Other Scholarships, Grants & Awards

The scholarships below are unaffiliated with the Architecture Department and are offered by outside parties who maintain their own selection criteria and applications. Cal Poly Architecture Students have a successful track record earning these scholarships year after year, and you are encouraged to apply. All information and links are provided as a courtesy, but make sure all applications and information inquiries are directed appropriately. Double check all the information on official web sites. Please report any broken links or outdated information to architecture@calpoly.edu.

Check the following web sites for additional scholarship opportunities:

ZGF Scholarship of the Oregon Community Foundation

Since 2004, ZGF has awarded a total of $120,000 in scholarships to qualified students across the country. Established in memory of ZGF founding partner Norm Zimmer, the ZGF Scholarship program began with a local purview promoting the scholarship to schools near ZGF office locations. It has evolved nationwide and today is offered to programs across the U.S. Administered by the Oregon Community Foundation, the mission of the scholarship—to recognize and support students who demonstrate a talent and passion for architecture, interior design and urban planning —echoes ZGF’s commitment to mentor and foster the next generation of exceptional design talent.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Award: $10,000 to cost of tuition and paid internship

Visit www.zgf.com/scholarship for the applications and more information.

Updated 12.14.18

2019 Robert L. Outland Women and Minorities Scholarship + Internship

The Robert L. Outland Scholarship is a $3,000 cash award payable to the Bursar of your school. In addition, the summer internship position will be paid hourly. The winner will also be reimbursed for air or surface transportation in an amount not-to-exceed the cost of one round trip economy class airfare. The winner is responsible for housing and other expenses, however living expense assistance will be provided in the form of an expense reimbursement up to $1,000.

Application/Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019
Award: $3000 cash award and paid summer internship

Visit www.moaarch.com/we-are-moa/scholarship-internship for the applications and more information.

Updated 12.11.18

2019 Julie Queler Scholarship

The Julie Queler Scholarship has been created to help students defray the high cost of university tuition. Julie believes that everyone who seeks high education should be able to do so. The Julie Queler Scholarship is the result of her commitment.

For a chance to win the Julie Queler Scholarship, please answer the following question; in the form of a 5-minute video

  • “Be the change you want to see – An Idea Whose Time Has Come. What is the change you want to see and how would you make it happen?”

Application Deadline: August 1, 2019
Award: $1000 to cost of tuition

Visit www.juliequelerscholarship.com for the applications and more information.

Updated 11.27.18

2019 Student Design Awards and Scholarship Program

California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) is the premier statewide organization which promotes, develops and supports state and local funding for K-12 public school construction and modernization. As part of CASH’s commitment to developing future leaders in the school facilities industry, the Student Design Awards Program was established as a joint venture by the Outreach and Architects Committees to offer California’s students of architecture the opportunity for design display, award, scholarship and recognition at the organization’s Annual Conference on School Facilities.

Application Deadline: December 13, 2018 at 4:00pm
Award: $2,500 (First Place), $1,500 (Second Place), $1,000 (Third Place)

Click here for the application and more information.

Updated 11.13.18

2018 Gensler Scholarships

Gensler is now accepting applications for the 2019 Gensler Diversity Scholarship.

  • 2018 Gensler Diversity Scholarship: In an effort to expand and include more inclusive design perspectives, this scholarship is now open for underrepresented and minority students to apply.

Application Deadline: December 19, 2018
Award: $20,000 + Internship(1st prize), $10,000 + Internship(2nd prize)

Visit www.gensler.com/scholarships for the applications and more information.

Updated 11.01.18

2018 Sean F. Mellon Memorial Architectural Scholarship

SARA NY is again offering this annual scholarship to a full time architecture program student. Candidates must have a with strong moral character and impeccable integrity, and be in the top 25% of their class. 

Click here for the application and more information.

Application Deadline: August 27, 2018
Award Amount: $10,000

2018 Robert L. Pender Memorial Scholarship

The Parkmerced Robert L. Pender Memorial Scholarship was established in 2015 by the owners, management, and friends of Parkmerced to encourage the pursuit of career paths in engineering, architecture, urban planning, construction, and related fields. The $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student pursuing a certificate, undergraduate, or graduate program in engineering, architecture, urban planning, construction, or related field.

Click here for the application and more information.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2018
Award Amount: $1000

Posted 06.15.18

2018 SFCSI Scholarship

The San Francisco Construction Specifications Institute Foundation, Inc. (SFCSI) proudly offers scholarships to sophomore or above college students with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above and enrolled in a school of architecture, design, engineering, or construction in California. Eligible students must have declared a major of Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture or a construction industry profession.

Click here for the application and more information.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2018
Award Amount: up to $4,000

Posted 04.27.18

RDH Research Scholarship

RDH is presenting this scholarship opportunity with the intent of promoting building-science-related research and getting better connected with students who are passionate about making buildings better.

Click here for the application information.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2018
Award Amount: $2,000 - $10,000

Posted 04.06.18

SARA 2018 Student Scholarship

The Society of American Registered Architects Education Fund (SARA Ed Fund) is announcing its Fourth Annual Student Scholarship Program that aims to assist a qualifying student pursuing architectural studies.

Click here for more information and for the application. For any additional questions, please contact robertfirneis@yahoo.com or barry@milowitz.com.

Application Deadline: August 9, 2018
Award Amount: $3,000

Posted 04.05.18

AIA Northern Nevada Scholarships

The AIA Northern Nevada’s Scholarship Program was established in 1994 by local architects who wished to reach out to students and help their progression into becoming architects. This year they are granting two scholarship awards: the Graham Erskine Memorial Scholarship and the Raymond Hellmann Memorial Scholarship.

Application Deadline: April 20, 2018
Award Amount: $6,000 (total for both scholarships)

Visit www.aiann.org for more information and for the application.

Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada

Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN), a non-profit organization, is pleased to announce their continued establishment of scholarships in 2018 for undergraduate and graduate level architectural students who study concrete masonry as an architectural building envelope material.

Application Deadline: March 19, 2018
Award Amount: $500

Visit cmacn.org/annual-scholarships for more information and click here for the application.

AIA/Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship

This scholarship supports 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.

Eligible students must be a US citizen, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be:

  • a high school student planning to earn an architecture degree from a NAAB-accredited program; or,
  • a rising second-year college student in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program; or,
  • a technical school or community college student who has completed high school or its equivalent and intends to transfer to a NAAB-accredited architecture program

Deadline for Submission: January 17, 2018
Award Amount: $4,000 per year and up to $20,000 total

Visit architectsfoundation.org for the application and more information.

Posted 12.14.17

MOA Architecture
2018 Kiyoshi Murata Scholarship + Summer Internship

This merit-based private scholarship and paid summer internship was established to recognize and reward entering fifth year and graduate level students in an accredited architectural program. This opportunity rewards and challenges students with practical experience in concert with the individual’s educational experience, and further stimulates their passion and interest in a career in architecture.

Deadline for Submission: January 31, 2018
Award Amount: $3,000 + paid internship

Visit moaarch.com for the application and more information, and click here for an informational flyer.

Posted 10.23.17

University of Southern California Graduate Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Southern California is trying to encourage more US students to apply to their professional post-graduate programs. Last year they gave out more than $400,000 of scholarship funds to students in the M. ARCH program. If you're interested in attending USC for a post-graduate professional degree you can visit their website at arch.usc.edu/students/scholarships to see the numerous scholarships that they offer. Once you find a scholarship that you're interested in applying for contact the University's Office of Admission and Financial Aid. 

New York City’s Center for Architecture Scholarships

New York City’s Center for Architecture is pleased to announce scholarship and grant opportunities for students.

Further information about these opportunities can be found at the Center for Architecture’s website: www.centerforarchitecture.org/scholarships-grants.

Updated 12.14.17

Verla and Paul Neel Faculty Scholarship

Verla and Paul Neel, dean emeritus of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and ARCE alumnus, Faculty Scholarship provides professional development funds to CAED faculty for participation in state or national conferences and conventions of the professional organizations within the disciplines of the CAED. For more details see: www.caed.calpoly.edu/content/opportunities/caed-scholarship

Carson Starkey Memorial Scholarship

The Carson Starkey Memorial Scholarship was lovingly established in the memory of Carson Starkey, an Architectural Engineering student, who passed away in December of 2008. His parents, Julia and Scott Starkey, intend for Carson’s memory to live on in two scholarships, one focused on need and the other on merit. For more details see: arce.calpoly.edu/carson-starkey-scholarships

