Scholarships for American Indians


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American Institute of Architects Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship Program

American Institute of Architects
Attn: American Architectural Foundation
1799 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-5292
(202) 626-7511      Fax: (202) 626-7420


To provide financial assistance to high school and college students from minority and/or disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in studying architecture in college.


This program is open to students from minority and/or disadvantaged backgrounds who are high school seniors, students in a community college or technical school transferring to an accredited architectural program, or college freshmen entering a professional degree program at an accredited program of architecture.  Students who have completed 1 or more years of a 4-year college curriculum are not eligible. 

Initially, candidates must be nominated by 1 of the following organizations or persons:

  • an individual architect or firm
  • a chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • a community design center
  • a guidance counselor or teacher
  • the dean or professor at an accredited school of architecture
  • or the director of a community or civic organization. 

Nominees are reviewed and eligible candidates are invited to complete an application form in which they write an essay describing the reasons they are interested in becoming an architect and provide documentation of academic excellence and financial need.  Selection is based primarily on financial need.

Financial data

Stipends range from $500 to $2,500 per year, depending upon individual need.  Students must apply for supplementary funds from other sources.


9 months; may be renewed for up to 2 additional years.

Additional information

This program, established in 1970, is offered jointly by the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and the AIA.

Number awarded

Up to 20 each year


Nominations are due by December of each year; final applications must be submitted in January.