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 early February; all other MAF applications are due by April 1 of that year. 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, 2021. All Robinson Scholarship applications are due by February 7, 2021.
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.
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01Paul Stachowiak & Integrated Design Solutions Scholarship
Awarded to a University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy or Lawrence Technological 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.
The 2021 Paul Stachowiak/Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 was awarded to Rosa Manzo, a graduate student at the University of Michigan. In addition, she was awarded the 2021 AIA Michigan President's Scholarship. Her outstanding academic performance, leadership skills with NOMA, and excellent references made her an outstanding choice for the dual award.
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 2021 AIA Michigan President’s Scholarship of $6,000 was awarded to Rosa Manzo, a graduate student at the University of Michigan. In addition, Rosa was awarded the Paul Stachowiak/Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Her outstanding academic performance, leadership skills with NOMA, and excellent references made her an outstanding choice for the dual award.
03Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship
Awarded to a University of Michigan undergraduate 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 2021 Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship in the amount of $3,500 was awarded to McKenna Sabon, a first-year student at the University of Michigan. McKenna's essay demonstrating his desire and understanding of architecture based in citizenship was expressed clearly in the materials he submitted for the award.
04Katherine and John Banicki Scholarship
Awarded in recognition of a student’s academic and community achievements.
The 2021 Katherine and John Banicki Scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to Jenna Atkinson, a graduate student at Lawrence Technological University. Her leadership, both at LTU and University of Michigan, where she received her undergraduate degree, led to her award.
05Leslie D. Tincknell Scholarship
Awarded to a student that exhibits leadership in university and community life, and financial need.
The 2021 Leslie D. Tincknell Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 was awarded to Jake Stuck, a rising graduate student at Lawrence Technological University. He was awarded the scholarship for his strong leadership in both AIA and AIAS (American Institute of Architects students) and involvement in community activities.
06AIA National Scholarship
The national AIA provides funds for an exemplary architecture student.
The 2021 American Institute of Architect’s Scholarship of $1,500 was awarded to Ellis Wills-Begley, a graduate student at University of Michigan. A previous winner of the Robinson Scholarship in 2017, his outstanding portfolio and academics, and exceptional architectural skills led to this additional 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 2021 Kenneth Neumann Design Scholarship of $1,500 was awarded to Spencer Lippert, a graduate student at Lawrence Technological University. This award includes a summer internship at the firm of Neumann Smith Associates in Southfield. His very creative portfolio, and evident professional writing skills 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 2021 Daniel W. Toshach & AIA Saginaw Valley Chapter Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 was awarded to Taylor Kile, a graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. She had been a winner of two scholarship awards last year and her continued excellent academic record, coupled with engagement with NOMA and a robust portfolio, made her award for a second year 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 2021 HED Alvin Ernest Harley AIAS Graduate Scholarship of $1,500 is awarded to Sean Guirey, an incoming graduate student at Kendall College of Art and Design. His very active participation in his AIAS chapter and strong commitment to a career in the profession stood out for this student who received his undergraduate degree from Ferris State University.
The Professional Concepts Insurance Agency (PCIA) Scholarship is to recognize and provide financial assistance to individuals with exemplary community involvement.
The 2021 Professional Concepts Insurance Agency Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded to Madison Girolamo, who is pursuing her graduate degree at the University of Detroit Mercy. Her involvement with NOMA and passion for the profession made this choice for this award appropriate.