ARCH Department Scholarships & Awards

The 2017/18 Scholarship Application period for Architecture Department Scholarships is now open.

Applications due:  Sunday, February 26 at 8:00pm 

 

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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. 

Important! Please be aware that incoming freshman are ineligible to apply for Architecture Department scholarships. All inquiries about scholarship eligibility can be addressed on the Cal Poly Scholarships Webpage.

Alfred B. Berghell & Joy G. Berghell Scholarship

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

Eligibility & Application Notes

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

bfgc Architects Planners, Inc. Scholarship

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

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

Don & Caryl Koberg Architecture History Scholarship

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

  • 3rd, 4th, or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Student must exhibit academic excellence in architectural history coursework
  • Requires Applicant Statement explaining why architectural history is important to his/her education

Don Tanklage Scholarship

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

Eligibility & Application Notes

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

NEW! Doug and Joan Menzies Scholarship

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

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

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 to apply based on need.


Emily N. Alstot Memorial Scholarship

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

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

Frederick Peter Young Memorial Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Young established this scholarship in memory of their son Frederick. It recognizes students with an interest in building, construction, or related fields.

Eligibility & Application Notes

  • 3rd, 4th, or 5th year standing in the upcoming academic year
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need (per FAFSA)
  • A statement describing interest in a career in building, construction, or related field is required (see application)

Jared and Davie Hurley Memorial Scholarship

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

MBH Architects Scholarship Endowment

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
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  • 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

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

Morris Poindexter Memorial Scholarship

The Morris Poindexter Memorial Scholarship supports incoming transfer students who will be majoring in Architecture at Cal Poly. Mr. Poindexter was a successful architect and Cal Poly graduate. Selection for this award is based on admissions information. Students need not apply for consideration.


Richard Lee Fisher Memorial


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.


R. L. Graves Jr. Scholarship

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

RRM Scholarship

The RRM Scholarship provides financial support in recognition of student excellence and high professional promise. This scholarship is rotated through the CAED Departments on an annual basis.

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
  • Financial need (per FAFSA)

Stephen O. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

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

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

William and Christine Brown Memorial Scholarship

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
  • Financial need (per FAFSA)

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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.


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Faculty Nominated Awards

The following are awards based on nominations provided by the faculty or competitions available to architecture students.

Larry H. Loh, Architect, Architecture Design Excellence

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 year 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

Oltmans Construction Company Scholarship for Design Excellence

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 Roys 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 

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

  • Open to all class levels
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA recommended
  • Nominations open to all ARCH faculty

Robert Hifumi Odo Scholarship

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 made by 3rd and 4th year ARCH faculty

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Vellum Awards

Vellum Best of Show Award

The Vellum "Best of Show Award" goes to the piece of furniture the jury deems to be the most beautiful, functional and unique. Having good production characteristics is considered to be an asset, but is not mandatory. This year's Best of Show by Scott Mann had exemplary mass producable production characteristics. It was also considered by the jury to be very comfortable, as well as the most attractive and well put together.

Vellum garcia architecture + design: Modern Master Award

The "garcia architecture + design: Modern Master Award" goes to the piece with the same characteristics as "Best of Show", but also closely aligns with the ideals of the Modern Masters.

Vellum GJ Gardner: Cradle to Cradle Award

The "GJ_Gardner Cradle to Cradle Award" goes to the piece with the same characteristics as "Best of Show", but also features a small Eco-logical footprint. This year's piece by Daniel Dolan was considered to be an excellent example of adaptive re-use.

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Graduate Program Scholarship(s)

George Agron Memorial Scholarship 

The George Agron Scholarship is open to graduate students pursuing the master of Science in Architecture degree. 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

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Updated 1.18.17

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