AFO Scholarships

Supporting Oregon Architecture Students

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon believes that our communities are stronger when more voices participate in the process of building our world. With the goal of encouraging and supporting future architects, designers, engineers and building professionals, AFO is working with the professional community to grow scholarship opportunities for a diverse range of students.

Join us at our Scholars Reception on May 16 to celebrate our 2022 Scholars!

2022 Hatfield & Hart Scholars

Join us in congratulating our 2022 Hatfield Scholars, Sharon Alitema and Darrick Williams, and our inaugural Hart Scholar, Regina Batiste! Keep scrolling to learn more about our scholars.

Join us on May 16th at Hacker Architects for our Scholars Reception to celebrate our scholars and support the longevity of AFO’s Scholarship fund!


Sharon Alitema, University of Oregon
2022 Hatfield Scholar

From a rural town in Uganda, Sharon Alitema brought her culture and experience to the University of Oregon where she received her undergraduate degree and is currently working toward her Masters of Science in Architecture. Sharon has a deep sense of understanding and vision for supporting global communities through engagement, architecture, and environmental sustainability. As stated in her application essay, “I realize that no single approach can serve people living in different cultures and ecosystems with the same effectiveness.”

To feed her passion for serving others, Sharon is a board member of Maple Micro Development based in Eugene, Oregon and supports their mission of co-designing affordable, effective, and sustainable developments alongside local and global community groups. She is also a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and works as a Research Assistant for the High-Performance Environments Lab through the UO College of Design.

“…One of my goals [is to create] financial stability in global communities by bringing together the youth, a team of experts, and community members to co-design strategic solutions to poverty.”

Join us in congratulating 2022 Hatfield Scholar, Sharon Alitema!


Darrick Williams, Portland State University
2022 Hatfield Scholar

Darrick Williams is a Portland, Oregon native who has experienced displacement and gentrification first hand. His family being pushed from Albina to other neighborhoods and eventually into Gresham has stimulated Darrick’s strong passion for creating housing solutions for historically oppressed communities that are environmentally sustainable, user friendly, and beautiful – something his family has not had access to. Darrick is currently a Masters of Architecture candidate at Portland State University.

Since 2017, community service has been engrained into Darrick’s life. He works closely alongside Umoja Kijana Shujaa to support their Portland based hub for Black youth leadership and Black led police abolition campaigns. As stated in Darrick’s application essay, “We generally believe that teaching the Black youth of America about how these Black figures have influenced the timeline of this nation in a positive light can sever the school to prison pipeline, and bless them with inspiration for building upon what our predecessors have already developed for us.”

Darrick, himself, embodies this inspiration and aspires to use the knowledge he has gained through education and community engagement “to advocate for sustainable design for all people, and really prioritize those that have been suppressed for so long by terrible housing designs.”

Join us in congratulating 2022 Hatfield Scholar, Darrick Williams!


Regina Batiste, Portland State University
2022 Hart Scholar

From a young age, Regina learned that “a home is temporary” from experiencing hurricanes and storms destroy buildings in their neighborhood on the Gulf Coast of Texas. After the disasters, Regina witnessed a lack of help and resources to rebuild their community.

Regina’s observations and understanding of inequitable access to resources grew as they traveled the world serving the armed forces. Regina became inspired by global communities who were creating environmentally sustainable and thoughtful design decisions while having few resources to work with. This experience sparked Regina’s decision to pursue a Masters of Architecture at Portland State University and become an “environmental humanitarian with the enthusiasm to change the world one building at a time.”

As stated in their application essay, “The field of architecture is exciting because of the number of possibilities that come out of place-making… Architecture grants the opportunity to engage and understand the surrounding culture… It is a humbling experience to be a part of the creating machine that will revolutionize and rejuvenate the future for the next generation.”

Join us in congratulating our inaugural Hart Scholar, Regina Batiste!

