Scholarships and Awards

Many scholarships, honors, and awards are available to students at the BAC. For more information regarding current scholarship opportunities, please contact the Scholarships & Awards Department at 617.585.0106.

The Alumni Scholarship - Segment I Outstanding Student Award

Award Amount: $1,500
Established in 1972 by the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, this scholarship helps an outstanding and deserving student with a partial tuition scholarship for a semester of study at the Boston Architectural College.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify:

  • Students must be graduate or undergraduate students in the on-site Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Design Studies programs
  • Students must have been enrolled at the BAC for at least 2 semesters & currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits 
  • Students must be currently enrolled in their first Segment I studio
  • Students meeting the above criteria will be ranked on the basis of their academic standing among all eligible students and portfolio review scores

Students that meet these criteria are notified directly by the Scholarships & Awards Department once their status is confirmed with the Registrar's Office.
Application Requirements
The three highest-ranking students are invited for an interview with the Scholarships & Awards Committee.

 

The Alumni Scholarship - Segment I Portfolio Award

Award Amount: $500
This prize is awarded twice a year to assist an outstanding student with the most impressive portfolio from the Segment I Portfolio Review. Students are nominated based on their Portfolio Review performance and then chosen by the Scholarships & Awards Committee.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Segment I Portfolio Award:

  • Student's portfolio must pass Segment I Portfolio Review with at least one recommendation to be considered for nomination for the award
  • Once recommended, student's portfolio must be reviewed and selected by a committee to determine who will be officially nominated for the award

Students that meet these criteria are notified directly by the Scholarships & Awards Department once their status is confirmed with the Education Department.
Application Requirements
Students who are eligible to participate must submit their BAC Segment I Portfolio.

 

The Alumni Scholarship - Segment II Outstanding Student Award

Award Amount: $1,500
This scholarship is awarded twice a year to assist an outstanding student who is pre-thesis/pre-degree project and has completed two Segment II studios or its equivalent.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify:

  • Student must be graduate or undergraduate students in the Architecture or Interior Architecture programs
  • Student must have completed two Segment II studios or its equivalent
  • Students must be pre-thesis or pre-degree project
  • Students must have been enrolled at the BAC for at least 2 semesters & currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits
  • Students meeting the above criteria will be ranked on the basis of their academic standing among all eligible students and portfolio review scores

Students that meet these criteria are notified directly by the Scholarships & Awards Department once their status is confirmed with the Registrar's Office.
Application Requirement
The three highest-ranking students are invited for an interview with the Scholarships & Awards Committee.

 

The Alumni Scholarship - Thesis Award

Award Amount: $1,000
This scholarship is awarded twice a year to assist an outstanding student enrolled in Thesis Seminar.
Scholarship Criteria
The following criteria must be met in order to qualify:

  • Student must be currently enrolled full-time at the BAC and in Thesis Seminar
  • Student must rank in the top 10 students based on GPA

Students that meet these criteria are notified directly by the Scholarships & Awards Department once their status is confirmed with the Registrar's Office.
Application Requirements
Students who are eligible to participate must submit their current BAC portfolio.

 

The John Worthington Ames Scholarship

Award Amount: $10,000
The John Worthington Ames Scholarship was established in 1955 by Mrs. John Worthington Ames in memory of her husband, a distinguished Boston architect and dedicated supporter of the BAC. The John Worthington Ames Scholarship is to be used to further personal development through an educational experience related to architecture and design in accordance with a stated and accepted program. The Ames Committee defines "educational experience" as one that would develop mental, artistic, or cultural capacities.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Ames Scholarship:

  • Students must have entered Thesis or Degree Project prior to the Spring 2018 semester.
  • Students must have attended the BAC for at least six semesters (students with equivalent transfer credit are also eligible to apply).
  • Students must not have applied for this scholarship twice before.
  • Students who graduated in the past year may apply provided they have not done so twice before

Application Requirements
To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit the following materials:

  • An essay of 500 words maximum (double spaced) outlining their proposed use of the funds, travel itinerary and how they feel this use will further their professional, academic and personal goals.
  • A hard copy of their portfolio (electronic copies will not be accepted). Portfolios are limited to the standard presentation size of either 8 ½ x 11" or 11 x 17". No oversized portfolios will be reviewed.

Please place your application materials in a large envelope marked to the attention of Sarah Hoen, Manager or Student Services and turn it in to Sarah at the Student Services office on 951 Boylston Street or leave it in her mailbox on the 2nd floor of 320 Newbury Street.
If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Hoen at 617.585.0106 or sarah.hoen@the-bac.edu.

