“We greatly value the unique experiences and backgrounds of the next generation of designers,” says Alice Lowy, marketing director at Vectorworks. “With this in mind, we established this program three years ago to reward talented students and to support their academic endeavors in the classroom and beyond so that they can kick-start their careers.”
To apply, students must submit their best individual or group project and answer three questions in 150 words or less each. Eligible students must be enrolled in an accredited design program and registered for six or more credits or have graduated during the 2015 or 2016 school term. A notable panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on design integrity, originality, the effective use of computer technology and communication of design vision. Winners will be revealed on Friday, August 18, 2017.
The Vectorworks Design Scholarship program includes two rounds of judging. First round winners selected from regions around the world receive $3,000 USD and the opportunity to compete for the grand prize Richard Diehl Award worth an additional $7,000 USD. Furthermore, winners’ schools will receive free Vectorworks® design software and complimentary training for faculty and students.
Scholarship awards may be applied toward educational fees and purposes such as tuition, housing, textbooks, studying abroad and conference fees, to name a few.
The 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship received more than 2,000 entries and awarded 15 scholarships to individuals across the architecture, landscape and entertainment design fields in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Benno Schmitz from the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin won the Richard Diehl Award for his project, The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bonn. In 2014, the program awarded scholarships to 15 students from eight different countries, including University of Pennsylvania landscape architecture student Diego Bermudez, who was the grand prize winner. To date, Vectorworks has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarship funds.
To apply to the Vectorworks Design Scholarship or to learn more, go to vectorworks.net/scholarship.