2021 Hatfield Scholar – Josymar Rodriguez, UO
2020 Hatfield Scholar – Bethany Woods, UO
2019 Hatfield Scholars – Mohamed Fakhry, PSU & Zachary Sherrod, UO
2018 Hatfield Scholar – Lisa Patterson, PSU
2017 Hatfield Scholar – William Chandler, PSU
2015 Hatfield Scholars – Genevieve Wasser, PSU & Matthew Rusnac, PSU
2014 Hatfield Scholar – Kiara Galicinao, UO
2013 Hatfield Scholar – Laura Levenberg, UO
2012 Hatfield Scholar – Annie Ledbury, UO
2011 Hatfield Scholars – April Ng, PSU & Cameron Cole Carcelén, UO
2010 Hatfield Scholar – Amy Perenchio, UO
2008 Hatfield Scholar – Lorraine Jack, UO
2007 Hatfield Scholar – Adrienne Leverette, UO
2006 Hatfield Scholar– Matthew Brown, UO
2006 Hatfield Scholars – Merit Awards – Daniel Toole, UO & Emily Knudsen Leland, UO
2004 Hatfield Scholar – Matthew Brown, UO
2003 Hatfield Scholars – Richard Meakins, UO & Nate McCoy, UO
2002 Hatfield Scholar – Trevor Lewis, UO
2001 Hatfield Scholar – Eric Black, UO
2000 Hatfield Scholar – Benjamin Gates, UO
1999 Hatfield Scholar – John Lopez, UO
1998 Hatfield Scholar – Timothy Keil, UO

Scholar Spotlight

Bethany Woods
2020 Hatfield Scholar University of Oregon

“I have chosen to focus my education and career on the use of architecture to address social issues. Architecture and the provision of shelter can transform lives, and I am excited to work alongside others to make a social impact in building stronger sustainable communities.”

About the Scholarships

AFO awards and administers two scholarships for college students who are studying architecture in the state of Oregon: the Hatfield Architectural Award and the William Hart Scholarship – a new annual scholarship in partnership with Carleton Hart Architecture. Learn more about each scholarship opportunity and eligibility below.

Scholarship recipients will be asked to attend our annual AFO Scholars Event to receive their awards. The event is attended by members of the architecture/engineering/construction community from across the state and celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of the scholars.

Application requirements are evaluated by a committee of AFO board members and representatives. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by April 1. Undergraduate and graduate students are evaluated based on the merits of their experience. Previous applicants who have not received an award are welcomed and encouraged to reapply.

The 2022 application process is now closed. Applications will open in November with a February 2023 deadline. Subscribe to the AFO newsletter to be notified when applications open.

Senator Mark O. Hatfield
Senator Mark O. Hatfield
$5,000 scholarship open to undergraduate and graduate architecture students in Oregon

AFO’s 1998 Honored Citizen, Senator Mark O. Hatfield, remains one of Oregon’s most respected and admired statesmen. His contributions to Oregon and the country are many, including funding for dozens of important public buildings throughout Oregon. Senator Hatfield passed away in 2011.

In honor of the late Senator’s own interest in architectural design and commitment to service, AFO’s Senator Mark O. Hatfield Architectural Award was established in 1998 to annually recognize an Oregon architecture student for their design promise and community service.

AFO encourages Oregon architecture students with a passion for serving their community through thoughtful, collaborative, community centered design to apply for the Hatfield Architectural Award. An essay and portfolio of work must represent the candidate’s commitment to community service and design excellence.

