Scholarships

MAF awards scholarships annually to both 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, and to undergraduate students in select programs.

Currently, MAF awards scholarships ranging in value from $1000 to $8000.

MAF scholarship applications are due by April 1 of that year (with the exception of Robinson Scholarship applications, which are due by early February of the given year). All awards are made in the month of April.

Submit MAF applications to Timothy Casai, FAIA:


Phone
248-496-2217
Email
tcasai@tmp-architecture.com

Criteria For Selection

Eligibility

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.

  • Students who are completing or have completed their Bachelor’s Degree program and who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled in a professional program in architecture leading to a Master of Architecture degree.
  • The Robinson Scholarship is designated for an undergraduate student entering the fourth year at the University of Michigan only.
  • Applicants are eligible for any MAF scholarship (with the exception of the Robinson Scholarship) . The MAF scholarship selection committee will determine the appropriate award for applicants.

Application Process

Entry Requirements

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 of the given award year. All Robinson Scholarship applications are due in early February of that year.

  • File sizes should be no greater than 15MB.
  • Files must be PC compatible with type no smaller than 10 point.
  • Photos must be in .jpg or .pdf format.

Required Data for MAF Scholarships

  • Application Form downloaded from the Michigan Architectural Foundation website.

Required Data for the Robinson Scholarship

  • Application Form downloaded from the Michigan Architectural Foundation website.

Selection Process

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.

  • Recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, design, community involvement, demonstrated leadership and financial need.
  • All selections and awards are considered final.
  • All applications and attachments become property of MAF and will not be returned.
  • Scholarship funds are for tuition and direct educational expenses only.
  • Awards for MAF scholarships will be made during the month of April.
  • Recipients agree to allow announcement of their selection and a personal photo (and possibly video) to be used in MAF communications. Recipients will also be asked to submit a story regarding personal architectural interest of their choosing. This story may be used in MAF communications.

 

Featured Recipient

Jake Stuck

For MAF scholarship winner Jake Stuck, creativity is genetic, and pursuing architecture was a way to turn his passion for design into a career.

Read His Story

01AIA Mid-Michigan Scholarship

$1,000
Description

Awarded to a deserving student with a well-rounded application and portfolio. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, design, community involvement, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. Top priority is given to applicants from or working within the area served by the AIA Mid-Michigan Chapter area.

Prize

$1,000

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

The first AIA Mid-Michigan Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Hayden Prillwitz, a graduate student at Kendall College of Design. In addition, Hayden received the 2022 Kenneth Neumann Design Scholarship. Her very creative portfolio, and evident skill in writing as a professional made these awards appropriate.

02Paul Stachowiak & Integrated Design Solutions Scholarship

$2,000
Description

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.

Prize

$2,000

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Sophie Pacelko

The Paul Stachowiak & Integrated Design Solutions Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 was awarded to Sophie Pacelko, who is a graduate student at the University of Michigan. Her outstanding academics, active mentorship, and impressive references made this award an excellent choice.

Recent Recipients
  • 2021 Rosa Manzo University of Michigan
  • 2020 Alexander SulekUniversity of Michigan

03AIA Michigan President’s Scholarship

$8,000
Description

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.

Prize

$8,000

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Hanen Mohammad

The AIA Michigan President’s Scholarship of $8,000 is awarded to Hanen Mohammad, a graduate student at the University Detroit Mercy. Her outstanding portfolio, academic performance, leadership skills with NOMA as well as excellent references, and her evident financial need made her an outstanding choice for this important award.

Recent Recipients
  • 2021 Rosa ManzoUniversity of Michigan
  • 2020 Taylor KileUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2019 Logan FlowersUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2018 Juan Arias-HernandezUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2017 Bethany GibsonUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2016 Nicole FrickeUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2015 Meaghan MarkiewiczLawrence Technological University

04Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship

$3,500
Description

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.

Prize

$3,500

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Riley Montgomery

The Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship in the amount of $3,500 was awarded to Riley Montgomery, a first-year student at the University of Michigan. Her essay demonstrating a strong desire and understanding of architecture based on both citizenship and artistic pursuits was expressed clearly in the essay and other materials submitted for the award.

Recent Recipients
  • 2021 McKenna SabonUniversity of Michigan
  • 2020 Jacob NugentUniversity of Michigan
  • 2019 Natsume OnoUniversity of Michigan
  • 2018 Jasmine AlmomarUniversity of Michigan
  • 2017 Ellis Wills BegleyUniversity of Michigan

05Katherine and John Banicki Scholarship

$2,000
Description

Awarded in recognition of a student’s academic and community achievements.

Prize

$2,000

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Wud Aldulaimy

The John Banicki Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is awarded to Wud Aldulaimy, who is_a graduate student at the University of Michigan. Her leadership at UM, as well as demonstrated financial need led to her award.

