Diversity Scholarship

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The AIA Chicago Foundation Diversity Scholarship is an opportunity to attract and retain diverse, talented young professionals in Chicago.

It recognizes the value of new and unique voices in the profession. Up to two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded each year. Each $10,000 scholarship will be awarded over two years, $5,000 per year, per recipient.

Each awardee is paired with a mentor from the AIA Chicago membership to receive ongoing guidance throughout their educational tenure.

Scholarships are for students attending IIT, SAIC, and UIC.

2023 Diversity Scholarship Recipients


Jocelyn Hernandez

University of Illinois Chicago


Jamia Smith

University of Illinois Chicago

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Scholarship Information

Submissions Open: Monday, February 5, 2024
Submissions Close: Thursday, March 21, 2024

Award: Two awards are given annually. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 award that is distributed over a two-year period.

Eligibility: Eligible students include those enrolling or enrolled at a NAAB accredited architecture program at the University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology or The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Past Diversity Scholarship Recipients

2023   Jocelyn Hernandez, Jamia Smith

2022    Mistika Jimenez

2021    Hsu Myat Aung, William Manzanilla,

2020    Asiye M. Yukselen, Edwin Casas, Roberto Quiroz 

2019     Aman Deep Panach, Maria Hidalgo