Walter A. Hunt Jr. New York Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $20,000
Awards Available: 1

This scholarship honors the passing of Walter A. Hunt, Jr., its namesake and benefactor. Hunt’s generosity of spirit and commitment to education live on in the scholarship he established. Make a donation to the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship fund here, or send a check made payable to the Center for Architecture, with “Walter Hunt” in the memo line: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY, 10012. On behalf of the Hunt Family, the Board of Trustees, and staff of the Center for Architecture, thank you for continuing the example of generosity embodied by Walter.


Single award in the amount of $10,000 per year for two years. After recipients complete their first year, they will submit a transcript, a recommendation from a professor, and a reflection of the year to the committee for the second year disbursement.

Recipients also have the opportunity to be mentored by a committee of Walter A. Hunt’s colleagues to bolster their education and career in architecture if they so choose.


To promote and encourage the study of architecture by New York City public high school students through a two-year scholarship to supplement tuition and related costs during their freshman and sophomore years at a NAAB-accredited school of architecture in the U.S.


Applicants must be current New York City public high school seniors who have been accepted to a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture program at a NAAB-accredited School of Architecture in the U.S. Students at NYC Charter High Schools are eligible. Students at private, parochial or other schools where tuition is charged are not eligible. Applicants must provide a digital copy of their final graduation high school transcript in order to accept the award.

The second year of the scholarship funding is dependent on demonstrated successful completion of the student’s first year.

Submission Requirements

The following application materials must be submitted using the online form:

  • Essay: Not exceeding 500 words. Why are you interested in studying architecture? Consider including: your favorite building in New York City, a specific life experience which piqued your architectural interest, how you would see yourself as an architect impacting your community, or how you would see yourself as an architect impacting the environment
  • Portfolio: Applicants are encouraged to submit the portfolio which had been previously submitted to the Bachelor of Architecture program they are pursuing, if applicable. The digital portfolio must consist of at least 3-4 pieces of the student’s own visual art, design, or architecture work, though applicants may submit additional work if they feel it is relevant to their application. Projects may be 2-D or 3-D, and can be both finished and/or in-process projects. If a group project is submitted, the student must indicate their role in the project.
  • High School Transcript: Students must submit their most recent high school transcript as part of the application. Submission of a final graduation transcript, when available, will be required in order to accept the award.
  • College Acceptance Letter: Students must submit proof of acceptance to a five-year Bachelor of Architecture program at one of the NAAB-accredited schools of architecture in the U.S. This must be in the form of a college acceptance letter. Other schools or programs other than architecture within these universities are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are encouraged to submit the recommendation letters previously submitted to the Bachelor of Architecture program they are pursuing. Recommendations cannot be from a relative of the student and should speak to the student’s character, promise, skills, and the likelihood of success in a college architecture program. All letters of recommendation must be signed and on letterhead.
  • One recommendation letter must be from a teacher in their high school;
  • The second may be from an employer, person in the field of architecture or other adult.
  • Note: A bio section is included in the application. Applicants are encouraged to expand upon their journey to architecture in this section.
  • There is no application fee.
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