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.
Candidates are asked to submit creative video responses to show us how they interact with our design and demonstrate what the space makes possible.
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.
WHO CAN ENTER?
- Argo Community High School (District 217)
- Bartlett High School (School District U-46)
- Community High School (Community High School District 94)
- Dwight Eisenhower High School (Community High School District 218)
- Elgin Academy
- Elgin High School (School District U-46)
- Elmwood Park High School (District 401)
- Harlem High School (Harlem School District 122)
- Homewood Flossmoor Community High School (Homewood Flossmoor School District 233)
- Hononegah Community High School (Hononegah Community High School District 207)
- Lake Zurich High School (District 95)
- Larkin High School (School District U-46)
- Lemont High School (Lemont Township High School District 210)
- Lincoln-Way Central High School (Lincoln-Way School District 210)
- Lincoln-Way East High School (Lincoln-Way School District 210)
- Lincoln-Way West High School (Lincoln-Way School District 210)
- Lockport Twp. High School (Lockport Township High School District 205)
- Lyons Twp. High School (Lyons Township High School District 204)
- Mendota High School (Mendota High School District 280)
- Newark High School (District 18)
- Richards High School (Community High School District 218)
- Ridgewood High School (Ridgewood High School District 234)
- Riverside Brookfield High School (District 208)
- Shepard High School (Community High School District 218)
- South Elgin High School (School District U-46)
- Stillman Valley High School (Meridian School District 223)
- Streamwood High School (School District U-46)
- Warren Township High School (School District 121)
|1. Students must submit Entry Form with required head shot and video link via the Think (about architecture) Scholarship website.|
By April 11, 2021
|2. YouTube views/likes tallied for School Level Competition.|
April 13, 2021
|3. YouTube views/likes tallied for State Level Competition.|
May 1, 2021
Recipients of the DLA Architects, Ltd. THINK [about architecture] SCHOLARSHIP will be selected by the Scholarship Committee at DLA Architects. The Scholarship Committee will take the following factors into consideration when evaluating student video submissions.
Relevance to DLA: How well the video tells the story of how the space is received by students and how the architecture affects learning
Creativity: Originality, uniqueness, and ingenuity demonstrated in the video
View Count: Number of views the video receives as determined by the YouTube media player
Ratings: Overall rating the video receives by other YouTube users
This scholarship is limited to high schools served by DLA Architects, Ltd. and is extended, on an annual basis, to schools designated by the principals of the firm.
The 2021 Deadline is April 11th
With the disruption of school closings in Illinois you might be worried about how you’ll create a video for your scholarship entry. Here’s what you need to know:
- Your video does NOT need to show the spaces you are talking about. If you have photos, you’re welcome to use them, but it’s not required. We’ve had great past entries that didn’t have a single photo or video footage of the school.
- New this year you may submit a 300 to 500-word essay instead of a video!
The rules are the same, tell us how the architecture affected your learning. What did the way your spaces are designed make possible? Were you able to collaborate with your peers? Did windows or natural light calm you or distract you? Could you hear what was being told or was the room too noisy to work? Was the furniture comfortable to work in? How did the paint colors or flooring colors make you feel? Were you able to focus on your work? Did the room’s layout help you to use technology? Were there any features that allowed you to teach your peers or that allowed you to learn from them?