Recent Recipients
  • 2021 Jenna AtkinsonLawrence Technological University
  • 2020 Ryan JohnsLawrence Technological University
  • 2019 Sarah BritainUniversity of Michigan
  • 2018 Salvatore LorenzanoUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2017 Leonardo OrozcoUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2016 Estrellita PerezUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2015 Rachel CraneKendall College of Art and Design

06Leslie D. Tincknell Scholarship

$8,000
Description

Awarded to a student that exhibits leadership in university and community life, and financial need.

Prize

$8,000

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Grace Clifford

The Leslie Tincknell Scholarship in the amount of $8,000 is awarded to Grace Clifford, a rising graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. She was awarded this scholarship for excellent references and a promising portfolio.

Recent Recipients
  • 2021 Jake StuckLawrence Technological University
  • 2020 Angela LazarteUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2019 Muhamad NaqshbandiUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2018 Ayomide OkunlolaUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2017 Jacob KleeUniversity of Detroit Mercy

07AIA National Scholarship

$1,500
Description

The national AIA provides funds for an exemplary architecture student.

Prize

$1,500

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Jo-Elisa Clarke

The American Institute of Architects Scholarship of $1,500 is awarded to Jo-Elisa Clarke, a graduate student at Andrews University. Her excellent portfolio, great academics, and potential architectural skills led to this award.

Recent Recipients
  • 2021 Ellis Wills-BegleyUniversity of Michigan
  • 2020 Ryan JohnsLawrence Technological University
  • 2019 Brandon HaarerLawrence Technological University
  • 2018 Anthony BotezatuUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2017 Ashish BhandariUniversity of Michigan
  • 2016 Kevin ParkerUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2015 Anne SchnitzenbaumerKendall College of Art and Design

08Kenneth Neumann Design Scholarship

$2,000
Description

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 Architecture in Southfield, Michigan.

Prize

$2,000

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Spencer Lippert

The Kenneth Neumann Design Scholarship of $2,000 is awarded to Hayden Prillwitz a graduate student at Kendall College of Design. This award includes a summer internship at the firm of Neumann/Smith Architecture in Southfield. In addition, she has been awarded the first AIA Mid-Michigan Scholarship of $1,000. Her very creative portfolio, and evident skill in writing as a professional made these awards appropriate.

Recent Recipients
  • 2021 Spencer LippertLawrence Technological University.
  • 2020 Alexander Sulek University of Michigan
  • 2019 Sarah BritainUniversity of Michigan
  • 2018 Matthew NorthcottUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2017 Kyle DiMaggioLawrence Technological University
  • 2016 Ian TempletonUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2015 Samantha SzeszulskiUniversity of Detroit Mercy

09Daniel W. Toshach Scholarship

$2,000
Description

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.

Prize

$2,000

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Grace Cooley

The Daniel W. Toshach & AIA Saginaw Valley Chapter Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 was awarded to Grace Cooley, a graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. This all-around excellent student included extensive activity with AIAS and NOMA as well as an impressive academic record.

Recent Recipients
  • 2021 Taylor KileUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2020 Jessica BrethourLawrence Technological University
  • 2019 Muhamad NaqshbandiUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2018 Eric MintonUniversity of Michigan
  • 2017 Brianna CampbellLawrence Technological University
  • 2015 Rami NigaUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2014 Spencer JaskiewiczUniversity of Detroit Mercy

10Alvin Ernest Harley Scholarship

$1,500
Description

Awarded in recognition to a deserving student who demonstrates active participation and leadership involvement in the local AIAS Chapter.

Prize

$1,500

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Tamzid Jaigirdar

The HED Alvin Ernest Harley AIAS Graduate Scholarship of $1,500 is awarded to Tamzid Jaigirdar, a graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. His very active participation in the AIAS chapter and strong commitment to a career in the profession stood out for this student who also featured a terrific portfolio of his work.

Recent Recipients
  • 2021 Sean GuireyKendall College of Art and Design
  • 2020 Anthony VannoyUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2019 Natalie MaaloufUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2018 Jade PymanKendall College of Art and Design
  • 2017 Claire AntrassianUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2016 Michael McKinnonKendall College of Art and Design
  • 2015 Courtney Vallier ParksKendall College of Art and Design

11PCIA Scholarship

$1,000
Description

The Professional Concepts Insurance Agency (PCIA) Scholarship is to recognize and provide financial assistance to individuals with exemplary community involvement.

Prize

$1,000

2022 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Areej Shahin

The Professional Concepts Insurance Agency Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Areej Shahin, who is pursuing her graduate degree at the University of Michigan. Her all-around excellence in academics, writing and leadership as well as a passion for the profession made this choice for this award appropriate.

Recent Recipients
  • 2021 Madison Girolamo University of Detroit Mercy
  • 2020 Taylor KileUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2019 Thaddeus StawiarskiUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2018 Alyssa MonroeUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2015 Matthew MedleyUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2014 Charles HarrisLawrence Technological University
  • 2013 Spencer JaskiewiczUniversity of Detroit Mercy