The American Institute of Architects Northwest + Pacific Region (AIA NWPR) is offering scholarships to cover airfare and registration expenses to attend the AIA Grassroots 2017 Leadership Conference. The conference will be held in Washington, DC on March 8-10, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to observe first-hand how the AIA works for the benefit of architects through leadership training and federal legislation advocacy. This is also an opportunity to learn about critical issues facing the profession and how you can participate in addressing these issues. Past participants have returned from this conference energized and empowered to take leadership positions at the local, state and regional levels, and contribute their energy and enthusiasm to improve the profession.

 This year’s scholarship for the conference will cover economy airfare and conference registration. The scholarship does not cover housing costs, and is the responsibility of the recipient. Preference will be given to young architect AIA members (those licensed less than 10 years) and AIA Associate Members. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they have already taken a leadership role in the AIA in their chapters and what they hope to learn from the experience and training offered at Grassroots 2017.

 Applications will be reviewed by the AIA NWPR Directors, the Young Architects Forum Representative (YAF) and the Regional Associate Director (RAD). Notification will be provided the first week of February, 2017. Selected scholarship recipients will be required to attend all of the conference events including the lobbying meetings on Capitol Hill, and the AIA NWPR Board meeting. In addition, recipients will be asked to provide a written report of their findings and lessons learned from the conference within 30 days of the end of the conference. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the Grassroots Conference opportunities with their chapter leadership who have attended in the past to get a better idea of the activities and benefits that they can expect to experience through their participation at this unique event. Information about Grassroots 2017 can be accessed by going to Grassroots 2017

 Application requirements. Interested candidates must submit:

  • A one-page letter of nomination from an AIA state or local chapter located in the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Hawaii, and Guam). Candidates may be self-nominated if they provide two letters of reference from AIA members in good standing, affirming the nominee’s ambition and potential for leadership in the AIA.
  • A one-page resume listing as a minimum, education, professional experience, awards and acknowledgements, and related volunteer positions held.
  • A one-page essay from the nominee focusing on what he or she hopes to gain from the experience both personally and professionally.A one-page letter from the applicant’s employer (unless self-employed) stating their understanding and support of the time commitment for the applicant to attend this meeting.

 Submissions must be received in PDF format no later than Monday, January 30, 2017. Send submissions in PDF format to AIA NWPR Executive Director Saundra Stevens at saundra.stevens@mac.com. Questions? Call Saundra at 503-319-2292.