The $5,000 renewable scholarship, open to high school seniors in Texas and California, is aimed at addressing the well-documented lack of diversity in the building design professions.
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- LPA Design Studios is now accepting applications for the LPA Diversity in Design Scholarship, a scholarship and career development program aimed at addressing the well-documented lack of diversity in the building design professions. Entries are due by January 31, 2024 and may be completed here.
The program provides up to five high school seniors with a $5,000 award that can be renewed each year. In addition to financial aid, students are matched with LPA mentors in their respective disciplines and have the opportunity for paid summer internships at LPA. Preference is given to students from historically underrepresented communities, and financial need is prioritized.
Now in its fourth year, the LPA Diversity in Design Scholarship provides a pipeline into the design professions by focusing on long-term relationships with students and offering practical experience to help them progress in their education. Thirteen students have won the scholarship since the program started in 2021, and all 13 are still receiving support.
"It's been gratifying to be able to work with these young people as they start their exploration of our industry," said LPA CEO and Chief Talent Officer Wendy Rogers. "LPA is committed to investing and empowering talented and deserving students from underrepresented backgrounds."
Applicants must be high school seniors in California or Texas who have been accepted in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited four- or five-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. The following degree programs are eligible:
- Landscape Architecture
- Interior Architecture/Design
- Architectural Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Building Science
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Related fields
Administered by Scholarship America, the LPA Diversity in Design Scholarship is part of LPA for Change, LPA's community impact initiative. Other components of the initiative include participation in the National Organization of Minority Architects' Project Pipeline, the ACE Mentor Program of America, and the International Living Future Institute's JUST program.
About LPA Design Studios
LPA is a multi-discipline firm focused on collaboration, inclusion and an integrated design process that connects building performance and design excellence. Founded in 1965, the firm's mission is to deliver timeless, sustainable designs that benefit the environment, generate lasting value, enrich the human experience, and ensure a better future. With six studios in California and Texas, LPA's team includes more than 400 in-house architects, master planners, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and research analysts, working across a wide array of sectors. In 2021, LPA was honored as AIA California's Firm of the Year, the organization's highest annual honor for an architectural firm. For more information, visit lpadesignstudios.com.
SOURCE LPA Design Studios