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Architectural Education Foundation of AIA Wyoming

The Architectural Education Foundation of AIA Wyoming is pleased to announce its 2017 scholarship program. In the last 14 years, the Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarships to deserving Wyoming students of architecture. This year we hope to have many applications and to award scholarships to all eligible applicants. To be eligible, students must have an anticipated college path leading to a degree in architecture, be a graduate of a Wyoming high school, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, or a current Wyoming resident. College freshman through Master of Architecture graduate students are now eligible for scholarships.

Scholarships will be awarded on a graduated scale based on the college year you are entering and consider overall need, ability, desire and determination. Additional considerations include the applicant’s potential to successfully complete their architectural education and enter architecture as a profession.

Applicant submittal and eligibility requirements vary based on the college year the applicant is entering. Additional information is available on the scholarship application.

Interested students may request an application by contacting:

Brad Oberg
Vice President AEF-AIAWy
310 Carriage Drive Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009
Phone: (307) 631-9484
Email: obergb68@gmail.com

Application forms and detailed information will be provided. Completed applications and requested information must be post marked no later than May 15, 2017.

HISTORY:

In 1997, AIA Wyoming established the Architectural Education Foundation of AIA Wyoming (AEF-AIAWy) to assist Wyoming students obtaining an architectural education at accredited schools of architecture. There are no accredited schools of architecture in Wyoming. That makes the financial commitment for Wyoming architecture students even more challenging. The Architectural Education Foundation of AIA Wyoming is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered in the State of Wyoming. The AEF-AIAWy is administered by the Board of Directors selected from the membership of AIA Wyoming. Current Board members are: Mike Potter, AIA, President; Brad Oberg, AIA, Vice President; Clint Taylor, AIA, Treasurer; and Katie Wilson, AIA, Director.

The AEF-AIAWy awards multiple scholarships each year to deserving Wyoming residents or Wyoming high school and Wyoming college graduates. To be eligible, students must have an anticipated college path leading to a degree in architecture, be a graduate of a Wyoming high school, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, or a current Wyoming resident. College freshman through Master of Architecture graduate students are now eligible for scholarships.

The original funds for the scholarship were a gift of $3,000 from the Colorado Producers Council to AIA Wyoming in the late 1980’s. During the 1990’s, AIA Wyoming started distributing a portion of excess funds from the previous year’s budget to the AEF-AIAWy scholarship fund. Those gifts continue still. In the past ten years, the AEF-AIAWy has asked AIA Wyoming member firms to make a yearly donation pledge. Reminders of those pledges are sent to firms each year. AEF-AIAWy also solicits gifts from allied professionals, Wyoming philanthropic organizations and individuals, and holds periodic fund raising events. The AEF-AIAWy has been able to grow the corpus of the scholarship funds to a level where we can sustain many of the scholarship awards from yearly earnings.

Scholarships will be awarded on a graduated scale based on the college year you are entering and consider overall need, ability, desire and determination. Additional considerations include the applicant’s potential to successfully complete their architectural education and enter into architecture as a profession. Applicant submittal and eligibility requirements vary based on the college year the applicant is entering. Additional information is available on the scholarship application.

In the past 14 years, the Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarships to deserving Wyoming students of architecture.

PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:

2014 Amanda Anderson, Cheyenne, University of Washington; Amanda Hansen, Green River, University of Oregon; Jayde Gonsalez, Worland, Montana State University

2013 Samantha Compton, Worland, Kansas State University; Jayde Gonsalez, Worland, Montana State University

2012 Levi VanBuggenum, Sheridan/Big Horn/Story, University of Arizona; Amanda Hansen, Green River, University of Oregon; Samantha Compton, Worland, Kansas State University

2011 Kay Guidry, Cheyenne, Boston Architectural College; Cydney Means, Gillette, Montana State University; Kelly Buchanan, Cheyenne, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Levi VanBuggenum, Sheridan/Big Horn/Story, University of Arizona; Samantha Compton, Worland, Kansas State University; Amanda Anderson, Cheyenne, Montana State University; Jayde Gonsalez, Worland, Montana State University

2010 Jesse Biggs, Mountain View, University of Utah; Erica Brus, Cody, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Kay Guidry, Cheyenne, Boston Architectural College; Britt Bandel-Jeske, Jackson, University of Washington; Joselia Mendiolea, Green River, Pratt Institute; LeAndra Merritt, Afton, University of Utah; Levi VanBuggenum, Sheridan/Big Horn/Story, University of Arizona; Carl Wedell, Cheyenne, University of Colorado
2009 Erica Brus, Cody, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Kelly Buchanan, Cheyenne, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Carol Heffern, Cheyenne, University of Arizona Tucson; Joselia Mendiolea, Green River, Pratt Institute; LeAndra Merritt, Afton, University of Utah

2008 Britt Bandel, Jackson, University of Washington; Erica Brus, Cody, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Ian Daniels, Gillette, Tulane University; Chad Evans, Pavilion, Montana State University; Carol Heffern, Cheyenne, University of Arizona Tucson; Megin Rux, Laramie, University of Kansas; Sara Staffanson, Star Valley, University of Utah

2007 Carol Heffern, Cheyenne, University of Arizona Tucson; Kyler Hokanson, Afton, University of Utah; Erica Brus, Cody, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

2006 Joshua Cabot, Cheyenne, Syracuse University; Dawn Carlton, Cheyenne, Montana State University; Carrissa Christensen, Casper, Illinois Institute of Technology; Brandon Daigle, Casper, University of Colorado; Carol Heffern, Cheyenne, University of Arizona Tucson; Brandon VanTassell, Laramie, University of Idaho

2005 Jesse Vigil, Laramie, Montana State University

2004 Jessica Jellison, Banner, Montana State University; Nicole Olovich, Sheridan, Montana State University; Veronica Schreibeis, Laramie, Montana State University; Russell Schutte, Sheridan, Montana State University

2003 Steven Harrop, Montana State University; Laura Ridgeway, Montana State University

FUNDRAISERS:

AEF-AIAWy partners with AIA Wyoming in hosting fundraising events. Fundraisers could include guided fly fishing trips or played in a four-person golf scramble. The fundraising goals are for everyone to have a good time, promote the AEF-AIAWy and increase the scholarship funds available.

 

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