Scholarships

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THE DEADLINE FOR CAPLA SCHOLARSHIPS IN SCHOLARSHIPUNIVERSE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 31!

The University of Arizona and CAPLA offer many scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in all CAPLA degree programs. Many are need-based and require only that you be a student in good standing. Other scholarships and awards are program-specific, and others still are merit-based. Think you might not qualify academically? There are several scholarships that are based on criteria other than GPA. 


CAPLA Scholarships, 2023-2024

CAPLA scholarships are predominantly made available through ScholarshipUniverse, though some scholarships are managed through direct application. Click a section below to expand and view all available scholarships:

Scholarship Program Level Category Value Qualifying Criteria and Notes
Irma and Bernard Friedman Scholarship All Programs All Students Merit-based, Need-based Varies Available to all CAPLA students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.
Chauncey F. Hudson Scholarship Architecture All Students Merit-based, Need-based Varies For architecture students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
Cranky Old Lady Scholarship in Architecture Architecture All Students Merit-based, Need-based $1,000-$2,000 Applicants must be full-time CAPLA students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to those who are first-generation college students, are single parents or are otherwise nontraditional. Applicants who have a particular interest in the advancement of women in architecture will also receive consideration. Scholarship applicants should address their status and background in one of the above categories in their personal statement.
Gordon and Myrtle Fremming Scholarship Architecture All Students Need-based Varies Available to architecture students with financial need.
Tucson Chapter of NAWIC Scholarship Architecture, Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Up to $1,000 Available to full-time female B Arch students in their third, fourth or fifth year and full-time female architecture and landscape architecture graduate students who demonstrate academic merit; preference given to students interested in construction.
Alvin O. Hurst Scholarship Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based, Need-based Up to $4,800 Available to landscape architecture students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
Cornerstone Building Foundation Scholarship for Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Up to $1,000 Available to landscape architecture students who demonstrate academic merit.
Desert Garden Club Scholarship in Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Up to $4,000 Available to landscape architecture students who demonstrate academic merit.
Mary M. and Cliffton E. Bloom Scholarship Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based, Need-based Up to $2,000 Available to undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
Mary Miller Memorial Prize Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Varies Available to landscape architecture students who show sensitivity to the aesthetic and development of the Tucson area and greater Southwest.
Ronald R. Stoltz, FASLA, FCELA Scholarship Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based, Need-based UP to $1,500 Available to full-time students or are entering or continuing in CAPLA's undergraduate or graduate landscape architecture program. Qualified candidates should demonstrate interpersonal and professional excellence and should have considerable skill with design visualization, digital media and hand-drawing. Financial need may also be an award consideration.
Sky Blu Underwood Scholarship Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Up to $1,700 Available to students in the fields of horticulture, plant sciences, landscape architecture or related areas; based on scholastic achievement.
Ted Marshall Memorial Scholarship Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Varies Available to full-time students in landscape architecture who possess an academic and/or professional interest in irrigation design and environmental stewardship and a passion for the Southwest. Candidates should demostrate a personal commitment to the betterment of others both personally and professionally.
William and Joyce Havens Scholarship in Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Up to $1,900 Available to all landscape architecture students who demonstrate excellence in their academic performance. Secondary criteria includes growth in knowledge, skills and abilities; sensitivity to ecological and environmental issues; and excellence in peer interaction.
Al Burlini Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Varies Available to undergraduates in their second year with at least a 3.5 GPA.
Architecture Alumni International Student Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Up to $1,500 Available to any international students who are in the professional phase of the B Arch program (2nd year+) and demonstrate academic excellence.
Beresford E. Beck Memorial Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based $500-$1,500 Available to undergraduates in their third and four years; awarded on the basis of need, personal character and academic excellence.
CAPLA SmithGroup Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based $1,000-$2,000 Available to fourth-year B Arch students who demonstrate professionalism and excellence both inside and outside of studio.
