Single award in the amount of $10,000 per year for two years.
To promote and encourage the study of architecture by New York City public high school students through a two-year scholarship to supplement tuition and related costs during their freshman and sophomore years at a NAAB-accredited school of architecture in the U.S.
Applicants must be current New York City public high school seniors who have been accepted to a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture program at a NAAB-accredited School of Architecture in the U.S. Students at NYC Charter High Schools are eligible. Students at private, parochial or other schools where tuition is charged are not eligible. Applicants must provide a copy of their final graduation high school transcript in order to accept the award.
The second year of the scholarship funding is dependent on demonstrated successful completion of the student’s first year.
The following application materials must be submitted both electronically (PDF) and in hardcopy:
- Cover Page: The cover page provides the student’s contact information and an application checklist. Click here to download the Application Cover Page.
- Two Essays: Not exceeding 500 words each.
- Essay 1: Why are you interested in studying architecture?
- Essay 2: What building in New York City has inspired you? Describe what you find interesting about it and why it is meaningful to you.
- Portfolio: The portfolio must consist of 3-4 pieces of the student’s own visual art, design, or architecture work. Projects may be 2-D or 3-D. If a group project is submitted, the student must indicate their role in the project.
- High School Transcript: Students must submit their most recent high school transcript as part of the application. Submission of a final graduation transcript, when available, will be required in order to accept the award.
- College Acceptance Letter: Students must submit proof of acceptance to a five-year Bachelor of Architecture program at one of the NAAB-accredited schools of architecture in the U.S. Other schools or programs other than architecture within these universities are not eligible for this scholarship.
- Two Letters of Recommendation: one from a teacher in their high school; the second may be from an employer, person in the field of architecture or other adult. Recommendations cannot be from a relative of the student and should speak to the student’s character, promise, skills, and the likelihood of success in a college architecture program. All letters of recommendation, both electronic and hard copy versions, must be signed and on letterhead. Hardcopy versions should be in a sealed, signed envelope.
- Note: There is no application fee.
- A self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) is required if applicants would like work samples returned. If a SASE does not have correct postage, the submission will not be returned. Portfolios will also be held for pick-up by the student for two weeks after the scholarship announcement date.
In addition to mailing a hard copy submission, all application materials must be submitted electronically as PDF documents. Please send all materials in one email, not to exceed 5 MB total size to email@example.com. Write in the subject line “Walter Hunt Scholarship Application” followed by the applicant’s last name. [Example subject line: Walter Hunt Scholarship Application – Smith].
Application Materials should be saved as PDF’s with the following titles:
- Cover Page: Walter Hunt Scholarship Cover Page – Applicant’s Last Name
- Essays: Walter Hunt Scholarship Essays – Applicant’s Last Name
- Portfolio: Walter Hunt Scholarship Portfolio – Applicant’s Last Name
- High School Transcript: Walter Hunt Scholarship High School Transcript – Applicant’s Last Name
- College Acceptance Letter: Walter Hunt Scholarship College Acceptance Letter – Applicant’s Last Name
- Letters of Recommendation: Recommendation*: Walter Hunt Scholarship Recommendation – Applicant’s Last Name. Applicants may include PDF’s of the recommendation letters in their own electronic submission, or these may be sent directly by the recommender to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard Copy Submission
Staple all application documents together with the Cover Page Form on the front. Hardcopy recommendation letters must be sealed with recommender’s signature on back of the envelope with ink. They may be included in the student’s submission or sent directly by the recommender. If recommenders are sending their letters separately, please note this on the Cover Page Form.
Mail or hand-deliver hard-copy application materials to:
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012
ATTN: Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship Application – Applicant’s Last Name
Click here for directions to the Center for Architecture.
1. Do applications need to be post-marked by the deadline?
All application materials, included letters of recommendation sent directly by the recommender, must be RECEIVED both electronically and in hard copy by May 15th by 5:00 pm EST. No exceptions. Refer to the Submission Instructions section for further details.
2. Is it possible to extend the deadline based on personal extenuating circumstances?
3. Can I submit my New York City public high school transcripts after the May 15th deadline?
Students should submit their most recent high school transcript as part of the application. Final graduation transcripts will be required in order to disburse the award.
4. Can letters of recommendation be sent separately from the application?
Applicants are strongly advised to mail complete applications (application, two essays, a portfolio, high school transcript, college acceptance letter, and two letters of recommendation) in one package. However, letters of recommendation may be sent separately, either electronically or in hardcopy. Refer to the Application Requirements section for further details.
5. Can I hand-deliver my application?
Yes, applicants may hand-deliver their complete application to the Center for Architecture. Hand-delivered submissions should be addressed in the following manner: Center for Architecture ATTN: Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship Application – Applicant’s Last Name, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012
6. I attend a Charter high school or have been home-schooled in NYC. Am I eligible?
Yes, Charter schools are considered a type of public school. Students who attend private, parochial or other schools where tuition is charged are not eligible. Home-schooled students are also eligible and should provide a transcript equivalent with their application.
7. I graduated from a NYC public high school a year (or more) ago and am currently enrolled in a NAAB-accredited school of architecture. Am I eligible?
No, this scholarship is only open to current high school students who will be entering the first year of an Architecture program. However, students already in an architecture college or graduate school program may be eligible for our Center for Architecture Design Scholarship and the Eleanor Allwork Scholarship. Please follow the links for more information about these scholarships.
8. What does NAAB-accredited mean?
It is “The National Architectural Accrediting Board,” the only agency in the US that is authorized to accredit professional architecture programs. Click here for more information.
9. I have been accepted to a non NAAB-accredited school of architecture, am I eligible?
No, the scholarship is only valid for students accepted to a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture program at a NAAB-accredited school.
10. I have been accepted to an eligible school, but will be studying engineering or a related design field other than architecture. Am I eligible?
No, this scholarship is only for students entering B.Arch programs.
11. Do applicants need to submit documentation of financial need?
12. Is it possible to review the submissions of past recipients?
No, but you can read more about our recent recipient here.
13. What is the schedule of notification?
Applicants will be notified by mid-July.
14. Can applicants submit an electronic portfolio that is more than 5 MB?
No, 5 MB is the maximum size permitted.
In March 2012, the retirement of Walter A. Hunt, Jr. FAIA, Vice Chairman Emeritus of the Architecture and Design Firm, Gold Gensler was celebrated with a fundraiser that raised $150,000. Principal contributors included the Gensler Foundation, partners and staff at Gensler, and the Hunt family.
To honor Walter Hunt’s dedication to the field of architecture, this fund was used to establish a scholarship to assist New York City public high school students pursuing a degree in architecture at an NAAB-accredited school of architecture in the U.S.
The scholarship was named the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship because of Walter Hunt’s wish to specifically support New York City public high school students.
The first scholarship was awarded in Spring 2014.
The 2018 winner was Sarah Saad, who will use the scholarship for her 5 year B.Arch program at Cooper Union.
The 2017 winner was Ryo Ishioka, who will use the scholarship for his 5 year B.Arch program at Syracuse University.
The 2016 winner was Victoria Clarke, who will use the scholarship for her 5 year B.Arch program at Cornell University.
The 2015 winner was Ivan Vuckovic, who will use the scholarship for his 5 year B.Arch program at Pratt Institute.
The 2014 winner was Farzana Anika, who will use the scholarship for her 5 year B.Arch program at Pratt Institute.