Watch our virtual info session to learn more about applying for the scholarship

2021 Application deadline EXTENDED: Friday, March 12

Supporting Oregon Architecture Students

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.

Applying for the Award

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 candidates’ commitment to community service and design excellence.

$4,000 Scholarship
Application Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, March 12, 2021, 11:59 PM


  • Undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in University of Oregon or Portland State University architecture program
  • Commitment to community service outside of school and relative to applicant’s community
  • Demonstrated ability for quality architectural design

Application Requirements

We transitioned our application process to a platform called Submittable. Applicants must now submit proposals electronically through an application form. You will be asked to make a free account through Submittable, which will allow you to save drafts as you work through the application and allow you to access your submitted application at any time.

  • 500 word (maximum) essay outlining 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
    • One letter from architectural faculty
    • One letter from a community member


Application Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, March 12, 2021, 11:59pm

If you are not able to submit your application electronically, please print and mail it to AFO Executive Director, Claire Blaylock, 19268 Friars Lane, Oregon City, OR 97045. We will accept mailed applications postmarked by March 12, 2021.

Portfolios, essays, and reference letters 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.

The selected applicant will be asked to attend our annual Hatfield Scholars Luncheon to receive their award. The 2021 event will be virtual.

Previous applicants who have not received an award are welcomed and encouraged to reapply.

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

Scholar Spotlight

Willy Chandler
2017 Hatfield Scholar Portland State Un.

“The scholarship enabled me to take part in a design build trip to Ecuador with PSU and the Center for Public Interest Design. The recognition also certainly played a part in my securing a job with Architectural Nexus, an office grounded in a philosophy of environmental stewardship and social equity.”

2020 Hatfield Scholar, Bethany Woods

Bethany Woods, 2020 Hatfield Scholar
Bethany Woods, 2020 Hatfield Scholar

We are thrilled to announce our 2020 Scholar, Bethany Woods, University of Oregon M.Arch. candidate!

Bethany has a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and History Minor from George Fox University, and is currently working toward her Master of Architecture degree at University of Oregon. She is active and engaged in community organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Medical Teams International, and has extensive experience serving communities of diverse cultural backgrounds and needs. Her impressive service experience includes traveling to the Tōhoku region in Japan to help rebuild after the 2011 earthquake, working with members of the Navajo Nation, service trips to Fresno to assist Laotian refugees, teaching math to low-income third graders, and more. As stated in her application essay,

“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.”

Watch an interview with Bethany and former Hatfield Award recipient, Nate McCoy, below.

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Candice Agahan
Education Program Manager

Hatfield Scholars Luncheon