Barbara G. Laurie Scholarship Program

Are you graduating from a D.C.-area high school and is your permanent residence in the District? The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) and the Washington Architectural Foundation have jointly sponsored a scholarship for new architecture students since 1999.

The Award: $5000 per school year

Initially awarded in the freshman year, the scholarship will follow you through your four-or five-year degree so long as you remain in an architecture program anywhere in the United States and maintain a good grade point average. 

Applicant requirements:

  • Student must be resident of the District of Columbia;
  • Completing high school in a public, charter, or private school in the District or the surrounding region and entering a degree program at a school of architecture as a college freshman in Fall 2019; or, a technical school or community college student who has completed high school and will transfer to an architecture program in Fall 2019.

Submission requirements:

  • Completion of application form;
  • A transcript of all high school and college records;
  • Copy of SAT, ACT, or other exam scores;
  • Acceptance letter from an architecture program;
  • A personal statement outlining your interest, experience, and plans related to architecture and an outline of extracurricular activities;
  • School budget and financial information; and,
  • One free-hand drawing of an 8.5 x 11 page, depicting and subject, but not a computer aided design or floor plan.

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Deadline: April 22, 2019

Questions? Email Rachel Simonson

The Barbara G. Laurie Architectural Scholarship was established in 2013. Laurie, an architect who was devoted to the Washington Architectural Foundation and the community, was a partner of Devrouax + Purnell, a prominent architecture firm in DC. She was a founding member of the Organization of Black Designers and professor of architecture at Howard University. After her untimely passing in 2013, the scholarship was named in her honor.

Past and current scholars include:

Aime Vailes-Macarie, Pratt Institute, Class of 2015
2013 SOM Scholar

Gabriel Massalley, Temple University, Class of 2015
2013/2014 Barnes Vanze Scholar

Alex Claros, Morgan State University, Class of 2016
2013 HKS Scholar

Savannah Cranford, Penn State, Class of 2017
2013 Perkins Eastman Scholar

Oscar Castro, University of Virginia, Class of 2018
2014 cox, graae + spack Scholar

Chinedu Adiele, Virginia Tech, Class of 2019
2015 Lois Nichols Memorial Scholar

Mariah A. Stewart, Tuskegee University, Class of 2020
2016 Joseph Wnuk Scholar

Chidera Udeh, Temple University, Class of 2021
2017 Barbara G. Laurie Scholar

The Barbara Laurie Scholarship Program is sponsored by Pepco, an Exelon Company.