Scholarships

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 9 scholarships ranging in value from $1000 to $5000. A tenth 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 8, 2019. All other MAF applications are due by April 1, 2019. Awards are made in the month of April, 2019. 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:


Phone
248-338-4561
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. The MAF scholarship  selection committee will determine appropriate award to applicants.
  • The DDOC/MAF Scholarship is designated for an architectural/engineering student entering their junior year at the University of Detroit/Mercy only. Applicants for this scholarship must apply directly to the UDM School of Architecture.

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, 2019. All Robinson Scholarship applications are due by February 8, 2019.

  • Applications must be submitted as a PDF and emailed to tcasai@tmp-architecture.com
  • 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

  • Application Form downloaded from the Michigan Architectural Foundation website.
  • A transcript of all college records.
  • Personal statement outlining the candidate’s interest, experience and plans relating to architecture.
  • Personal statement describing the candidate’s leadership, design and/or community accomplishments.
  • An outline of the candidate’s extracurricular and public service activities.
  • A PDF of the candidate’s design portfolio that was submitted for acceptance by the university to their graduate program, (or the fourth year program for the Robinson Scholarship).
  • Two (2) letters of reference from individuals familiar with your accomplishments. One of these letters must be by a faculty member of your university.
  • Provide school costs and personal information requested on the application.

Required Data for the Robinson Scholarship

  • Application Form downloaded from the Michigan Architectural Foundation website.
  • A five (5) page portfolio of work completed in the first semester of design studio.
  • An original 750 word essay on the student’s understanding and commitment to their dual role of the architect as a Citizen/Artist.

Required Data for the DDOC/MAF Scholarship

  • Applicants shall contact the UDM School of Architecture directly for application form and all process information, including submission and award dates.

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 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.

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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01AIA Michigan President’s Scholarship

$5,000
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

$5,000

2018 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Juan Arias-Hernandez

The AIA Michigan President’s Scholarship of $5,600 is awarded to Juan Arias-Hernandez, 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.

Recent Recipients
  • 2017 Bethany GibsonUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2016 Nicole FrickeUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2015 Meaghan MarkiewiczLawrence Technological University

02Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship

$3,500
Description

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.

Prize

$3,500

2018 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Jasmine Almomar

The Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship in the amount of $3,500 is awarded to Jasmine Almomar, who is a first year graduate 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 citizen architect in the area of disaster relief architecture, distressed and livable cities, and with an engaging portfolio of work, Jasmine was a clear choice to receive the Robinson award.

Recent Recipients
  • 2017 Ellis Wills BegleyUniversity of Michigan

03John Banicki Scholarship

$2,500
Description

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

Prize

$2,500

2018 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Salvatore Lorenzano

The John Banicki Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is awarded to Salvatore Lorenzano, also a rising graduate student at the University of Detroit/Mercy. His involvement in community activities, and promise as a future architect led him to be honored with this award.

Recent Recipients
  • 2017 Leonardo OrozcoUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2016 Estrellita PerezUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2015 Rachel CraneKendall College of Art and Design

04Leslie D. Tincknell Scholarship

$1,500
Description

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

Prize

$1,500

2018 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Ayomide Okunlola

The Leslie D. Tincknell Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 is awarded to Ayomide Okunlola, a rising graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. Her personal story and her engagement in the architectural community through AIAS and NOMA made her the best choice for this award.

Recent Recipients
  • 2017 Jacob KleeUniversity of Detroit Mercy

05AIA National Scholarship

$1,500
Description

The national AIA provides funds for an exemplary architecture student.

Prize

$1,500

2018 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Anthony Botezatu

The American Institute of Architect’s Scholarship of $1,500 is awarded to Anthony Botezatu, also an entering graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. His very well crafted portfolio and deep commitment to leadership impact led to this award.

Recent Recipients
  • 2017 Ashish BhandariUniversity of Michigan
  • 2016 Kevin ParkerUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2015 Anne SchnitzenbaumerKendall College of Art and Design

06Ken Neumann Design Scholarship

$1,400
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 Associates in Southfield, Michigan.

Prize

$1,400

2018 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Matthew Northcott

The Kenneth Neumann Design Scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to Matthew Northcott, a rising graduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy. This award includes a summer internship at the firm of Neumann Smith Associates in Southfield. His creative portfolio, design promise, and outstanding academic record made this award appropriate.

Recent Recipients
  • 2017 Kyle DiMaggioLawrence Technological University
  • 2016 Ian TempletonUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2015 Samantha SzeszulskiUniversity of Detroit Mercy

07Daniel W. Toshach Scholarship

$1,200
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

$1,200

2018 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Eric Minton

The Daniel W. Toshach & AIA Saginaw Valley Chapter Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 is awarded to Eric Minton, a first year graduate student at the University of Michigan. His terrific academic record coupled with engaging personal and leadership statements made his award appropriate. He started his academic career at the Lansing Community College.

Recent Recipients
  • 2017 Brianna CampbellLawrence Technological University
  • 2015 Rami NigaUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2014 Spencer JaskiewiczUniversity of Detroit Mercy

08Alvin Ernest Harley Scholarship

$1,000
Description

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

Prize

$1,000

2018 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Jade Pyman

The HED Alvin Ernest Harley AIAS Graduate Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to Jade Pyman, a graduate student at Kendall College of Art and Design. Her very active participation in the AIAS chapter and commitment to a career in the profession stood out among applicants.

Recent Recipients
  • 2017 Claire AntrassianUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2016 Michael McKinnonKendall College of Art and Design
  • 2015 Courtney Vallier ParksKendall College of Art and Design

09PCIA 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

2018 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Alyssa Monroe

The Professional Concepts Insurance Agency (PCIA) Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded to Alyssa Monroe, a rising graduate student at the University of Detroit/Mercy. She was awarded this scholarship for her leadership in AIAS and community activities.

Recent Recipients
  • 2015 Matthew MedleyUniversity of Detroit Mercy
  • 2014 Charles HarrisLawrence Technological University
  • 2013 Spencer JaskiewiczUniversity of Detroit Mercy

10DDOC/MAF Scholarship

$2,000
Description

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.

Prize

$2,000

2018 Recipient
Michigan Architectural Foundation | MAF

Shajnin Dristy

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.