BAM Orlando Scholarship Application

About the BAM Committee

Black Architects in the Making (BAM) Orlando established scholarships in 2019. These scholarships’ mission is to provide financial assistance to individuals who plan to enroll in the Architectural design field, specifically Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Graphic Design in community colleges, colleges and universities.  Scholarships provide preference to students of color (i.e. African American, Hispanic, Asian).  The Black Architects in the Making scholarships principally target Junior and Senior level high school students; however, consideration is also given to freshmen and sophomore high school students. 


2022 Scholarships to be Awarded: 

$ 1,000 BAM Scholarship to an incoming college Freshman to any architecture or associated design program in Florida

Scholarship Eligibility


BAM Scholarship:

$ 1,000 to an incoming college Freshman to any architecture or associated design program in Florida.

Application Requirements



FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE is based on academic performance, intention to enroll into an Architectural – based design program upon graduation, and participation in the Black Architects in the Making program missing no more than two sessions.  Scholarships are awarded to the scholarship recipient upon the start of the collegiate program by using the highest-scoring points achieved.

The Black Architects in the Making scholarships are based on a comprehensive process.  Areas that the committee reviews include but are not limited to the following: Academic Accomplishments, BAM Workshop attendance and involvement, Personal Essay.  BAM will pay scholarship funds directly to the Community College or University of attendance. The scholarships are awarded to the recipient one time.  The Black Architects in the Making scholarships are awarded without regard to gender or sexual orientation.  Scholarships awarded are based upon the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria.

A complete application consists of the following requirements:


  • Applicants must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.

  • Completed BAM application form.

  • Applicants must be completing high school successfully with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Applicants must be accepted as a full-time student at a college or university for the upcoming academic semester. 

  • Applicants must enroll in an Architectural or associated design-based program/major; (Ex. Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design)

  • Applicants must write a 500-word essay expressing why they would like to pursue architecture or associated design program as a profession and encouraged to include an expression of need of the scholarship.

  • Preference will be given to students of color (i.e. African American, Hispanic, Asian)

  • Official proof of academic standing.

  • Proof of acceptance at an academic school for post-secondary studies.


  • Applicants must provide their student ID, the correct mailing address of their institution, and the department where their scholarship check is to be used.

  • Award amounts will be distributed as a single disbursement after all requirements are met.

Completed applications shall be submitted no later than:

5:00 PM, March 11, 2022

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Process

The Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee comprised at a minimum of two Orlando Foundation for Architecture (OFA) Trustees, one AIA Orlando Board member, and one BAM member.

BAM Scholarships:

The committee members shall meet and rank the applicants based on their individual review of the applicant’s submitted materials based on the following scoring rubric:

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*  The OFA/BAM scholarship committee at its discretion may not award any or all awards if the scholarship committee agrees there was insufficient response to the application requests.


** The OFA/BAM Scholarship award program is administered by the Orlando Foundation for Architecture and is not directly associated with the Valencia College, University of Central Florida, University of Florida CityLab, or University of Florida Foundation in any way.



Scholarship recipients will be announced at the annual OFA Awards Ceremony on:

April 12, 2022