Charles A. Albanese, FAIA and Claire B. Albanese Travel Scholarship for Architecture Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based $1,500-$6,300 Available to fourth- and fifth-year B Arch students interested in travel to Europe in order to further their academic and professional goals.
Cornerstone Building Foundation Scholarship for Architecture Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based UP to $1,200 Available to fourth- and fifth-year B Arch students who demonstrate academic merit.
David Walther Memorial Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based Up to $1,050 Available to professional-phase (2nd year+) B Arch students who demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.
Eleazar D. and Sara M. Herreras Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based Varies Available to B Arch students who are Arizona residents, of Hispanic heritage, demonstrate academic excellence and have financial need.
Erstad Architects Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Varies Available to B Arch students from second- to fifth-year who demonstrate academic excellence and have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Franklin S. Flint Memorial Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Varies Available to B Arch students who have demonstrated excellence in academics.
Fred R. Pace Scholarship in Architecture Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based Up to $1,800 Available to full-time third-, fourth- or fifth-year B Arch students; preference will be given to students who are hardworking and honest, who are Arizona residents and who demonstrate financial need.
Gayle Macneil Memorial Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Varies Available to third-, fourth- or fifth-year B Arch students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, with preference given to current residents of Southern Arizona.
Gertrude M. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Need-based Varies Available to second-, third- or fourth-year B Arch students who are upstanding and have financial need.
Gordon H. Heck Memorial Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based $1,000-$10,500 Candidates must be second-, third- or fourth-year B Arch students who have financial need and demonstrate excellence in their history classes.
Harold O. Reif Memorial Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based UP to $1,050 Available to students entering their B Arch fourth year who demonstrate professional potential and financial need and are an Arizona resident.
Harold S. Pedersen Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based UP to $1,100 Available to fifth-year B Arch students who demonstrate understanding of the technical aspects of building systems and how they relate to the successful and efficient design and construction of a building. Candidates should address the following in their personal statement: their interest and aptitude for integrating all aspects of technical application and problem-solving into practice, and an aspiration to become well-rounded architects, rather than focusing on design alone.
J. Douglas Macneil Architecture Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based UP to $2,800 Available to students entering the professional phase of the B Arch program with a minimum GPA of 3.2; financial need may be taken into consideration.
John Sundt Scholarship in Architecture Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based $1,500 Available to fourth- and fifth-year B Arch students who have a GPA of at least 3.0 and who have financial need and demonstrate excellence in their studio work.
Judith Chafee Endowed Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based UP to $1,200 Available to B Arch students who are full-time; entering their third, fourth or fifth year of the professional program; demonstrate superior achievement in studio work and strong academic achievement in the architecture curriculum; have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or greater; and demonstrate financial need.
M.L. Tophoy Scholarship in Architecture Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Up to $1,900 Available to B Arch students who demonstrate academic excellence; preference given to those students who express desire to enter construction in their personal statement.
Manuel A. Pombo Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Varies Available to students entering or in their professional phase (second through fifth years) of the B Arch program, with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Hispanic heritage and commitment to serving the Hispanic community.
Ned Nelson Scholarship in Architecture Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based $1,800-$3,700 Available to second- and third-year B Arch students who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA.
Nicholas G. Sakellar, FAIA Memorial Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based Varies Available to second-, third- or fourth-year B Arch students who have demonstrated a commitment to the study of heritage conservation. Candidates will be evaluated primarily on their creative design abilities, with secondary consideration given to financial need. Candidates must address their interest and commitment in their personal statement, and explain how their interest will be reflected in their work.
Philip W. Dinsmore, FAIA and Family Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based UP to $5,800 Available to B Arch students who have great promise in the program and demonstrate financial need.
Richard A. Eribes Scholarship - Architecture Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based $1,000-$7,000 Available to students entering or in the professsional phase of the B Arch program (2nd-year+) who have a minimum GPA of 3.2.
