. It is important to find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for the architecture scholarships that you will apply for.
Additionally, you can intern at a local architecture firm during the summers, while you are in high school, and there is a good chance that the firm will award you with a little known architecture scholarship to help pay for your education as well, if you’ve made a good impression on the firm.
The deadlines in applying to all of these scholarships in architecture students will vary for each scholarship program. The requirements for eligibility are different for each program as well, and you can get that information through the American Institute of Architecture Students at http://www.aias.org.