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The future of the architectural profession resides with the next generation of architects. The AIA Silicon Valley Scholarship program has three scholarships available for students whom reside in Santa Clara Valley and are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program leading to a career in architecture.


The scholarship committee, board of directors, and members at large feel a student's decision to study architecture should be determined by talent and perseverance and not limited by financial status.


The three scholarships are  


Application and Criteria

AIA Silicon Valley Scholarship Schedule - 2018

  • February 1st - Scholarships Open
  • April 4th - Scholarship Deadline all Scholarships must be in by 4:00 pm
  • April 19th - Scholarship Submission Reviews
  • April 26th - Scholarship Finalist Candidates Live Interviews
  • May 4th  - Scholarship Winners will be notified
  • May 30 2018 - Scholarship Chapter Celebration

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How to apply

Applicants can attach digital files that should not exceed 24MB.  

Please follow the directions as they are written below and incomplete applications will not be considered.


  1. Portfolio of work.  Graphic materials that demonstrate the applicant’s design abilities. The submittal shall represent the independent work of the applicant. Portfolios become the property of AIA Silicon Valley and contents may be used to promote the AIA Silicon Valley's scholarship program. Please provide PowerPoint slides  that demonstrate the evolution of your design studies. TIP: Your portfolio should represent the design evolution of your studies. Include sketching, paintings, drawings, sculptures, school work.
  2. Written statement of personal goals as pertaining to your interest in architecture. Not to exceed one page. The written statement needs to be submitted with the portfolio in PDF format.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or practicing professional architects. The letters need to be on letterhead, signed, and specific to this application. Emailing a PDF copy of the letters are acceptable.
  4. Verify you comply with the criteria of the fund you are applying for.  Click to read the eligibility requirements.

        5.  Completed “Applicant Information” online form below needs to also be included with the portfolio.


Deadline for submissions to the AIA Silicon Valley office is 4:00 pm, April 4, 2018


Any and all required electronic documents and images are also due by 4:00pm, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Email to: with the email Subject Line to read:  Scholarship – “your name”



Selection of Finalist shall be based on the merits of submitted portfolio and materials.


Finalist must be available for a scheduled, live 30 minute interview, on April 26th. Final awards shall be made after interviews with the Finalist. Award winners will be notified by May 4, 2018.


The Scholarship Award Celebration will be in May 2018. It is our goal to have all the scholarship recipients available to attend this event. The date & location have not been finalized, but it will be held in the vicinity of Santa Clara County.


If you have any questions about the AIA Silicon Valley SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, please contact us at 408.298.0611




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