To enter create a 2-3 minute video OR a 300 to 500-word essay.
- how(where) you are learning this year and
- how the architecture of your environment affected learning.
Whether this school year has meant full virtual, hybrid, or in-person learning, the environment in which you learn affects the experience.
Open to graduating Seniors at the following Illinois schools:
When the judges sit down to watch the entries submitted by students at a school, they use an app with a list of questions. They assign a score of 0-5 to each question and these are totaled up (along with an automatically weighted score for YouTube views and likes).
The questions the judges must score on include:
Some students might score high on creativity, but don’t talk about their own learning so they might not win. Other students might have some great personal stories about learning and the architecture, but their video might just be a slideshow with no sound, and they can still score well.
The top winner will receive a total of $1,500 and the state runner-up will receive a total of $1,000. Each of the school level winners will be awarded $500. This is because the selection process for the DLA Architects, Ltd. THINK [about architecture] SCHOLARSHIP is multi-tiered.
Students compete first at the school level. One student from each school listed will receive a one-time cash award of $500 to be applied to tuition and/or books and materials at a college or university.
Students are also competing at a state level. All $500 recipients will be qualified to compete for this award. One student will be selected as state runner-up, receiving an additional cash award of $500. One student will receive a first-place award of an additional $1,000.
The award of the DLA Architects, Ltd. THINK [about architecture] SCHOLARSHIP will be presented by a representative of DLA Architects, Ltd. at an appropriate award ceremony, as designated by the high school personnel.
The DLA Architects, Ltd. THINK [about architecture] SCHOLARSHIP is an opportunity for talented graduating students to demonstrate the role that architecture plays in their lives. The specific purpose of the scholarship is:
- to promote an understanding of the built environment and how people interact with it, especially schools;
- to foster a genuine interest in the societal value of architecture as an art form and an enhancement to the general quality of life; and
- to encourage high school students to pursue higher education, especially in architecture.
At DLA Architects, we don’t only see the THINK [about architecture] Scholarship as a competition, but also as a learning experience all around. We hope that by participating, students learn to look at the built environment around them and think about why things are done the way they are and how these decisions affect everyone who uses the building or grounds. The social aspect of the competition, we hope, empowers students to get other people to think about architecture, too.
Candidates participate by submitting a creative video response to show us how they interact with our design and demonstrate what the space makes possible.