AIA Chicago Foundation Diversity Scholarship

AIA Chicago Foundation Diversity Scholarship Initiative, managed by the AIA Chicago Foundation, is an opportunity to attract and retain diverse, talented young professionals in Chicago and recognizes the value of new and unique voices in the profession. One $10,000 graduate scholarship and one $10,000 undergraduate scholarship is awarded each year. 

Application deadline extended through May 10, 2022.


Donate to the Diversity Scholarship Fund here.


Congratuations to William Manzanilla and Hsu Myat Aung our 2021 Scholarship Recipients heading to iit.

   

                   William Manzanilla                                              Hsu Myat Aung


 

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. A five-thousand-dollar ($5,000) scholarship toward tuition will be awarded for two years 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 mentor from AIA Chicago for the scholarship years.

Eligibility:

  • Graduate student entering 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 in the fall of 2022 with at least two years remaining.
  • Demonstrate and show proof of financial need
  • Demonstrate creative potential
  • Fulfill diversity requirements

Submission Requirements:

  • Portfolio - Group work accepted, but applicant must demonstrate their contribution
  • 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.
  • Submit a two - three-minute video statement discussing 1) why architecture. 2) your future career plans and how they will have an impact on Chicago 3) why you should be AIA Chicago Foundation’s choice for 2022 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.

Submission Deadline: May 3, 2022

Virtual Interviews: May/June 2022

Notifications: June 2022

The scholarship recipient will be recognized at AIA Chicago award celebrations 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 the first year of a two (2) year program or the first or second year of a (3) year program at the schools listed above.

Questions: Allison Garwood Freedland, afreedland@aiachicago.org

Preview application questions here.

Apply now.


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:

  • 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 in the fall of 2022.
  • 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.
  • Three (3) portfolio images accompanied by brief descriptions. Group work accepted, but applicant must demonstrate their contribution.
  • Submit a two - three-minute video statement discussing 1) why architecture. 2) your future career plans and how they will have an impact on Chicago 3) why you should be AIA Chicago Foundation’s choice for 2022 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.

Submission Deadline: May 3, 2022

Virtual Interviews: May/June 2022

Notifications: June 2022

The scholarship recipient will be recognized at the AIA Chicago award celebrations 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.

Apply Now.

 

Thank you to our high level donors!  

$ 20,000

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Gensler
Goettsch Partners
HOK
Perkins + Will
SCB

 

$10,000

Legat Architects
Stantec
SOM
 

 

$5,000 +

Bulley & Andrews
Jocarno Fund
Wheeler Kearns Architects
 

For a full list of our scholarship donors, click here.

The Diversity Scholarship is made possible in part by a grant from AIA National.