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LPA Interdisciplinary Diversity Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: January 27, 2023 3:00 pm CT

LPA, Inc. has established a scholarship program to champion the design professions among students from underrepresented demographics. We believe diversity and inclusion are essential to innovation, belonging, and representation. To that end, we aim to foster a culture where students feel that anything is possible regardless of their starting point. We want to grow, support, and mentor the recipients to attain their professional degree and advance the diversity of architecture and engineering disciplines that serve our communities and contribute to the built environment.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the LPA Interdisciplinary Diversity Scholarship Program must:

  • Be high school seniors in states California and Texas
  • Have been accepted in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited NAAB, LAAB, ABET, CIDA, NASAD, four or five-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Pursuing a degree in one of the following majors associated with the building and design industry: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture/Design, Architectural Engineering, Structural Engineering, Building Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related degree
  • Be Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and Women of all races
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to five (5) awards will be granted. Awards are renewable up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree or for four years or until a Bachelor of Architecture (BARCH) degree* is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and continued enrollment at a NAAB, LAAB, ABET, CIDA and NASAD institution and pursing an eligible major.

*Awards may be renewed for the fourth year for bonafide five-year undergraduate program upon sponsor review.

Renewal students are asked to answer one of the following questions (required):

  1. Why are you interested in addressing climate change through the design of the built environment?
  2. How might you change lives by design?

Student essay responses will be sent to Sponsor.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Recipients may also be offered a mentorship opportunity by Sponsor.

Financial Literacy Support

Award recipients will be given access for a year to WhichWay, a financial literacy tool with interactive financial education modules containing tools and tips that include the following topics:

  • Understanding Basics of Budgeting
  • Achieving Goals
  • Creating and Maintaining a Budget
  • Paying for College
  • Understanding Credit
  • Obtaining Credit
  • Applying for Financial Aid
  • Managing Credit Cards
  • Managing Student Loans While in School
  • Managing Debt
  • Repaying Student Loans

Participation in Scholarship America’s financial literacy tool, WhichWay is offered to scholarship recipients. Recipients will be invited to register online to participate in financial education activities to help guide a student to financial stability and success.

Selection of Recipients

Finalists are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  •  A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation.

Financial need will be prioritized. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Awards will be given to historically underrepresented** students in the eligible fields.

**Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and Women of all races.

Scholarship America will select finalists and LPA, Inc. will determine the recipients. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in April.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of LPA, Inc. Payment is made in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 1, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

LPA, Inc. has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!