The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), has announced the grant winners of its annual Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship winners were announced at the organization's recent annual awards gala in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Eligibility for the grants was based on scholastic achievement and financial need as well as architectural talent. Every year, the AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees decides on the winners.
The scholarship award honorees were:
• Amanda Mullen of Woodbridge, N.J., a student at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., won a $5,000 grant. Mullen is in her third year of a five-year bachelor's degree program.
• Sarah Blitzer of Haworth, N.J., who received her bachelor's degree in architecture from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., won a $4,000 grant. Blitzer is currently pursuing a dual master's degree in architecture and historical preservation at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa.
• Steven Young of Fair Lawn, N.J., an undergraduate student at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., won a $3,000 grant. Young is currently in his final, thesis year of study for a bachelor's degree in architecture.
"Architecture students are the future of the architecture industry," said Jack Purvis, president of AIA-NJ. "As the statewide organization for New Jersey architects, we recognize the importance of celebrating architectural students' achievements, as well as helping them to meet their financial obligations. The grants are a testament to their success and thirst to succeed in this vital profession."
The application process for AIA-NJ's 2013 annual Scholarship Awards will be announced later this year. For further information, please visit http://www.aia-nj.org/about/scholarship.shtml.
About AIA and AIA New Jersey
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional organization that helps architects serve the public's needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. The organization, which was founded in 1857, recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., its 300 plus local chapters represent 86,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. AIA New Jersey, based in Trenton, is the local chapter of AIA. In 2000, it celebrated its 100th anniversary. AIA New Jersey has about 2,000 members in six regional sections. For more information, please visit www.aia-nj.org.