“To be recognized for excellence in a subject that has been my passion my entire life is truly an honor, giving me the confidence to take risks, step further, and study deeper. My appreciation began with the finalist weekend, which did not promote a sense of competition, but a sense of common identity and warmth. This scholarship program, one of the ways the university cares for its students, seeks to promote community and excellence.”
- One full-tuition scholarship and up to five $6,000 scholarships
- Renewable annually
- Fitzgibbon Scholarship applicants may also apply for the Entrepreneurial Scholars Program, Ervin Scholars Program, or Rodriguez Scholars Program.
Washington University’s College of Architecture awards the James W. Fitzgibbon Scholarship in Architecture to an entering freshman who plans to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Architecture or the Bachelor of Arts with a major in architecture. The Fitzgibbon Scholarship consists of full tuition plus a $1,000 stipend; up to five partial-tuition awards are available for remaining finalists. The award is made for four years, as long as the Scholar is making satisfactory progress toward the degree.
The Fitzgibbon Scholarship in Architecture
The Fitzgibbon Scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance and promise in the field of architecture.
High school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic potential for professional careers in architecture are encouraged to apply. Applicants should rank high in their classes and should have SAT or ACT scores in the upper ranges. They are to present evidence of their creative ability through a portfolio.
As a part of your application for the Fitzgibbon Scholarship, you are asked to submit a digital portfolio of 12-15 pieces of recent work that demonstrate your creative abilities. It can take some time to assemble a portfolio, so it’s best to get started early.
The portfolio may include freehand drawings, paintings, sculptures, architectural design models and drawings, ceramics, etc. While you may include examples of drafting and CAD, we will place emphasis on projects that show a range of creative and spatial thinking.
Digital Portfolio: Submit images in a simple, nontimed PowerPoint presentation. Also include all of the work in the presentation, in a separate folder, as jpegs saved at no higher than 150 dpi resolution. Write your name and address on the CD/DVD–do not use a stick-on label. Remember to include an accompanying inventory/contact sheet showing thumbnails of all work on the CD/DVD. The inventory sheet must include your full name and address. If preferred, you may include additional information such as title of work, medium, dimensions, and date completed.
On-Campus Interviews for Finalists
Finalists, chosen by the Scholarship Committee, will be invited to Washington University for personal interviews with the faculty committee. To remain eligible for the scholarships, finalists will need to come to Washington University for the interview and related activities. The university will pay all for finalists' round-trip expenses within the United States and their expenses in St. Louis during these four days. The Fitzgibbon Scholar will be named in late March.