 

Chleck Family Foundation Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
This one-year award is granted to meritorious students with demonstrated financial need with the goal of helping the BAC to attract and retain deserving and talented students.
Application Requirements
Recipients of the scholarship are selected and notified by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

 

Holly Cratsley, B.Arch '84 Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,400
This scholarship is awarded each fall to an outstanding female architecture student based on academic merit and need, through the generous support of Holly Cratsley, B.Arch '84 and Nashawtuc Architects, Inc.
Application Requirements
Recipients of the scholarship are selected and notified by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

 

Dean's Award

Award Amount: Varies
Each year the BAC awards a total of $100,000 in Dean's Awards. This scholarship is a competitive award granted to incoming students who have demonstrated academic excellence. It is a partial scholarship that is renewable for the duration of a student's program at the BAC.
Application Requirements
Students are automatically considered for this award if they complete their application for admission to the BAC by the priority deadline. The dates for the priority application deadline are November 15 for the Spring semester and February 15 for the Fall semester.

 

Designers Lighting Forum Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
This is an annual travel scholarship that sponsors a one-time scholarship for (1) current BAC student each year to attend lighting trade shows and education conferences, with destinations alternating between the Light + Building: International Trade Fair for Architecture and Technology, in Frankfurt, Germany and LightFair International (LFI) in the United States.
To be eligible, students must:

  • be enrolled full-time and in Segment II or III
  • be in good academic standing
  • have successfully completed a Lighting Design course at the BAC [TM7365/365, TM7369/369, CD105E/TM470 Lighting Design Workshop], TM471 Lighting the Environment or its equivalent at another institution

To apply, students must submit:

  • a short (no longer than 100 words) statement of why they are passionate about learning more about lighting and attending the conference
  • a rendering, a sample portfolio of lighting design work OR drawings to show their enthusiasm for lighting design

 

The Howard F. Elkus Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000
The Howard F. Elkus Scholarship was established in 2017 by Elkus Manfredi Architects in memory of Howard Elkus (1938-2017), who devotedly served The Boston Architectural College from 2009 until his passing in 2017, first as an overseer and then as a trustee in 2015. He, as well as the firm he co-founded, Elkus Manfredi Architects, were and are avid supporters of the College's mission to diversify the design professions by providing any student the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and study design. Howard was a great champion of the BAC's students and hired many to work in his firm. This scholarship provides financial aid to deserving financially disadvantaged and/or under-represented minority students.
Application Requirements
Recipients of the scholarship are selected and notified by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

 

Foundation Award

Award Amount: Varies
The Foundation Award is a partial scholarship that is granted to meritorious students in their first year with demonstrated financial need. Students are recommended for this award based on the strength of application, including GPA and the Creative Excercise, and communication with the Admissions Department.
Application Requirements
Preference is given to students who apply for admission to the BAC by the priority deadline. To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit a completed BAC application including the Creative Excercise and have a conversation with the Admissions Department.

 

The Adeline Graves Fournier Prize

Award Amount: $3,000 (1st Place) & $1,250 (2nd Place)
The Adeline Graves Fournier Prize was established in 1997 at the Boston Architectural College by her husband, Joseph Fournier, and her family. Adeline (Ada) Graves was a graduate and long-standing supporter of the BAC. She was a dedicated and caring friend of many generations of BAC students. This prize honors her great enthusiasm for life and art.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Graves Scholarship:

  • Students must be enrolled in coursework in a BAC Degree Program
  • Students must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress for their Degree Program, as well as for Financial Aid
  • Students cannot have won this prize previously

Application Requirements
To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit the following materials:

  • One current sketchbook or illustrated journal with their freehand drawings, illustrating work and impressions gained while attending the BAC.
  • Work from previous schools should not be included.
  • Work cannot be done on a computer.

