scholarships & grants

The Asian American Architects/Engineers Association (AAa/e) ( is committed to the empowerment of design professionals in personal growth, professional excellence, business development, and leadership in our communities.

The Asian American Architects and Engineers Foundation (AAa/e Foundation) was created in 2004 as a branch of the AAa/e to better support the efforts of the AAa/e in seeking additional means of fundraising for scholarships. The AAa/e Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities and scholarships for students and other individuals in the profession of architecture, engineering or construction.

The purpose of the scholarships and grants is to provide encouragement and financial support for students and professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC).

The 2024 Scholarships & Grants schedule:

  • Application Open: March 24, 2024
  • Deadline: May 31, 2024
  • Winner Notification: July 15, 2024

If you have any questions, email us at [email protected]

Our Past Award Recipients

We’re pleased to announce the winner of our Scholarship Recipients!
Learn More about what made us select them to help prepare your 2024 application.

To apply for this scholarship:

AAa/e Membership

AAa/e Association membership is only required for the Student Loan Grant.

All other scholarship categories DO NOT require a membership.

How to apply the scholarship:

Step 1 - Personal Information

Complete and submit your personal information

Step 2 - Supporting Documents

Gather and submit your supporting documents before the application due date

If Selected as the winner, you must:

Attend Scholarship Ceremony

There will be a scholarship ceremony to recognize all our scholarship and grant winners at the annual AAa/e Banquet on October 3rd 2024 in Los Angeles. You will be required to be in attendance at this event.

This is mandatory so if you cannot make it to this event, you are disqualified.

Award video

Also, if you are selected to be awarded for a scholarship, we will film a short video clip of you talking about you and your interest in pursuing the Architecture / Engineering / Construction (AEC) field.

This is mandatory, so if you cannot participate in the video, you do not qualify.  This interview can be virtual or in-person with our videographer.

If selected, when and how do I receive the award?

Applicants will be notified in mid July. In October, Awards will be presented at the AAa/e Banquet Dinner. Award recipients are required to attend the awards dinner to accept their awards and are expected to provide their own transportation to the dinner location. Dinner itself will be complimentary.

What is the scholarship amount?

Scholarships in the amount of up to $7,000 will be awarded. The AAa/e Foundation and its judges reserve the right to withhold awards if submissions are deemed unsatisfactory.

Do I need to be of Asian descent to apply?

No. The application is open to all people of any descent.

Can I apply for the same scholarship even though I’ve won in the past?

Yes, but the applications must to demonstrate growth from the previously submitted application.

I’m an out-of-state-student; am I still eligible for a scholarship?

Yes. Note that travel expenses associated with attending the Awards Banquet are not the responsibility of the AAa/e Foundation.

I am a senior in high school planning to attend college next semester. Which scholarship should I apply for?

If you are still a senior in high school at the time the application is due, you apply for the High School Scholarship.

I’ve completed my schooling but am not employed. Do I qualify for the Student Loan Grant?

Yes, you qualify. Employment is not a requirement.

I graduated several years ago and have been in the workforce since completion of my degree. Have I been employed for too long to be eligible for the Student Loan Grant?

No, there is no limit in years of employment to qualify for the Student Loan Grant. As long as you have outstanding student loans and are out of school, you are eligible.

I just graduated and have no plans to pursue another degree. Am I eligible for the Student Loan Grant?

Yes, you qualify. As long as you have student loans and are out of school, you are eligible for the Student Loan Grant.

Can the applicant send letters of recommendation directly to the AAa/e Foundation?

Yes, but please ensure letters are written on a letterhead and include contact information of the writer.

Can I submit group projects in my scholarship application?

Yes, group projects are accepted with a clear explanation of your contribution to the project.

Is it possible to decline participation in the short video clip?

Awardees of the High School, Community College, Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships are required to participate. Student Loan Grant and AEC Education Grant awardees are not required to participate in the short video clip.

As an awardee, can I use my video clip?

All videos are the property of the AAa/e Foundation and may be used with written permission.

Who do I contact for questions?

E-mail any questions to [email protected].