Scholarship deadline: Friday, February 25, 2022, 11:59pm PST

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.

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 Lunch 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.

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

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 in 2022 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 architectural faculty
    • One letter from a community member

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 2023

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

    • Graduate or B.Arch students in their final year (graduating in 2023), 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.

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.”

2021 Hatfield Scholar, Josymar Rodriguez

2021 Hatfield Scholar, Josymar Rodriguez and her daughter

Join us in congratulating our 2021 Hatfield Scholar, Josymar Rodriguez!

Current M.Arch. candidate at University of Oregon, Josymar moved to Oregon from Venezuela in 2019. In her hometown of Caracas, she co-founded a nonprofit architecture practice called INCURSIONES which focuses on working with vulnerable communities “to address critical aspects of the Venezuelan crisis: food insecurity, urban violence, and social disintegration.”

Josymar brought her experience to Old Town, Portland, where she now studies and lives. With the support of University of Oregon and the Clinton Foundation, she developed a project titled “Pandemic Response for the Homeless” to dignify the houseless population’s living conditions during and after the pandemic.

Josymar’s proposed wayfinding system for “Pandemic Response for the Homeless”

As stated in her application essay, “Creating nurturing spaces for all is the framework in which I strive to build my relations, studies, and service practice. I believe the idea of architecture as nurture can change the way we approach design questions, set the path for our profession to grow in a new direction where women and minorities take the lead, and develop more dignified living environments.”

Watch an interview with Josymar and 2003 Hatfield Award recipient, Nate McCoy.

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

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Questions?

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

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