Scholarship & Grant Opportunity

For Students and Professionals Pursuing a Career in Architecture, Engineering, or Construction

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Who Are We?

The Asian American Architects and Engineers (AAa/e) Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities and scholarships for students pursuing a career in architecture, engineering or construction.

Why AAa/e Foundation?

The Foundation was created in 2004 as a branch of the Asian American Architects / Engineers Association to better support efforts to seek additional means of fundraising for our scholarships, and to better serve our students.

AAa/e Foundation Gives Out a Good Amount of Money Each Year to Support Students Pursing Careers in Architecture, Engineering, or Construction

Total Scholarship Awarded Since Inception

BUT... You really SHOULDN'T apply for this scholarship

OK just kidding – of course you should! But there are some reasons why this scholarship may not be for you.

Depending on your academic level, you shouldn’t apply if…

  • You are not a senior in graduating class of 2017
  • You are not interested in the following fields:
    • Architecture
    • Civil Engineering (Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation)
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Planning and Urban Design
    • Construction/Construction Management
  • You are not in good academic standing (i.e. your GPA is below 2.0)
  • You are not attending a community college (duh!)
  • You are not interested in the following fields:
    • Architecture
    • Civil Engineering (Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation)
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Planning and Urban Design
    • Construction/Construction Management
  • You are not in good academic standing (i.e. your GPA is below 2.0)
  • You are not attending a university or college (duh!)
  • You are not currently working towards a degree in the following fields:
    • Architecture
    • Civil Engineering (Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation)
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Planning and Urban Design
    • Construction/Construction Management
  • You are not in good academic standing (i.e. your GPA is below 2.0)
  • You are not attending a university or college (duh!)
  • You are not currently working towards a degree in the following fields:
    • Architecture
    • Civil Engineering (Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation)
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Planning and Urban Design
    • Construction/Construction Management

Few More Things…

Formal Banquet

There will be a formal Banquet on the night of October 5, 2017 (Thursday) in downtown Los Angeles where hundreds of AEC professionals gather to network and honor our industry leaders and scholarship recipients (i.e. You! If selected).

This is mandatory so if you cannot make it to this event, you are disqualified (sorry!).

Award Video

Also, if you are selected to be awarded for scholarship, we will plan to film a short video clip of you talking about you and your interest in pursuing the Architecture / Engineering / Construction (AEC) field.

This is also mandatory so you are disqualified if you want to opt out of this video.

Student AAa/e Membership

Finally, you have to be a member of the AAa/e Association in order to apply.

For students, the membership is $8 per year (that’s $0.02 per day). We will show you where to sign-up in the application.

Now that's out of the way, let's talk about why you SHOULD apply

Reason #1 - We Give Out a Good Amount of Money

We have given out over two hundred thousand dollars since our inception.

In fact, $26,500 were awarded in 2016 alone!

Reason #2 - You Get a Free Fancy Dinner

Remember the Award Banquet I mentioned earlier?

It will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel — Regular ticket costs $185 and you get to go for free!

Reason #3 - You Get to Network With Industry Leaders

Over 600 professionals attended the award banquet last year. We anticipate the same number of people (if not more) will attend this year also.

That means that you will get the chance to talk to actual practicing architects, engineers, and contractors.

You’ll get to learn from them and perhaps even discover how you can get an internship while you are in school or uncover ways to stand out in the job market once you graduate.

You are wondering, ''What if I don't get picked...?''

Well, let’s back up a little.

Part of the application requires that you submit the following items:

 

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Your Resume

This is self-explanatory. It’s only applicable if you are in college. (If you are in high school, you do not need to prepare a resume for the application).

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Personal Statement

A write-up about your involvement/service to the Asian/Pacific Islander community, local community, and/or general public. You’ll also talk about your interest in the AEC field and you can brag about what makes you unique (e.g. leadership roles, academic achievements, etc.)

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Sample of Work

Basically some kind of project or assignment that you’ve done that’s related to architecture, engineering, or construction.

Sounds like a bit of work at first glance.

But the fact is…

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These are actually things that will help you clarify your career goal and help you figure out why the AEC industry is for you.

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You will actually have to go through these exercises somewhere along the way in your career – so it doesn’t hurt to start early.

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You will also have something to refer back to as you gain more experience and knowledge in this field.

Finally, no matter what, you are helping us fulfill our purpose which is…

“…to provide encouragement and financial incentive for students to excel in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and construction.”

In other words, you are contributing to the growth of the AEC industry by applying to this scholarship.

With more quality applicants, we will be able to attract more donations which then helps us give out even more money… it’s a virtuous cycle and everybody wins!

Here Are a Few Things That Our Past Recipients Are Saying:

I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of the AAa/e Fellowship almost 20 years ago now when I was a student at UCLA studying architecture. The night of the actual banquet was especially memorable to me because not only did I receive the award, but that night, I actually proposed to my wife! AAa/e has been helpful not only in guiding me towards and encouraging me in a career in architecture but also set the stage for the most significant moment in my personal life as well.

Craig Shimahara

Shimahara Illustration

I received the AAa/e scholarship in 1987 while I was doing my master in Architectural degree at UCLA. It was a tremendous honor and helped me immensely when I needed it the most. AAa/e has opened up its network to me and my future professional development and now I’ve come full circle as a member of the Board of Directors.

Eric Halm

Bernards Builders|Management Services

AAa/e scholarship really opened up a lot of doors and opportunities for me. Since receiving it, it allowed me to boost my confidence as well as financially support me to apply for grad school. Thankfully, because of that, I was able to get into UCLA Masters Program. And since then, I’ve graduated and gone on to work for various firms.

Emily Cheng

Gensler

It was my great honor to receive AAa/e scholarship last year. The scholarship enabled me to continue study at Art Center College of Design. I hope I’ll be able to help students like me in the future like I was helped from AAa/e scholarship. I really appreciate it!

Boeun Kim

AAa/e was kind to award me the undergraduate scholarship in 2014 for my involvement with Engineers Without Borders. Our team from UCLA had the privilege of conducting a site assessment trip for a future schoolhouse in Nicaragua. Currently, I work as a Civil Engineer at W2 Design, Inc. and am slowly being able to contribute back to the community through our various projects. AAa/e has allowed me to become an Engineer and am thankful for all their help.

Jonathan Lim

W2 Design, Inc.

The scholarship eased my financial commitment toward material costs as a struggling transfer student. Because of this helping hand, I was able to purchase a 3D printer, pay for prints, and stay competitive as a 3rd year undergraduate student at SCI-Arc.

I am really grateful to have the members of the AAa/e Foundation to encourage my passion for architecture. I hope to follow their
footsteps and contribute back one day.

Ruby Kim

2016 Community College Scholarship Recipient

Now It’s Up To You

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