Thank you for your interest in applying to the AIA West Virginia Scholarship Program funded by the West Virginia Foundation for Architecture.  Please complete the online application (FOUND HERE) and provide the requested documentation to AIA West Virginia no later than November 25th, of each year.  Additional materials submitted beyond that listed on the attached instruction form will NOT be considered, nor returned.

Applicants must be a West Virginia resident as established by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Rules and Policies, Series 25: Residency Classification for Admission and Fee Purposes and have completed six or more semesters in a NAAB accredited undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture or in pre-professional Bachelor of Arts or Science in Architecture undergraduate program with the intent to enroll in an accredited Master’s program or be enrolled/accepted in a NAAB accredited Master of Architecture program by May 30th, of the year of application.

All applicants will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and semi-finalists selected during the month of November.  Those semi-finalists will be requested to appear before the Committee for an interview and presentation of their portfolio of architectural projects during the December holiday recess at the AIA WV Offices in Charleston.  Notification of scholarship awards will be made during the following week and scholarship checks will then be distributed to the respective bursar’s offices prior to the start of the spring semester.  Scholarship awardees will be invited to attend AIA West Virginia’s Design Awards Gala Dinner.

A single scholarship or multiple scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the Committee. The Floyd J. Clingenpeel Scholarship may be awarded each year at the Scholarship Committee’s discretion to the applicant who demonstrates his/her ability to develop project concepts utilizing sustainable principles, alternative energy systems, or new technologies for environmental systems in an integrated manner.  This scholarship is funded annually through a gift from Harper Engineering.

Applicants will be judged on overall architectural ability, desire, and potential for successfully completing their program and entering the architectural profession.  Should you have any questions regarding the process or requirements, please call AIA West Virginia’s Executive Director, Judy Belcher, at (304) 344-9872 or email

AIA West Virginia has awarded over $297,000 to 116 students through our scholarship program since its inception in 1986.  The program is funded through the generous support of our component members and sponsors.  We greatly appreciate an award of $1000 from AIA national to support the program.