Scholarships

The Architectural Education Foundation, in partnership with AIA Colorado, offers traveling and professional development scholarships to support your educational endeavors and gain more experience.

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Licensure Advancement Fund

The Licensure Advancement Fund is a new initiative of AIA Colorado, supported by The Architectural Education Foundation, to help Associate Members experiencing economic hardship to continue on the path to licensure.

What can the Licensure Advancement Fund cover?
The fund can reimburse expenses related to the costs of achieving a license to practice architecture in the Colorado, such as:

Member must show proof of payment to receive reimbursement. There is a maximum $500 total benefit per member (support can include multiple expenses).

Who is eligible for support from the Licensure Advancement Fund?
AIA Colorado Associate members on the path to licensure who are experiencing economic hardship and lack of financial support from their employers. Members must be in good standing at the time of application.

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Travel Scholarships

2022 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2022 Architectural Educational Foundation Travel Scholarships!

Yong Cho, AIA
Award:
Virginia E. and Robert K. Fuller AIA Traveling Scholarship
Project: Copenhagen—Inclusive Public Spaces
The proposed travel focuses on the public spaces in the city of Copenhagen as a model of inclusivity.

Marianne Holbert, AIA
Award: Florence G. and Arthur A. Fisher FAIA Traveling Scholarship 
Project: Expanding Female Voices in Modern and Contemporary Architecture through Travel to France and Spain: Learning from the Past to Empower the Present

Lidia West, Assoc. AIA
Award:
Hobart G. Wagener FAIA Traveling Scholarship
Project: Japan—Typologies of Traditional Architecture
The information gathered from the investigation of these towns will be organized to identify architectural typologies and vernacular practices of traditional Japanese buildings, which in turn can be used as a guideline, a framework for designing more sustainable, well-balanced, and livable communities.


Academic Scholarships

2022 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2022 Architectural Educational Foundation Academic Scholarships!

DENVER

Graduate Scholarships

Award: Mike Kephart Scholarship – $1,000 and Temple Hoyne Buell Scholarship – $2,500
Recipient: Molly Rose Guiyun Merkert

Award: William C. & Priscilla W. Muchow Scholarship – $5,000
Recipient: Jarrett Hardy

Award: Robert K. Fuller Scholarship for Graduate Study – $2,500
Recipient: Reilly Marshall

Award: John “Andy” Anderson Scholarship- $2,500
Contribution to the AIAS
Recipient: Cristian Gomez

Award: De Von M. Carlson Scholarship – $2,500
ENVD of BS Arch Students Entering UC Denver
Recipient: Sarah Karoussa

Award: Kenneth R. Fuller Scholarship – $2,000
ENVD of BS Arch Students Entering UC Denver
Recipient: Zaina Mohamed

Undergraduate Scholarships

Award: Oscar Sanchez  – $2,500
Recipient: Aaron Daines

BOULDER

Award: C. Gordon Sweet Scholarship – $2,500
Recipient: Chenyang (Leo) Xu

Award: AIA Colorado North Scholarship – $2,000
Recipient: Joshua Dusbabek

Award: Garry G. Landin Scholarship – $2,000
Recipient: Anthony Cruz

Awards Available


The entry cycle opens early 2023.

Florence G. and Arthur A. Fisher, FAIA, Traveling Scholarship 

Purpose: For travel and study outside the continental United States.

Eligibility: Available to architects licensed by and residing in Colorado or faculty of College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado. Available to graduates or students from accredited Architectural programs. Preference will be given to AIA Colorado members, CU faculty and students              

Award amount: $5,000

Notes: This annual award may be divided between two recipients.                        

To apply: Obtain the AIA application. All application materials should be submitted to the AIA Colorado offices in digital format. See AIA website for deadline. Applicant must submit a completed application form and include project statement, proposed plan of procedure, expected accomplishment, itinerary with approximate dates, tentative budget, and three letters of reference. Not to exceed 10 pages total. Successful applicant agrees to provide a written two-page summary of the recipients experience and a report or presentation.

James M. Hunter, FAIA, Traveling Scholarship

Purpose: For travel and study in the western hemisphere to study the Architecture of the Americas.

Eligibility: Available to architects licensed by and residing in Colorado or a faculty member in the College of Architecture and Planning. Available to graduates or students from accredited Architectural programs. Preference will be given to AIA Colorado members, CU faculty and students                       

Award amount: $3,500

Notes: One Scholarship awarded annually               

To apply: Obtain the AIA application. All application materials should be submitted to the AIA Colorado offices in digital format. See AIA website for deadline.

Applicant must submit a completed application form and include project statement, proposed plan of procedure, expected accomplishment, itinerary with approximate dates, tentative budget, and three letters of reference. Not to exceed 10 pages total. Successful applicant agrees to provide a written two-page summary of the recipients experience and a report or presentation.

