AIA Chicago Foundation Graduate Diversity Scholarship

  • Deadline: 04/15/2023
  • Renewable: Unknown
  • Number of Awards: 2
  • Award Amount: $10,000
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  • Phone: 312-670-7770
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  • Address: 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60601

Due to the fact that AIA Chicago is celebrating its 150th anniversary, the AIA Chicago Foundation offers a scholarship for talented young professionals in Chicago.

The scholarship awards are $10,000 for a graduate and $10,000 for an undergraduate student each year.

Full Description

The eligible undergraduate students for this amazing scholarship must be going into their third or fourth year
and enrolled in or 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.

AIA scholarship is especially designed for students who want to reach professional degrees in architecture but are underrepresented in this profession.

So, it wants to make all people equal, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or religion.

Who's eligible?

There are certain eligibility requirements that has to be fulfilled when applying for this scholarship and all the applications that do not meet these criteria will be rejected.

The applicant has to be incoming or enrolled in a NAAB accredited master’s degree program in architecture at either Illinois Institute of Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago or the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Also, he/she needs to demonstrate the proof of financial need as well as his/her creative potential.

Lastly, he/she will need to fulfill diversity requirements so as to be eligible for this scholarship.

How to Apply

Once you get acquainted with the eligibility requirements and believe that you met them all, you should apply for this scholarship.

In the application process you should provide your portfolio with your works, showing your development, a one-page resume and a one-page statement which addresses fulfillment of diversity requirements.

You will also have to answer the question “Why Architecture?” by writing a 500 words essay and presenting three images.

Additionally, the application must contain two letters of recommendation – one from your professor where he/she will claim that you are appropriate for this award and that you have potential for an architect.

The application should be submitted by April 15th and if you happen to be among the finalists, you will be interviewed by AIA Chicago Foundation Board members in May or June.

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