James W. Fitzgibbon Scholarships in Architecture

  • One full-tuition scholarship and up to five $6,000 scholarships
  • Renewable annually, as long as the scholar is making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

The James W. Fitzgibbon Scholarship in Architecture recognizes outstanding academic performance and promise in the field of architecture. Washington University’s College of Architecture offers the scholarship to an entering firstyear student who plans to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Architecture or the Bachelor of Design in Architecture.

We encourage you to apply if you have demonstrated outstanding scholastic potential for a professional career in architecture and are able to present evidence of your creative ability through a portfolio.


Each College of Architecture applicant who submits a digital portfolio will be considered. No separate scholarship application is required.

Fitzgibbon Scholars generally score in the top ranges on the SATs or ACTs. Most are in the top 10 percent of their classes in high school and have followed an extremely rigorous curriculum. They are to present evidence of their creative ability through a portfolio.

On-Campus Interviews for Finalists

Finalists are notified in mid-February and invited to campus for our Scholarship Weekend.  The university will pay for finalists’ round-trip expenses within the United States and their expenses in St. Louis during this visit. To remain eligible, finalists must attend these activities. Each committee prepares special activities and events that allow them to get to know the finalists and that allow the finalists to interact with our current scholars, faculty, staff, and each other.

To apply for the James W. Fitzgibbon Scholarships in Architecture:

  • On your application for admission to the Class of 2025, select Architecture as your major.
  • Submit a digital portfolio consisting of 10-20 pieces of recent work. 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.
  • All applications must be submitted by January 2, 2021.