Hobart D. Wagener, FAIA, Traveling Scholarship

Purpose: For travel and study of the architecture of the world. 

Eligibility: Available to architects under the age of 40 practicing in Colorado. Available to graduates from accredited Architectural programs.

To apply: Applicants must show:

Award amount: $6,000

Notes: One Scholarship awarded annually. This annual award may be divided between two recipients.              

To apply: Obtain the AIA application. All application materials should be submitted to the AIA Colorado offices in digital format. See AIA website for deadline.

Applicant must submit a completed application form and include project statement, proposed plan of procedure, expected accomplishment, itinerary with approximate dates, tentative budget, and three letters of reference. Not to exceed 10 pages total. Successful applicant agrees to provide a written two-page summary of the recipients experience and a report or presentation.

Virginia E. and Robert K. Fuller, AIA, Traveling Scholarship            

Purpose: This award is restricted to the study of Architecture/Urban Design. Of the artifacts that we as architects can affect, few have a greater influence on the human condition than the communities we create. The intent of this award is to provide the recipient the opportunity to study and experience the diversity of man-made spaces and develop the skills to enhance the livability and humanity of our communities through design.

Eligibility: Available to architects licensed by and residing in Colorado, or a faculty member in the College of Architecture and Planning. Available to graduates from accredited Architecture/Urban Design programs. Applicants must show:

Award amount: $7,500

Notes: One Scholarship awarded annually. This annual award may be divided between two recipients.              

To apply: Obtain the AIA application. All application materials should be submitted to the AIA Colorado offices in digital format. See AIA website for deadline. Applicant must submit a completed application form and include project statement, proposed plan of procedure, expected accomplishment, itinerary with approximate dates, tentative budget, and three letters of reference. Not to exceed 10 pages total. Successful applicant agrees to provide a written two-page summary of the recipients experience and a report or presentation.


Academic Scholarships

NOTE: To apply for academic scholarships, visit the respective school websites.

Oscar R. Sanchez, Assoc. AIA Scholarship

Eligibility: Award to a Colorado high school or first- or second-year university student to pursue the art and practice of Architecture. CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
Award amount: $3,000

Garry G. Landin Scholarship             

Award to a fourth year Architecture student with demonstrated need. 
University of Colorado   

Amount: $2000

C. Gordon Sweet Scholarship           

Award to an Architecture student with demonstrated need at the University of Colorado   

Amount: $2500         

Kenneth R. Fuller Scholarship                      

Award to a third- or fourth-year student in Architecture

University of Colorado – Denver

Amount: $3000

Michael Kephart Scholarship            

Award to a student with proper qualifications and demonstrated need

College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado – Denver     

Amount: $1500              

De Von M. Carlson Scholarship                    

Award for Graduate Study in Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado – Denver     

Amount: $3000           

William C. and Priscilla W. Muchow Scholarship                    

Award for Graduate Study in Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado – Denver   

Amount: $5000 

Temple Hoyne Buell Scholarship                  

Award for Graduate Study in Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado – Denver     

Amount: $3000           

Robert K. Fuller Scholarship             

Award for Graduate Study in Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado – Denver    

Amount: $3000            


History of the Architectural Education Foundation

The Architectural Education Foundation was created by five devoted AIA Colorado members in 1934 to “advance the interest of the profession of architecture in the State of Colorado.”

This special fund was established by Robert Fuller, FAIA, William E. Fisher, FAIA, George H. Williamson, FAIA, William Bowman, AIA and Fred Montjoy, AIA. Their vision for the Architectural Education Foundation was to create a fund that would award scholarships, grants and prizes to advance the profession. On December 18, 1944, the Trust Fund was transferred to AIA Colorado. Robert K. Fuller was designated its Permanent Trustee. On February 16, 1961, the Fund was incorporated as a separate, tax free, nonprofit corporation.

Since the first $600 scholarship was presented in 1961, the Architectural Education Foundation has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants, and other awards to more than 250 students, architects, and teachers.

Over the past 40 years, architects, faculty members, and students alike have returned to school for study or have had a research project funded because they received assistance through the Architectural Education Foundation.

For questions about the fund or specific scholarships or grants, please contact Robert K. Fuller II, AIA at 303.333.3320.

If you are sending a donation or correspondence to the Architectural Education Foundation, please address to:

Architectural Education Foundation
c/o Robert Fuller, AIA
3320 E 2nd Avenue
Denver Colorado, 80206

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2020 Scholarship Recipients

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2019 Scholarship Recipients

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2018 Scholarship Recipients

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2017 Traveling and Academic Scholarship Recipients

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2016 Traveling and Academic Scholarship Recipients

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2015 Traveling Scholarship Recipients

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2014 Recipients

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2013 Recipients

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2012 Recipients

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