Financial aid for students seeking their first architectural degree from a NAAB-accredited school (Allwork) or first design degree (CFA Design) with a high level of academic performance and financial need. Student portfolios, each containing three projects, should be judged in terms of the following additional criteria:
A) Concept: Demonstrates a clear and focused line of inquiry
B) Artistry: Demonstrates a sensitive aesthetic ability
C) Skill: Demonstrates an a high level of aptitude
Students seeking their first degree in architecture from an NAAB-accredited school in the State of New York are eligible. The dean or chair of the architectural school shall nominate up to two students from their respective college or university to apply. Nominated students will have a high level of academic performance and evidence of financial need. The financial need of each student shall be determined by the guidelines of the Financial Aid Officer of the school nominating the candidate. Students need not be U.S. citizens.
Note: Students cannot be nominated for both the Allwork and CFA Design scholarships. Students in their final year of school are not eligible to apply.
Note: A graduate student is eligible if his or her professional undergraduate degree is in a field other than architecture.
1. Do applications need to be post-marked by the deadline?
All applications must be submitted both electronically and in hardcopy and both versions of the complete application must be received by 5:00pm EST on the due date in order to be considered. No exceptions. Refer to the Application and Submission Instructions section for submission details.
2. Can I hand-deliver my application?
Applicants who are in the New York area may hand-deliver their complete application to the Center for Architecture. Hand-delivered submissions should be addressed in the following manner:
Center for Architecture
ATTN: Allwork Application – Applicant's Last Name
Please keep in mind that all applications must be submitted in hardcopy as well as electronically.
3. Is it possible to extend the deadline based on personal extenuating circumstances?
All applications must be received by the due date in order to be reviewed. No exceptions.
4. Do letters of recommendation need to arrive by the deadline?
Yes. The complete application must be received both electronically and in hardcopy by 5:00pm EST on the due date.
5. Can letters of recommendation be sent separately from the application?
Applicants are strongly advised to send complete applications (Allwork Cover Page Form, a portfolio and two letters of recommendation) in one package and in one email respectively, though letters of recommendation may be sent separately.
6. Can the letters of recommendation be emailed?
All applications must be submitted both electronically and in hardcopy and both versions of the complete application must be received by 5:00pm EST on the due date in order to be considered. No exceptions. Applicants are strongly advised to send complete applications (Allwork Cover Page Form, a portfolio and two letters of recommendation) in one package and in one email respectively, though letters of recommendation may be sent separately.
7. What is the schedule of notification?
Applicants will be notified by the end of May.
8. Is it possible to review the submissions of past recipients?
It is not possible to review the submissions of past recipients.
9. Does the Center for Architecture sponsor individual students pursuing an architectural education in need of financial aid?
The Center for Architecture supports students through our scholarship program. At this time it is not possible for the Center to give financial aid above and beyond this program.
10. I am a high school student seeking scholarships for an undergraduate degree in architecture. Am I eligible for the Allwork Scholarship?
No, in order to be considered for the Allwork Scholarship, applicants must be nominated by the Dean or Chair of the Architecture program they are currently attending.
11. I am applying to an architecture program at a school in New York State. Am I eligible for the Allwork scholarship?
No, in order to be considered for the Allwork Scholarship, an applicant must be nominated by the Dean or Chair of the Architecture program the applicant is currently attending.
12. I am a graduate architecture student, but my undergraduate degree is not in architecture. Am I eligible for the Allwork scholarship?
Yes, graduate students are eligible as long as the applicant's undergraduate degree is in a field other than architecture. Applicants must be working toward their first professional architectural degree.
13. Do applicants need to submit documentation of financial need?
No, financial need is determined by the Dean or Chair who nominates you.
14. Does the Dean or Chair need to mention a student's financial need in the nomination letter?
The Dean or Chair is not required to address a student's financial need in the nomination letter. However, the Dean or Chair should only nominate students that have a demonstrated financial need. They should confer with the Financial Aid Office at their school if necessary.
15. Does the Dean or Chair need to write a letter of recommendation in addition to nominating each of the three students?
The Dean or Chair must write a letter of recommendation for each student he or she nominates. This letter of recommendation will be act as the formal nomination.
16. Can applicants submit an electronic portfolio that is more than 5 MB?
Applicants must submit a portfolio in PDF format that does not exceed on 5 MB. Applicants may choose to submit an additional version of their portfolio as a PDF that is larger than 5 MB. PDFs that exceed 5 MB must be zipped.
17. Are students in their final year of school eligible to apply?
No, students must have at least one year left of school.
18. Is the Allwork Scholarship exclusively for women or is it open to all?
The Women's Auxiliary was one of the initial donors of the grant, but it has always been open to both men and women.