Robert and Deanna Hershberger Foreign Travel Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based $1,400-$7,300 Available to third-, fourth- or fifth-year B Arch students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who desire to conduct fact-finding research and work abroad. Preference will be given to students with no previous travel experience outside of the continental U.S. Applicants must submit a study proposal/letter of intent, which may involve an independent summer or vacation period of travel or be associated with foreign study programs.
Robert Swaim Scholarship in Architecture Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Up to $1,900 Available to full-time B Arch students in their fourth or fifth year of study who have a minimum 3.2 GPA.
Roy P. Drachman Scholarship in Architecture Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Up to $4,000 Available to fourth- and fifth-year B Arch students who demonstrate excellence in design.
Seaver-Franks Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based Up to $1,100 Avaialble to second-, third- and fourth-year B Arch students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
Sidney W. Little Memorial Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based Varies Available to second-year through fifth-year B Arch students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
Ware Malcomb Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based $1,600-$3,300 Available to full-time students with a minimum GPA of 3.25 who are entering their fifth year of the B Arch program. This scholarship will be awarded to students directing their focus toward entering private practice and will be based on merit. Candidates should demonstrate superior achievement in studio work and strong academic achievement.
William H. Cook, FAIA Travel Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based $1,000-$4,500 Available to B Arch students with a minimum GPA of 3.25 and a passion for foreign travel and study. Students must excel academically and exhibit strong ambassadorial skills. This is a one-time award.
William Kirby Lockard, FAIA, and Peggy Hamilton Lockard Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Up to $1,900 Available to full-time B Arch students entering the third, fourth or fifth year of the program. Candidates must demonstrate superior academic achievement and excellence in design. Candidates may apply for and receive this award more than once.
William M. Hughes Architectural Scholarship Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based Up to $2,100 Available to full-time students entering the fifth year of the B Arch program who demonstrate superior achievement in academic studies, but need not be top of the class. Candidates should also demonstrate superior talent  in the production side of the practice.
Warren Gill Memorial Scholarship Landscape Architecture Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based Varies Available to BLA students entering their third or fourth year; awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need.
Sustainable Built Environments Scholarship Sustainable Built Environments Undergraduate Merit-based, Need-based Up to $2,000 Available to students entering their junior or senior year (by academic credit in the BS SBE program who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to improving the sustainability of the built environment. Awarded on the basis of merit and financial need.
Scholarship Program Level Category Value Qualifying Criteria and Notes
Irma and Bernard Friedman Scholarship All Programs All Students Merit-based, Need-based Varies Available to all CAPLA students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.
Chauncey F. Hudson Scholarship Architecture All Students Merit-based, Need-based Varies For architecture students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
Cranky Old Lady Scholarship in Architecture Architecture All Students Merit-based, Need-based $1,000-$2,000 Applicants must be a full-time CAPLA students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to those who are first-generation college students, are single parents, or are otherwise non-traditional. Applicants who have a particular interest in the advancement of women in Architecture, will also receive consideration. Scholarship applicants should address their status and background in one of the above categories in their personal statement as applicable.
Gordon and Myrtle Fremming Scholarship Architecture All Students Need-based Varies Available to architecture students with financial need.
Tucson Chapter of NAWIC Scholarship Architecture, Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Up to $1,000 Available to full-time female B Arch students in their third, fourth or fifth year and full-time female architecture and landscape architecture graduate students who demonstrate academic merit; preference given to students interested in construction.
Alvin O. Hurst Scholarship Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based, Need-based Up to $4,800 Available to landscape architecture students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
Cornerstone Building Foundation Scholarship for Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Up to $1,000 Available to landscape architecture students who demonstrate academic merit.
Desert Garden Club Scholarship in Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Up to $4,000 Available to landscape architecture students who demonstrate academic merit.
Mary M. and Cliffton E. Bloom Scholarship Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based, Need-based Up to $2,000 Available to undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
