Scholarships

The AIA Orlando Golf Tournament for Scholarships began in 1989 when a group of architects had a collective vision to create opportunities for students to pursue higher education in the profession of architecture in Central Florida.  The implementation of this vision would increase the pool of valuable talent engaged by local practices and firms while enriching the local architecture and design community.  At that time, Valencia was the only architecture program in Central Florida, followed by The University of Central Florida in 2010, making this a viable city to study architecture.  In 2012, CityLab was created as a partnership between the University of Florida, UCF, and Valencia to expand the Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree into a Master of Architecture, a NAAB-accredited professional degree program that provides students with the credentials needed to prepare for a career as an architect.

The tournament has evolved over the years, and now brings architects and design professionals together with vendors and allied professionals from A/E/C industries for a day of friendly competition.  In its 32nd year, the tournament has raised over $300,000 for scholarships to innovative and deserving students, to assist with educational expenses including tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees. In partnership with AIA and in keeping with the original vision, the Orlando Foundation for Architecture (OFA) awards these scholarships to students studying architecture in the country's only 2+2+2 professional architecture degree program located in Orlando, Florida. 

In 2020, BAM (Black Architects in the Making) Orlando joined OFA to expand the outreach and presence of both organizations in the Central Florida community and further enhance and promote diversity in the field of architecture.  BAM established educational and fundraising programs to provide scholarships to students of color and minorities pursuing a career path in architecture.  

About the 2+2+2 Program

Valencia College:  Valencia's articulated architecture pre-major facilitates the students’ initial pathway interested in Architecture & Design careers.  The college provides the foundation and lower-division courses in the 2+2+2 Program.     

UCF School of Architecture:  UCF offers a Bachelor of Design in Architecture. This intermediate step in the 2+2+2 Program, provides a convenient, affordable, and flexible way for students to complete their higher education studies in Central Florida.  

UF CityLab-Orlando:  Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, CityLab is the final step in the 2+2+2 Program, leading to a Master of Architecture degree.  The program explores architectural ideas within the city’s context and uses the City of Orlando as a learning laboratory.

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. 

 

2021 Scholarships to be Awarded: 

$ 5,000 to a 6th year UF CityLab student

$ 4,000 to a 5th year UF CityLab student

$ 2,000 to a 4th year UCF student

$ 2,000 to a 3rd year UCF student

$ 1,000 to a 2nd year Valencia student 

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

Scholarship Applications - Eligibility

 

2+2+2 Scholarships:

  1. Must be a full-time student enrolled in one of the 2+2+2 programs.

  2. Must be enrolled as a full-time student the semester of the scholarship award.

  3. Must have a minimum 3.40 GPA at the time of application.

  4. Must be a U.S. Citizen

 

A 2+2+2 program participant is a student enrolled in an architecture degree program at one of the three participating institutions, Valencia College, University of Central Florida, or University of Florida.

 

CityLab – Orlando candidates:

 

$ 5,000 to a UF CityLab student pursuing M-Arch or M-Science in Architecture, who have completed a minimum of 12 credits and are entering their final year during the Fall 2021 semester.

$ 4,000 to a student who has accepted an offer of admission to UF CityLab for the first year of the Advanced Master of Architecture or Master of Science in Architecture for the Fall 2021 semester.

Eligible applicants must be graduates of both Valencia College and UCF architecture programs.

 

University of Central Florida Bachelor of Design in Architecture candidates:

$ 2,000 to a 4th year UCF student pursuing a Bachelor of Design in Architecture, who have completed a minimum of 12 credits and are entering their final year for the Fall 2021 semester.

$ 2,000 to a student who has accepted an offer of admission to the first year of the UCF Bachelor of Design in Architecture program for the Fall 2021 semester.

Eligible applicants must be graduates of the Valencia College architecture programs.

Valencia College Associate in Arts (Architecture) degree program candidates:

$ 1,000 for a student enrolled in the Valencia College Associate in Arts degree program and have completed a minimum of 12 credits or 2nd year for the Fall 2021 semester.

Eligible applicants may apply during their first year of the program and scholarships would only be awarded for the second year.

BAM Scholarship:

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

Application Requirements

2+2+2 SCHOLARSHIPS:

A complete application consists of the following requirements:

 

  • Completed 2+2+2 application form. 

  • Transcript or self-reported GPA, min. 3.40

  • Cover letter – limit one (1) page, standard letter size 8-1/2 x 11, minimum 10 pt. font

  • Resume, maximum of one (1) page

  • Portfolio - A minimum of Four (4) pages of images of selected work, at least three (3) pages must be architectural design projects

  • Submit all items as one combined PDF, maximum 20MB in size

  • All documents pages to be letter size (8-1/2” x 11”) page, landscape or portrait orientations are both acceptable

  • Minimum of two (2) and maximum of three (3) letters of recommendation from college/university professors in the 2+2+2 program or professionals from the architecture/design/construction industry.

 

BAM SCHOLARSHIPS:

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:

 

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

  • 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, May 14, 2021

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.

2+2+2 Scholarships:

 

The OFA scholarship committee may request that the Valencia College, UCF, and CityLab program directors prepare a report that:

 

  • Verifies applicants are 2+2+2 program students.

  • Ranks the eligible applicants by grade point average (GPA)

  • Evaluates Letter of Interest

  • Makes recommendations for scholarship awards.

 

The program directors shall forward their reports to the OFA scholarship committee.

 

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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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:

6:00 p.m. June 24, 2021

 

By submitting an application, I acknowledge and agree to the following terms and conditions:

 

1. I meet the stated eligibility criteria for the scholarship award.

2. I will submit my application package as described in the Application Process.

3. I agree to permit the reviewers of this application to utilize transcripts of my academic performance for the purposes of evaluation of this application.

4. If selected, the funds will be distributed by the Orlando Foundation for Architecture and deposited in the scholarship awardee's institutional account.