AIA Chicago Foundation Diversity Scholarship

As a part of AIA Chicago’s 150th anniversary celebration, the AIA Chicago Foundation has launched the AIA Chicago Foundation Diversity Scholarship Initiative: An opportunity to attract and retain diverse, talented young professionals in Chicago, recognizing the value of new and unique voices in the profession. One $10,000 graduate scholarship and one $10,000 undergraduate scholarship will be awarded each year. 


Donate to the Diversity Scholarship Fund here.


Meet Asiye Yükselen, edwin casas, and roberto quiroz, our 2020 scholarship recipients.


GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP - $10,000

The Graduate Scholarship is a design scholarship established to increase diversity* within the architectural profession by aiding an incoming or currently enrolled graduate student attending a Chicago-based college of architecture. The five-thousand-dollar ($5,000) scholarship toward tuition will be awarded annually to a single recipient for a total of ten thousand dollars ($10.000)**.

The award will not be administered until after the student has been enrolled and has completed one (1) semester of the graduate program.

To help the scholarship recipient establish contacts within the profession, the recipient will be assigned a mentor from AIA Chicago for the scholarship years.

Eligibility:

  • Incoming or enrolled in a NAAB accredited master’s degree program in architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago or the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Demonstrate and show proof of financial need
  • Demonstrate creative potential
  • Fulfill diversity requirements

Submission Requirements:

  • Portfolio
  • A one-page resume
  • Submit FAFSA form (if you are considered a dependent) or your most recent tax document (if you are considered independent)
  • 500-1000-word statement which addresses fulfillment of diversity requirements as stated below
  • Submit a two - three-minute video statement discussing Why architecture, your future career plans and why you should be AIA Chicago Foundation’s choice for 2020 Diversity Scholarship.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation; one letter must be from a professor or an employer from a firm related to the practice of architecture or built environment and should address your potential as an architect

Finalists for the scholarship will be interviewed by AIA Chicago Foundation Board member(s).

Submission Deadline: April 2020

Interviews via Skype: May 2020

Notifications: May 2020

The scholarship recipient will be recognized at the annual AIA Annual Holiday Party and will be featured in Chicago Architect magazine.

* The American Institute of Architects recognizes that diversity enhances our membership, our profession, and the quality of life in our communities. Our programs and initiatives shall reflect the society that we serve, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or religious practices. AIA strives to ensure equal access to professional degrees in architecture for those who are underrepresented in our profession.

**Assumes recipient is enrolled in a two (2) or three (3) year master's program.

Questions: Allison Garwood Freedland, afreedland@aiachicago.org

Preview application questions here.

Applications are closed for 2020.


UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP - $10,000

The Undergraduate Scholarship is an academic scholarship established to increase diversity* within the architectural profession by aiding a current undergraduate student or student transferring into the B.Arch program at the Illinois Institute of Architecture or the BS program in Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The five thousand-dollar ($5,000) scholarship toward tuition will be awarded annually to a single recipient for a total of ten thousand dollars ($10,000)**.

To help the scholarship recipient establish contacts within the profession, the recipient will be assigned a young professional mentor from AIA Chicago for the scholarship years.

Eligibility:

  • Current undergraduate student or transfer student entering their 3rd or 4th year of an architecture program at Illinois Institute of Technology or University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Fulfill diversity requirements

Submission Requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Submit FAFSA form
  • One-page statement which addresses fulfillment of diversity requirements as stated below
  • Three (3) portfolio images accompanied by brief descriptions
  • Submit a two (2) - three (3) minute video statement clearly answering both questions “Why Architecture?” and “Why I should be AIA Chicago Foundation’s choice for the 2020 Diversity Scholarship
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation; one letter should address your potential as an architect

Finalists for the scholarship will be interviewed by AIA Chicago Foundation Board member(s).

Submission Deadline: March 20, 2020

Interviews via Skype: April 2020

Notifications: May 2020

The scholarship recipient will be recognized at the annual AIA Annual Holiday Party and will be featured in Chicago Architect magazine.

* The American Institute of Architects recognizes that diversity enhances our membership, our profession, and the quality of life in our communities. Our programs and initiatives shall reflect the society that we serve, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or religious practices. AIA strives to ensure equal access to professional degrees in architecture for those who are underrepresented in our profession.

**Assumes recipient is enrolled in a four (4) or five (5) year undergraduate program.

Questions: Allison Garwood Freedland,  afreedland@aiachicago.org

preview application questions here.

Applicaitons are closed for 2020.

Thank you to the following individuals, firms and organizations that have made generous contributions in order to make this scholarship possible: