Architecture Department Scholarships & Awards

The Architecture Department has both need-based and merit-based scholarships. These scholarships and awards have varying criteria that may include financial need, or academic achievement, or exceptional promise in a range of areas related to the field of architecture. 

For priority consideration, apply by March 30, 2020 for university scholarships and  May 5, 2020 (deadline extended) for CAED/Architecture Department scholarships via the one-click Cal Poly Scholarships app on your My Cal Poly portal.  (To qualify for need-based ARCH Scholarships, applicants must have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.)

If you have any questions, please contact the Architecture Department at archscholarships@calpoly.edu, architecture@calpoly.edu, or the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@calpoly.edu.

Other Scholarship opportunities:

Architecture Department Scholarships

The following awards and scholarships are made available to students within the Architecture Department. These scholarships and awards consider financial need along with recognized promise and achievement in a broad range of activities related to architecture. 

MS ARCH Graduate Program Scholarship

George Agron Memorial Scholarship - $3,600

The George Agron Scholarship is open to graduate students pursuing the Master of Science in Architecture degree at Cal Poly. Candidates are selected based on their special interests in architectural research related to their advanced professional studies in architecture. The selection criteria include academic excellence, commitment to architectural applied research and professional promise. Available to graduate students only, coordinated by the MS ARCH program.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Graduate student in their last year of study toward MS degree

Bachelor of Architecture (BARCH) Program Scholarships


Alfred B. Berghell & Joy G. Berghell Scholarship - $1,200

This endowed scholarship was established in 1997 and is awarded to an Architecture student who exhibits outstanding scholastic achievement.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Architecture Major
  • 3rd, 4th, or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Minimum 3.1 cumulative GPA.

Alicia Daniels Uhlig Scholarship - $1,800

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Architecture Major
  • 4th year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Supports study abroad in Italy.

bfgc Architects Planners, Inc. Scholarship - $3,000

The firm of bfgc Architects Planners awards this scholarship to an Architecture student who exhibits well-rounded professional and social skills as well as dedication to academic studies. Through student clubs, community activity, and other pursuits, successful applicants show the leadership skills necessary to an outstanding future in architecture.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Architecture Major
  • 3rd, 4th, or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year

Don & Caryl Koberg Architecture History Scholarship - $750

Emeritus Professor Don Koberg and his wife Caryl established this endowment in 1992 to recognize academic excellence in architectural history coursework. The donor established this award to help impress upon students the importance of architectural history as a key component in undergraduate education.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Architecture Major
  • 3rd, 4th, or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Student must exhibit academic excellence in architectural history coursework

Don Tanklage Scholarship - $15,000 (3 @ $5,000)

Don Tanklage established this scholarship to support highly qualified students with financial need in Architecture and Construction Management.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Architecture or Construction Management Majors
  • 3rd, 4th, or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)

Doug and Joan Menzies Scholarship - $2,000

Doug and Joan Menzies established this scholarship in 2016 to support 3rd year Architecture students with financial need.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • 3rd year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)
  • Student must be enrolled full time

Douglas W. Butzbach Memorial Scholarship - $1,800

Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Butzbach established this scholarship in memory of their son Douglas, a 1954 graduate in Architectural Engineering. This scholarship provides financial assistance to architecture students who show exceptional promise in the field of architecture.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Open to all class levels 

Duerk Technology Enhancement Award - (TBD)

This award is given to an entering freshman with great financial need, and will purchase or license the required software and peripherals that the student will need in his/her first year of study. Students are invited by the Cal Poly Scholarship Office to apply based on need.


Emily N. Alstot Memorial Scholarship - $1,800

In memory of Emily N. Alstot, this scholarship recognizes an Architecture student exhibiting a special combination of academic talent and personal skills. The student selected for this award has a friendly, helpful character and contributes to the learning process by demonstrating academic diligence, overall helpfulness to design lab peers, and generosity in sharing time, advice and materials.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Architecture Major
  • 3rd, 4th, or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Requires Recommendation Form submitted by a peer in design lab and instructor
  • Requires Applicant Statement describing how he/she fulfills intentions of scholarship

Hilton Williams Architects - $1500

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)

JACKSON/OLSEN Scholarship for Architectural Theory and Discourse - $1000

This scholarship was established by Architecture Professors Doug Jackson and Clare Olsen in 2019 in recognition of demonstrated excellence in architectural theory and discourse.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Current 3rd or 4th year standing
  • Recommended minimum GPA 3.0
  • Letter of recommendation from an Architecture faculty member
  • submission to the essay competition required (click here to download full competition and award details)

Jared and Davie Hurley Memorial Scholarship - (TBD)

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Foundation established a scholarship in 2013 in memory of Jared and Davie Hurley. Jared was an alumnus of College of Architecture and Environmental Design and a founding member and past president of the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club. He and his wife, Davie, were long time community supporters before their passings.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • 4th or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preference to residents of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

LA Metro Program - $1,000

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Must be accepted to LA Metro program
  • Requires portfolio submission statement and faculty recommendation

MBH Architects Scholarship Endowment - (TBD)

This scholarship will support a well-rounded student enrolled in any class level within the Architecture program at Cal Poly. The ideal candidate will exhibit exceptional design sense and the leadership and critical thinking skills required for a distinguished future in architecture.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Open to all class levels
  • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)
  • Outstanding professional/social skills demonstrated through community
  • activities and/or student clubs leadership skills essential for a distinguished future in architecture (explain under Activities & Special Consideration)
  • Requires portfolio submission (instructions provided upon receipt of application)

Michael Shannon Scholarship - (TBD)

This scholarship was established in honor of Michael Loren Newberry Shannon who received his B.S. in Design in 1993 and an M.S. in Architecture in 1998. Michael made his way through the undergraduate and graduate architecture curriculum in spite of having major mobility restrictions and being substantially hard of hearing since being hit by a drunk driver in 1987. This scholarship is to support Architecture students with physical disabilities.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • Open to all class levels
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Recipient must have a physical disability

OLSEN/JACKSON Scholarship for Off-Campus Study - $1000

This scholarship was established by Architecture Professors Clare Olsen and Doug Jackson in 2019 in recognition of students with demonstrated interests, motivation and objectives for off-campus study.

Eligibility & Application Notes

    • 4th year standing in the upcoming academic year 
    • Recommended minimum GPA 3.0
    • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)

    Oltmans Construction Company Scholarship for Design Excellence - $1,050

    Mr. and Mrs. Rob Roy established this scholarship in 1987 after their son Dennis graduated from Cal Poly’s Architecture Department. Impressed with the combined efforts that the department and college put into developing their son’s skills and architectural goals, the Roy's created this opportunity to recognize an Architecture student demonstrating excellence in design and professional promise. This award is offered to an architecture student who has completed or is in the process of completing fourth-year design and practice. Students are selected based on their distinction in architectural design, general scholastic excellence, professional promise, and portfolio review.

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
    • Demonstrate distinction in architectural design, general scholastic excellence and professional promise
    • Requires portfolio submission (instructions provided upon receipt of nomination)
    • Nominations made by 4th year ARCH faculty

    Peter Hoyt Berg Memorial Scholarship - $600 

    Peter Berg was a 1956 graduate of Cal Poly who has supported the College throughout his impressive and long career in architecture. Mr. Berg was a founding member of Gensler Associates. Peter and Ida Mae Berg's generous donations were celebrated in the naming of the College's largest gallery in 2005.

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • Architecture Major
    • Open to all class levels
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA recommended

    Richard Lee Fisher Memorial - $12,000 (4 @ $3,000)


    Richard Fisher pictured in front row, second from left

    The Fisher family established this scholarship in 1991. The scholarship assists Architecture majors selected to participate in the Danish International Studies (DIS) program in Copenhagen, Denmark. Richard's year at DIS was the highlight of his professional education, and the family would like to help offer this opportunity to other Architecture students.

    NOTE: The scholarship amount is not always the same but must be $3,000 minimum and all awards must be equal if more than one is given.

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • 4th year standing in the upcoming academic year
    • Student must be selected to participate in DIS

    Click HERE for In Memoriam, Mrs. Florence Fisher.


    Riddle Scholarship - $1,500

    This scholarship was established in 2007 and is available on a rotating basis between Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Environmental Horticultural Science, and Business Administration majors.

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Student must show (through prior school records) desire and ambition to excel in their chosen field

    R. L. Graves Jr. Scholarship - $900

    This scholarship was established in 2007 to provide financial support for an Architecture major participating in the Danish International Study Program (DIS). This scholarship is offered to recognize top design students and to encourage them to expand their horizons and interact with their international peers.

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • 4th year standing in the upcoming academic year
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Student must be selected to participate in DIS. Financial need optional
    • The award shall be granted to the highest ranked applicant

    Stephen O. Anderson Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

    A competition will be held to design/construct/solve the requirements set by CAED faculty. The scholarship will be awarded to the best solution, chosen by the faculty judges.

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • Architecture Major
    • Minimum 3rd year standing in the upcoming academic year
    • Minimum 2.5 GPA

    Thor and Juanita Gulbrand AIA Memorial- (TBD)

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • Architecture Major
    • 5th year senior in the upcoming academic year
    • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)
    • Student must demonstrate design ability

    William and Christine Brown Memorial Scholarship - (TBD)

    This scholarship was established in 2015 by Rebecca Wyatt, in the memory of her parents William and Christine Brown. William "Bill" Brown, Professor Emeritus, taught at Cal Poly from 1957-1992. In addition to being a member of the faculty, he served as a Director for the then School of Architecture and Environmental Design between 1971-1979 under former Dean George Hasslein. Bill passed away on June 25, 2014, but his legacy will continue into the future through this generous gift in his name.

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • 3rd or 4th year student with at least one more year until graduation in the upcoming academic year
    • Recommended minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)

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    Faculty Nominated Awards

    The following award is based on nominations provided by the faculty along with  a competition, available to architecture students.

    Robert Hifumi Odo Scholarship - $4,200

    This award was established in memory of architecture alumnus Bob Odo by the architecture and planning firm of McLarand, Vasquez, and Partners. This award is available to a third- or fourth-year architecture student who shows outstanding ability in architecture design and overall academic performance.

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • 4th year or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Students demonstrating a high level of design intelligence are nominated by faculty members to prepare a display to be judged by faculty as the winning submission (instructions provided upon receipt of nomination)
    • Nominations open to all ARCH faculty
    • Written statement why they deserve the scholarship

    Larry H. Loh, Architect, Architecture Design Excellence - (TBD)

    Emeritus Professor Larry H. Loh taught in the Architecture Department and in the City and Regional Planning Department at Cal Poly, SLO and Pomona for 25 years prior to retirement in 2001. He offers this scholarship to encourage and motivate students to excel in integration of architecture and site design.

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • 4th or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
    • Minimum 3.5 GPA
    • Financial need is optional
    • Requires a one-page statement describing financial need and educational plans, as well as professional interests and goals (statement form provided upon receipt of nomination)
    • Nominations made by 3rd and 4th year ARCH faculty

     

    California Homebuilders Foundation Scholarships

    The California Homebuilding Foundation scholarship program was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to and graduating from college, the CHF scholarship program plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved young adults interested in continuing their education in a building trades program.

    A majority of the Foundation's scholarships were established by CHF Hall of Fame honorees. It’s an example of how established homebuilding professionals have reached out to offer opportunities to a new generation of individuals who are interested in a career in the homebuilding industry.

    CHF awards scholarships to students enrolled in industry-related programs such as construction management or architecture. Our goal is to help students complete their degrees and find employment within the homebuilding industry.

    Three scholarships established in 2018 are available to Architecture students:

    Carl Lagoni Family Scholarship - (TBD)

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • Open to all classes
    • Minimum 2.7 GPA
    • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)
    • Student has the intention of a forthcoming career withing the California home building industry

    Frederick Peter Young Scholarship - (TBD)

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • 4th year or above standing in the upcoming academic year
    • Minimum 2.5 GPA
    • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)
    • Student has interest in a career in the California home building industry
    • Recipient must provide a bio or resume and college agrees, "to send a black and white photo of the scholarship presentation to the Foundation."

    Jill & Joe Williams KTGY Group Scholarship - (TBD)

    Eligibility & Application Notes

    • 4th year standing in the upcoming academic year
    • Minimum 2.7 GPA
    • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)
    • Student has the intention of a forthcoming career within the California home building industry

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    International Travel Scholarships

    These scholarships are offered through the Cal Poly International Center. Details and scholarship applications can be found at the Study Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships page.

     

    Updated 05.20.2020

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