 

The William P. Francisco IV, B.Arch '04 Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,400
This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Bill Francisco, a BAC graduate and former faculty member. He was a dedicated student who graduated from the BAC in 2004 and went on to work as a Design Manager at Add Inc. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving Bachelor of Architecture student who is currently enrolled in or who has completed their first semester of Degree Project Studio.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Francisco Scholarship:

  • Student must be currently enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Architecture program at the BAC
  • Student must be enrolled in their first semester of Degree Project Studio in the semester for which this scholarship is awarded
  • Student must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Student must demonstrate financial need

Application Requirements
Recipients of the scholarship are selected and notified by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

 

The Heenan Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,400
This scholarship is awarded each fall to an outstanding student based on academic merit and need, in acknowledgement of Edward Heenan and his son, Edward Brett Heenan, in recognition of their love for the profession of architecture.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Heenan Scholarship:

  • Students must be enrolled full-time in their second year at the BAC
  • Students must have high financial need
  • Students must be in good academic standing

Application Requirements
Recipients of the scholarship are selected and notified by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

 

Robert Houseman and Richard Kirkham Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
The Robert Houseman and Richard Kirkham Scholarship was established on April 27, 2005 by William Houseman, '10 (Hon.) and Kenneth Bloom with the intent of increasing diversity among the BAC students and alumni, and the participation of underrepresented segments of the general population in the design professions in general, and to serve as a model for the development of similar programs at other design schools.
Application Requirements
Recipients of the scholarship are selected and notified by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

 

IPAL Fellowship

Award Amount: Varies
The IPAL Fellowship Fund was established in 2016 for students participating in the IPAL (Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure) initiative at the BAC. IPAL Partner Firms make annual contributions to fund these scholar¬ships. These contributions, in turn, are awarded to students employed at the partner firms.
Application Requirements
Recipients of the scholarship are selected and notified by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

 

Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,800
funded through the generosity of gifts made in memory of Emilio Arango, B.Arch '95, Herbert Glassman, Robert McCluskey, and Kelton Painchaud.
This scholarship is granted to meritorious students with demonstrated financial need with the goal of helping the BAC to attract and retain deserving and talented students.
Application Requirements
Recipients of the scholarship are selected and notified by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

 

The William E. Nast Scholarship

Award Amount: $800 (1st place) $600 (2nd place)
Established in 1987, through the generosity of William E. Nast, this scholarship is awarded twice a year to assist two outstanding students with the most impressive portfolios from the Segment II Portfolio Review. Students are nominated based on their Portfolio Review performance and then chosen by the Scholarships & Awards Committee.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Nast Scholarship:

  • Student's portfolio must pass Segment II Portfolio Review with at least one recommendation to be considered for nomination for the award
  • Once recommended, student's portfolio must be reviewed and selected by a committee to determine who will be officially nominated for the award

Students that meet these criteria are notified directly by the Scholarships & Awards Department once their status is confirmed with the Education Department.
Application Requirements
Students who are eligible to participate must submit their BAC Segment II Portfolio.

 

The Richard Painter Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,700
The Richard Painter Scholarship was established in 2001 with a gift from the Beacon Architectural Associates in honor of Richard Painter, a principal at Beacon Architectural Associates. Beacon principals recognize the demands of working and studying full-time, and hope the scholarship will inspire students to continue progression towards the completion of their program of study.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Painter Scholarship:

  • Students must be enrolled in any undergraduate program at the BAC
  • Students must have completed at least two semesters in the Concurrent Program at the time of application
  • Students must have applied for and received Financial Aid (can include Stafford Loans)
  • Students must be in good academic standing

Application Requirements
Students that meet these criteria are notified directly by the Scholarships & Awards Department and invited to submit a 250-500 word essay about their experiences balancing academics and practice at the BAC.

 

The John Heman Pilling Architecture Design Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
Established in 2005 from a gift from Ruth H. Pilling, the Pilling Scholarship is used to assist students with BAC related travel expenses. Ruth Pilling had several passions, including education, excelling in language, and studying through travel. All degree students registered for the chosen travel program will receive an equal distribution of the scholarship.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Pilling Scholarship:

  • Students must be enrolled in the studio/travel opportunity for which the scholarship has been allocated in the given semester

Application Process
None - students are automatically awarded if they meet the criteria above.

 

The PILOT Scholarship

Award Amount: Full tuition scholarship
The PILOT Scholarship, a full tuition and fees scholarship for the length of the program, is awarded to a graduate of the Boston Public Schools and Boston city resident who has been accepted and will be attending the B.Arch, BIA, BDS, or BLA program.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the PILOT Scholarship:

  • Students must be a graduate of the Boston Public Schools and a Boston city resident

Application Requirements
To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit the following materials:

  • A completed BAC Application for Admission, including the Creative Exercise

 

The Robert Scagliotti, '69, '08 (HON.) Scholarship

Award Amount: Two scholarships of $5,000 awarded annually
Established through the generosity of Robert Scagliotti, '69, '08 (Hon.) this scholarship is awarded each year to students in the Bachelor of Architecture program who have improved their community through volunteer work or changed careers to enter the field of architecture.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Scagliotti Scholarship:

  • Student must be currently enrolled full-time in the Bachelor of Architecture program at the BAC
  • Student must be currently maintaining a GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Student must demonstrate financial need as defined by the Financial Aid Office

Application Requirements
Students that meet these criteria are notified directly by the Scholarships & Awards Department and invited to submit a 500 - 1,000 word essay expressing their desire to have a career in architecture. Preference will be given to students who have improved their community through volunteer work and/or have changed careers to enter the field of Architecture. If applicable, please address this in your essay submission as well.