Mary Miller Memorial Prize Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Varies Available to landscape architecture students who show sensitivity to the aesthetic and development of the Tucson area and greater Southwest.
Ronald R. Stoltz, FASLA, FCELA Scholarship Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based, Need-based UP to $1,500 Available to full-time students or are entering or continuing in CAPLA's undergraduate or graduate landscape architecture program. Qualified candidates should demonstrate interpersonal and professional excellence and should have considerable skill with design visualization, digital media and hand-drawing. Financial need may also be an award consideration.
Sky Blu Underwood Scholarship Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Up to $1,700 Available to students in the fields of horticulture, plant sciences, landscape architecture or related areas; based on scholastic achievement.
Ted Marshall Memorial Scholarship Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Varies Available to full-time students in landscape architecture who possess an academic and/or professional interest in irrigation design and environmental stewardship and a passion for the Southwest. Candidates should demostrate a personal commitment to the betterment of others both personally and professionally.
William and Joyce Havens Scholarship in Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture All Students Merit-based Up to $1,900 Available to all landscape architecture students who demonstrate excellence in their academic performance. Secondary criteria includes growth in knowledge, skills and abilities; sensitivity to ecological and environmental issues; and excellence in peer interaction.
Albert H. Drachman Memorial Scholarship Architecture Graduate Merit-based $1,400-$1,700  
Carl Rald Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students Architecture Graduate Merit-based $1,300-$4,000 Available to students who indicate an interest in energy-efficient and sustainable design.
Clark International Travel Scholarship - Architecture Architecture Graduate Merit-based Up to $1,500 Available to fourth- and fifth-year B Arch students who plan to study abroad.
Benzien Family International Travel Scholarship Landscape Architecture Graduate Merit-based $2,500-$10,000 Available to MLA students studying historical and international approaches; applicants must propose a specific study plan and goals; travel may be independent or coordinated within an existing CAPLA program.
Ervin H. Zube Scholarship - Landscape Landscape Architecture Graduate Merit-based UP to $13,500 Available to full-time MLA students who demonstrate outstanding potential in their field.
Leadership in Landscape Architecture Scholarship Landscape Architecture Graduate Merit-based Varies Available to MLA students entering their second or third year who exhibit leadership and mentoring skills.
Michael T. Wade Memorial Scholarship Landscape Architecture Graduate Merit-based, Need-based Varies Available to MLA students who show exceptional academic promise and financial need.
Richard A. Eribes Scholarship - Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture Graduate Merit-based Up to $7,000 Available to students entering the first year of the MLA program who have a minimum GPA of 3.2.
Robie Pardee Scholarship Landscape Architecture Graduate Merit-based Varies Available to full-time MLA Students who have a minimum GPA of 3.25. Candidates should demonstrate interest in designing for arid lands, and a passion for the historic and cultural landscape architecture of the American Southwest. Preference will be given to students in the top half of their class by academic standing. Candidates must include a statement about their interests with their application.
Clark International Travel Scholarship - Landscape Architecture & Planning Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning Graduate Merit-based Up to $2,700 Available to MLA and MSUP students with at least one year of study remaining and who wish to furhter their studies with travel abroad.
Arthur C. Nelson, PhD, FAcSS, FAICP Fellowship Endowment Real Estate Development, Urban Planning Graduate Merit-based $625-$1,250 Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence and professional commitment to their field of study.
Scholarship Program Level Category Value Qualifying Criteria and Notes
Arizona Builders Alliance Portfolio Competition All Programs All Students Merit-based, Need-based Varies This is a portfolio competition scholarship that requires portfolio submission by March 31, 2023. View competition/scholarship guidelines and application form and instructions.
The City Immersion Scholarship Architecture All Students Merit-based $3,133 This scholarship provides M Arch, MS Arch and B Arch (fourth- and fifth-year) students with the opportunity to travel to the North American city of their choice. Applicant proposals will consist of an essay and an additional creative element outlining what they hope to experience in their chosen city.

How to Apply

Most applications can be submitted via ScholarshipUniverse, in which you can typically submit one application to be considered for many scholarships, though a few do have additional requirements or questions. Other scholarships and opportunities are managed outside to ScholarshipUniverse and represent awards specific to CAPLA. You may apply to these by following the instructions for each application, as noted for each scholarship in the Scholarships Available Outside Scholarship Universe panel above.

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