Program awards $5,000 renewable scholarships to students from under-represented communities pursuing degrees in architecture, engineering or design.
LPA Design Studios has opened the application process for the 2023 LPA Interdisciplinary Diversity Scholarships, which awards $5,000 renewable scholarships to up to five students a year to support their pursuit of a degree in architecture, engineering or design.
Developed through LPA for Change, the firm’s community support initiative, and Scholarship America, the program targets the architecture and engineering industry’s well-documented lack of diversity. The Interdisciplinary Diversity Scholarship seeks to build a long-term relationship with the students and help them gain practical experience as they progress in their education. In addition to financial aid, students are matched with LPA mentors in their respective disciplines
Throughout the process, students will be introduced to a multi-discipline approach to design, which focuses on collaboration and cooperation across disciplines.
Now in its third year, the program has awarded $70,000 in financial support to deserving scholars.
Applicants must be high school seniors in California or Texas who have been accepted in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited NAAB, LAAB, ABET, CIDA or NASAD four or five-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year. Recipients must be pursuing a degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture/Design, Architectural Engineering, Structural Engineering, Building Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related degree and be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Financial need will be considered, and assuming there are qualified applicants, preference will be given to historically underrepresented students in the eligible fields. Awards are renewable for up to four years or until a bachelor's degree is earned, as long as the recipient meets renewal criteria.
The deadline for applications is Jan. 27.