Established in 2004 in memory of ZGF founding partner Norm Zimmer, the ZGF Scholarship has grown from a locally-based approach to a nationwide effort offered to accredited programs around the U.S.. Administered by the Oregon Community Foundation of Oregon, the mission of the scholarship—to recognize and support students who demonstrate a talent and passion for design—echoes ZGF’s commitment to mentorship and fostering the next generation of design talent. To date, the ZGF Scholarship has awarded a total of $120,000 to qualified students across the country.
How It Works
Each spring, ZGF selects one recipient to receive a $10,000 scholarship to be applied to their final year of school and a paid summer internship opportunity in one of the ZGF’s five U.S. office locations. The internship has a flexible start date and location and is based on current workload.
Students beginning their final year in an accredited program—enrolled in a fifth year of an undergraduate degree or master’s program in architecture (NAAB), interior design (CIDA), urban planning (PAB), or landscape architecture (LAAB)—in the fall of 2019 and graduating in 2020, and who currently reside in the United States, are eligible to apply.
To apply, the following requirements must be submitted:
- Application form
- Portfolio including five examples of design work
- One-page essay discussing the design intent of the work shown in the portfolio
- One letter of recommendation signed by a faculty member from your department’s program on the school’s letterhead addressing the candidate’s talent and passion for the field of architecture
This year’s application window is closed. If you are interested in applying, please check back in November 2018 for more details. All submissions will be due on February 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 cycle.
Want to learn more about the 2018 ZGF Scholarship winner? Click here to learn about Stanislas Challiou and check out his portfolio!
Stanislas Chaillou, 2018 Recipient
- 2017Jihye Choe, University of Michigan
- 2016Graham Brindle, Yale School of Architecture
- 2015Lujac Desautel, California College of the Arts
- 2014Shifan Deng, University of California, Berkeley
- 2013Kyle Barker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 2012Anita Hsieh, Washington University, St. Louis
- 2011Amir Mikhaeil, Yale University
- 2010Jian Huang, Harvard Graduate School of Design
- 2009Riggs Skepnek, University of Pennsylvania
- 2008Annie Chan, University of Southern California
- 2008Gabriela Walter Caldera, University of Southern California
- 2007Li Junjie, University of California, Berkeley
- 2006Terri Moore, SCI-Arc
- 2005Agnessa Todorova, California College of the Arts
- 2004 David Hamilton, University of Virginia
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