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in University of Oregon or Portland State University architecture program (students graduating this year are eligible to apply)
  • Commitment to community service outside of school and relative to applicant’s community
  • Demonstrated ability for quality architectural design

Application Requirements

Please submit the following through our AFO Scholarship application form:

  • 500 word (maximum) essay: Outline your experience with community service and how you aspire to use architecture and design to address a challenge facing either your specific community or Oregonians in general. How does your experience and aspirations support the mission of AFO?
  • Design portfolio with three examples of your work – maximum of 3 pages per project
    • Can feature architecture or community focused projects
    • Must include one project completed individually (not a group project)
    • If including group projects, describe your role in the project
    • If applicable, please include a project illustrating an architectural design that responds to a community need or challenge
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing your achievements, potential in design and commitment to community service – letters must not exceed one page and must be emailed directly by the recommender to candice@af-oregon.org
    • One letter from a community member
    • Second letter can be from architectural faculty or another person of your choice

If you are not able to submit your application electronically, please print and mail it to AFO, PO Box 40230, Portland, OR 97240. We will accept mailed applications postmarked by the deadline.

William Hart
William Hart, photo courtesy of KLiK Concepts
$5,000 scholarship open to B.Arch and graduate architecture students in Oregon, graduating in 2024

The William Hart Scholarship was established in 2021 in partnership with Carleton Hart Architecture (CHA). Hart’s resume reflects his passion for community-oriented projects that are sensitive to historically under-represented and marginalized stakeholders, including multiple affordable housing developments and community centers across the Portland Metro Area and SW Washington. Hart stepped into a new role in March 2021 to found Hart Development – a real estate development firm focused on serving the African American community.

To honor Hart’s enduring legacy that lives on in CHA, the firm continues to push for equity in the profession and the communities they serve. The vision for this scholarship is to expand that work, remove barriers to entry into the profession, and support future architects.

This scholarship is also an opportunity for students to engage with CHA. Scholarship recipients will be invited to visit the CHA office and meet staff with the hope of forming an ongoing relationship with the firm. While optional, involvement with the firm is meant to offer support and professional mentorship to recipients of this award.

AFO and CHA encourage Oregon architecture students who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or a Person of Color to apply for the William Hart Scholarship. An essay and portfolio of work must represent the candidate’s career goals and desire to make a positive impact on the architecture profession.

Eligibility for 2023 award

    • Graduate or B.Arch students in their final year (graduating in 2024), currently enrolled in University of Oregon or Portland State University architecture program
    • Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color
    • Demonstrated design ability
    • Have specific career goals and desire to make a positive impact on the architecture profession

Application Requirements

Please submit the following through our AFO Scholarship application form:

  • 500 word (maximum) essay: What idea in the field of architecture excites you most and why?
  • Design portfolio with three examples of your work – maximum of 3 pages per project
    • Can feature architecture or community focused projects
    • Must include one project completed individually (not a group project)
    • If including group projects, describe your role in the project

If you are not able to submit your application electronically, please print and mail it to AFO, PO Box 40230, Portland, OR 97240. We will accept mailed applications postmarked by the deadline.

Watch the 2022 information session to learn more about how to prepare a successful application.

2022 Application Deadline: Friday, February 25, 11:59pm PST

Applications will open in November 2022 with a February 2023 deadline. Subscribe to the AFO newsletter to be notified of scholarship opportunities

Support or Develop a Scholarship with AFO

Establish a scholarship in partnership with AFO for historically underserved and marginalized populations. AFO partners on scholarships that support high school or college students in Oregon, looking to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, construction or related fields.

AFO will…

  • Administer the application process
  • Create promotional materials
  • Conduct outreach to eligible candidates
  • Honor selected scholars at our annual AFO Scholars Event
  • Connect scholars to our community of AEC professionals

You will…

  • Fund the scholarship (five year minimum)
  • Pay an annual $1,000 administrative fee and one-time $500 startup fee
  • Select the scholars (or allow AFO to administer the selection process)
  • Offer mentorship to the selected scholars and receive access to free trauma informed trainings

Together we will… Give more Oregon students the opportunity to pursue their dreams!

Looking to support or partner with us in a different way? Contact candice@af-oregon.org to discuss possibilities!

 

Questions?

Contact:
Candice Agahan
Education Program Manager
candice@af-oregon.org
503-542-3823

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