 

Joan Shafran and Rob Haimes Foundation Scholarship

Award Amount: 2 scholarships of $3,000 each annually
Established through the generosity of Joan Sharan and Rob Haimes, this scholarship is awarded each year to students in either the Bachelor of Architecture or Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program based on both financial need and merit.
Application Requirements
Recipients of the scholarship are selected and notified by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

 

The Steffian Bradley Architects Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500
The Steffian Bradley Architects Scholarship Fund in Memory of Peter Steffian and Joseph "Tony" Bradley was established in 1978 through the generosity of Steffian Bradley Architects and is awarded twice a year to help an outstanding and deserving student with a partial tuition scholarship for a semester of study at the Boston Architectural College. The fund, formerly known as the SBA/Steffian Bradley Associates Inc. Scholarship Fund in memory of Joseph M. Bradley, was revised in 2013 to honor both Peter Steffian '07 (Hon.) and Joseph M. Bradley.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Steffian Bradley Architects Scholarship:
Students must be graduate or undergraduate students in the Architecture or Interior Architecture programs

  • Students must have passed the Segment I Portfolio Review
  • Students must be currently enrolled in their first C-Level/Segment II Studio or its equivalent
  • Students must have been enrolled at the BAC for at least 2 semesters & currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits
  • Students meeting the above criteria will be ranked on the basis of their academic standing among all eligible students and portfolio review scores

Students that meet these criteria are notified directly by the Scholarships & Awards Department once their status is confirmed with the Registrar's Office.
Application Requirement
The three highest-ranking students are invited for an interview with the Scholarships & Awards Committee.

 

Student Scholarships Award

Award Amount: Varies
This scholarship is granted to meritorious students with demonstrated financial need with the goal of helping the BAC to attract and retain deserving and talented students.
Application Requirements
Recipients of the scholarship are selected and notified by the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

 

A. Anthony Tappé Fontainebleau Prize

Award Amount: $4,500
Each year, the BAC and Anthony Tappé provide one scholarship for an exciting study abroad program outside Paris, France. Selection is based on academic and practice standing, with preference given to advanced students of Architecture with excellent academic records and portfolio.  During the past 80 years, the Fontainebleau Schools have brought together different artistic disciplines in order to explore new ways of seeing, thinking and making architecture. For additional information, please visit fontainebleauschools.org.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Fontainebleau Scholarship:

  • Students must be enrolled in coursework in the Architecture Degree Program (preference given to advanced students; Segment II or higher).
  • Students must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress for their Degree Program, as well as for Financial Aid
  • Students must have demonstrated leadership skills and good citizenship as a BAC student

Application Requirements
To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit the following materials:

  • A current portfolio
  • A sketchbook
  • An essay of no more than 500 words discussing how you would make a good ambassador for the Boston Architectural College and how your participation in the Fontainebleau Architecture Program supports your educational goals.

Students should submit all application materials to the front desk of the Student Services office on 951 Boylston Street. All submissions should include your name and the name of the scholarship.

 

The Roy Viklund, '75 Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000
The Roy Viklund Scholarship was established in June of 2005 with a gift from Sasaki Associates to honor the memory of Roy Viklund. Roy was a BAC graduate who worked at Sasaki for over thirty years, twenty of those as a principal. Roy served in Vietnam and returned to the States to pursue a career in architecture. It was through the support of the BAC that he was able to achieve that dream.
Scholarship Criteria
The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the Viklund Scholarship:

  • Students must be currently enrolled in a BAC Degree Program and be in good academic standing
  • Students must be in Segment II or beyond
  • Students must have unmet financial need

Application Requirements
Students that meet these criteria are notified directly by the Scholarships & Awards Department and invited to submit an essay (of no longer than 500 words) that addresses their philosophy of design, the benefits and challenges inherent in a concurrent curriculum and articulate the values and character traits that have guided them through their program at the BAC. Essays will be reviewed by the Scholarships & Awards Committee who will then select up to 5 finalists to participate in an interview round.