Herbert E. Collins Scholarship

This scholarship, that is distributed among seven CAED students, is made possible through a generous endowment to the university in honor of Julian A. McPhee, the first president of Cal Poly. Upper division students (junior/senior/graduate) are selected for their academic achievement, industriousness and display of overall fine character. For more details see: www.caed.calpoly.edu/content/opportunities/caed-scholarship

Tile Contractors’ Association of America’s Architecture Scholarships

TCAA is seeking future architects who will lead their industry, shape the language of design, and create new ways to give shape to their vision for public and private space as art for habitation. The association is committed to awarding scholarships to high achieving architectural students enrolled in an accredited school of Architecture, pursuing their BArch or MArch Professional degrees.

The Architectural Scholarship application form is available at: www.tcaainc.org/scholarships.php

Dr. Glenn G. McRae Internship

Open to all junior or senior level students in the CAED, this award, shared among four students, is based on scholastic achievement, evidence of interest in university and multi-cultural activities and demonstrated competence in graphics and design. Interns will provide graphics and design tutorial assistance in the CAED's learning assistance program. One of the principal intentions of the award is to rekindle the caring spirit so aptly demonstrated by Dr. McRae during his counseling career at Cal Poly and his assignment to work with CAED students and assist them in life's problems. For more details see: www.caed.calpoly.edu/content/opportunities/caed-scholarship

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Professional Organization Awards

AIA California Central Coast Chapter ($500)

This scholarship is to support the study of architecture and the pursuit of an architectural career, the American Institute of Architects Central Coast Chapter (AIACCC) awards an annual $500 scholarship to one 4th year architecture student attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Applicant must be a 4th year architecture major in good standing at Cal Poly SLO as of January. Cal Poly SLO 4th year architecture students at the San Luis Obispo campus or those studying architecture in a 4th year off-campus program are eligible.

Selection will be based on verification of 4th year status, Written Goal Statement, and Sample Graphics Review. AIACCC Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the applicant that best demonstrates architectural talent, creativity and professional promise. If two or more applicants are considered of equal merit, preference may be given to AIAS member applicants.

Award Information

For information and application forms go to the AIACCC web page. aiacentralcoast@gmail.com.

AIA Henry Adams Medal

The American Institute of Architects recognizes two top-ranking graduating students in accredited programs with an engraved medal and certificate of merit. The award program began in 1914 and was formerly called "The School Medal." Named in honor of the author of the book Mont. St Michel and Chartres, The purpose of the award is to recognize students for their general excellence in architecture throughout their course of studies. The recipient is a graduating senior with the highest grade point average in the Architecture Department.

AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit

The second recognition from the American Institute of Architects is awarded to the architecture graduating senior with the second highest grade point average.

Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal

Established in 1931, Alpha Rho Chi, the National Professional Fraternity for Architecture and the allied arts promotes the profession of architecture by encouraging students to excel. The members of Alpha Rho Chi believe the profession of architecture needs strong leaders as much as it needs strong designers. The recipient is committed to public service and shows merit beyond the design studio and academic career. Nominated by architecture faculty, this medal honors a graduating senior for outstanding achievements.

CAED Student Council Recognition Awards

Each of the ASI Chartered clubs and organizations within the CAED has a representative on the Student Council. This group represents a significant number of students within the college and serves as a “clearing house” for ideas, input and opinions that are communicated to the administration, faculty and Associated Students, Inc.

Contributions to the Objectives and Public Image of the College

The graduating senior who receives this award is recognized for his/her outstanding contributions to the College’s objectives and public image. Emphasis is on participation in college-wide organizations, committees and special projects. The student is nominated to receive this award by faculty and fellow students as a consequence of his/her distinguished involvement.

CAED Jamba Juice Scholarship (4 @ $5,000)

This scholarship was established with a generous donation from Mr. Kirk Perron, founder of Jamba Juice. It is to be awarded to four currently enrolled students in any of the five majors of the CAED. Preference is given to applicants who have worked or are working at Jamba Juice.

Douglas James Martin Scholarship ($600)

Jim and Barbara Martin established this scholarship in memory of their son, Douglas James Martin, who was the CAED’s first specialized computer technician. This award is given to an undergraduate CAED student who shows special ability and excellence in the area of computer applications and computer skills related to architecture and environmental design who has demonstrated volunteer service with exceptional positive benefit to the off-campus community.

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