MAF awards scholarships annually to students who are completing a Bachelor’s Degree program and who have been accepted or currently enrolled in a professional program leading to a Master of Architecture degree.
Money has been raised from many activities and sources over many years to underwrite these scholarships, and the awards have been named for the primary donors and/or supporters.
Currently, MAF awards scholarships ranging in value from $1000 to $6000. An additional scholarship, funded jointly by MAF and the Downtown Detroit Optimist Club, is awarded to University of Detroit Mercy architecture engineering students.
Robinson Scholarship applications are due by February 7, 2020. All other MAF applications are due by April 1, 2020. Awards are made in the month of April. The DDOC/MAF Scholarship is applied for and administered solely by the University of Detroit-Mercy. Applicants for this scholarship should contact the UDM School of Architecture for all requirements.
Submit MAF applications to Timothy Casai, FAIA:
Criteria For Selection
Students must be residents of the State of Michigan and enrolled and attending the University of Michigan, University of Detroit/Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Kendall College or Andrews University.
Application shall be made using the Application Form downloaded from this site. Applications including all related materials must be submitted and received by April 1, 2020. All Robinson Scholarship applications are due by February 7, 2020.
Required Data for MAF Scholarships
Required Data for the Robinson Scholarship
Required Data for the DDOC/MAF Scholarship
The Michigan Architectural Foundation has the sole authority for granting the scholarship awards. The scholarship recipients are selected by a jury of AIA members and selected scholarship sponsors.
The DDOC/MAF Scholarship is applied for, administered by and awarded solely by the University of Detroit-Mercy College of Architecture and Engineering.
MAF scholarship recipient Ellis Wills-Begley wants to change the conversation on inclusive design.
01Paul Stachowiak & Integrated Design Solutions Scholarship
Awarded to a University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy or Lawrence Technology University student admitted or currently pursuing a graduate professional degree in architecture and who aspires to a career reflecting a holistic and integrated practice of the highest standards of the profession of architecture.
02AIA Michigan President’s Scholarship
Founded by AIA Michigan’s past Presidents, the scholarship is for graduate students in architecture that have demonstrated leadership in professional, community or public service activities.
The AIA Michigan President’s Scholarship of $5,000 was awarded to Logan Flowers, an entering graduate student at the University of Detroit/Mercy. His outstanding leadership qualities, references, and excellent portfolio, as well as his evident financial need, made him an excellent choice for this award.
03Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship
Awarded to a University of Michigan undergraduate (entering the fourth year) architecture student who aspires to a career that combines the roles of citizen and artist. This award is offered in cooperation with the Huron Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
The Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship in the amount of $3,500 was awarded to Natsume Ono, who is a first-year student at the University of Michigan. This award is co-sponsored by the Huron Valley Chapter of the AIA. Her desire to fulfill a role as a socially responsible citizen architect of activism and integrity was expressed clearly in her essay for the award.
04John Banicki Scholarship
Awarded in recognition of a student’s academic and community achievements.
The John Banicki Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is awarded to Sarah Britain, a new graduate student at the University of Michigan. Her creative portfolio, design promise, and outstanding academic record made this award appropriate.
05Leslie D. Tincknell Scholarship
Awarded to a student that exhibits leadership in university and community life, and financial need.
The Leslie D. Tincknell Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 is awarded to Muhamad Naqshbandi, a first-year graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. His excellent academic record coupled with engaging personal and leadership statements made his award appropriate.
06AIA National Scholarship
The national AIA provides funds for an exemplary architecture student.
The American Institute of Architect’s Scholarship of $1,500 was awarded to Brandon Haarer, a rising graduate student at the Lawrence Technological University. His very well-crafted portfolio and deep commitment to leadership impact led to this award.
07Ken Neumann Design Scholarship
The Kenneth Neumann Scholarship is awarded based on the design and writing excellence of the submitted application portfolio. The scholarship includes a summer internship with the firm of Neumann Smith Associates in Southfield, Michigan.
The Kenneth Neumann Design Scholarship of $1,400 was awarded to Sarah Britain, a new graduate student at the University of Michigan. This award includes a summer internship at the firm of Neumann Smith Associates in Southfield. Her creative portfolio, design promise, and outstanding academic record made this award appropriate.
08Daniel W. Toshach Scholarship
Awarded to a deserving student with a well-rounded application and portfolio. Preference will be given to applicants from the area served by the AIA Saginaw Valley Chapter.
The Daniel W. Toshach & AIA Saginaw Valley Chapter Scholarship in the amount of $1,200 was awarded to Muhamad Naqshbandi, a first-year graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. His excellent academic record coupled with engaging personal and leadership statements made his award appropriate.
09Alvin Ernest Harley Scholarship
Awarded in recognition to a deserving student who demonstrates active participation and leadership involvement in the local AIAS Chapter.
The HED Alvin Ernest Harley AIAS Graduate Scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to Natalie Maalouf, an incoming graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. Her very active participation in the AIAS chapter and commitment to a career in the profession stood out among applicants.
The Professional Concepts Insurance Agency (PCIA) Scholarship is to recognize and provide financial assistance to individuals with exemplary community involvement.
The Professional Concepts Insurance Agency Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Thaddeus Stawiarski, a rising graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. He was awarded this scholarship for his leadership in AIAS and in community activities.
This award is selected by University of Detroit Mercy independent of the nine scholarships listed above. It is for architectural engineering students at UDM only.
Shajnin Dristy is a 3rd year architecture student at the University of Detroit Mercy working towards her bachelors of architecture degree. She is also working as a AutoCAD drafter in Kem-Tec Land Surveyors. She moved to the United States at the beginning of her high school years and has been involved in various organizations in her community and at the University where she plays a key role in helping others in the immigrant community. It is her diverse background and involvement with communities where she learned how much architects can influence their communities as well as their culture.