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CIEF Scholarships in Architecture

Offered by Construction Industry Education Foundation

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Dec 13, 2022
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

College & Graduate Students

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

March 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a minority student from California majoring in architecture? If so, consider applying for the CIEF Scholarships in Architecture! The scholarships are open to minority students with a permanent California address pursuing a postsecondary degree in architecture. The program includes two types of scholarships: a five-year scholarship leading to a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Architecture and a Community College Scholarship for students who plan to transfer to a Bachelor’s or Master’s of Architecture Program from a community college.

The scholarships are funded by the Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) to help increase the representation of minorities in the Architecture profession. The foundation works to “introduce and engage high school students and young adults to the rewarding careers available in the built environment.” Every year, recipients of the “bachelor’s or master’s in architecture” scholarship earn $4,000 per year while “Community College scholarship​” recipients receive $2,000 per year. If you are a minority student passionate about obtaining a degree in architecture, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to minority students pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in architecture, or students at community colleges who plan on transferring to a Bachelor's or Master's of Architecture program. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College & Graduate Students


US Citizens, Permanent Residents


Black/African, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander



Application information

To apply for this scholarship, email your online application, proof of minority status (e.g. copy of birth certificate), a recent headshot, a completed media release form, and the below application materials as a single PDF to [email protected].

500-word essay

Proof of enrollment


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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Construction Industry Education Foundation at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the CIEF Scholarships in Architecture is renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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