FAQ

Application Procedures and Eligibility:

Q: Can I apply to both the Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Prize and the Roula Alakiotou Scholarship?
A: Yes! Students are eligible in their last year of an accredited degree for both awards.

Q: I’m graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, am I eligible to apply?
A: It depends – if you’re graduating with a Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch), you are! If you’re graduating with a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelors in Science (B.S.), unfortunately you are not.

Q: Are the application procedures the same for Gerturde Lempp Kerbis Award and the Roula Alakiotou Scholarship?
A: For both awards, you’ll register first and receive an ID number. Then, you’ll upload the documents through the website. Please be aware that the submission requirements are different for the two awards and there are two separate forms. Please ensure you’re submitting the documents to the correct form or your application may be lost.

Q: How will I know the results?
A: You’ll be notified via email of whether you won or not within about a month from the close of the awards.

Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Prize:

Q: What format does the Project Proposal need to be?
A: The Project Proposal should be an 11” x 17” PDF. It can be either landscape or portrait.

Q: Are there specific drawings required?
A: No, but please include drawings that you think will most accurately showcase your project to the jury!

Q: I worked on the project with another student but would like to submit alone – what should I do?
A: You should follow “Option 2” on the submission requirements. If you’re submitting a group project by yourself, the work presented must be substantially yours. You’ll need to include your specific role in the project explanation and you’ll need to include a memorandum from your team members. More details can be found on the submission guidelines. Please submit this as a separate pdf named “#ID_XXX_Memorandum” where XXX is the numeric ID number that you receive from CWA.

Q: Can things have my name on them?
A: No – your design project, project statement, and resume should not have your name or university on them. The letters of recommendation can have your information on them – please direct your recommenders to the submission guidelines for specific details about what is needed in the letters.

Q: What is the voting process like?
A: There will be two voting rounds. The first round will be a closed voting session juried by CWA and CWAF members. After determining finalists, the second round will be an in-person session open to the public.

Roula Alakiotou Scholarship:

Q: What format does the portfolio need to be?
A: The file should be a PDF, but sizing and orientation are up to you! Please submit your portfolio in a format that showcases your work best.

Q: I’m concerned about getting a letter from the Dean of my architecture school, what do I do?
A: Please reach out to your Dean and talk to them! Asking your recommenders early for letters always helps. The requirements for the letter are contained in the submission guidelines – we would recommend sending that along to help your Dean write the letter for you. If you still have issues, please reach out to us at scholarship@cwarch.org and we may be able to help on a case-by-case basis.

Q: There are some projects in my portfolio that I worked with another student – what should I do?
A: We want to see your skills as a team player, as well! Feel free to show us team project work, but make sure to have each of your group members fill out a Group Work Memorandum. Please submit this as a separate pdf named “#ID_XXX_Memorandum” where XXX is the numeric ID number that you receive from CWA.

Q: Should I be showing every project I’ve done in architecture school or a selection?
A: Consider this to be a portfolio that you would present to a firm you’d like to join. This typically shows your best project work! We’d recommend showing both your design and technical skills in this portfolio.

Q: Can things have my name on them?
A: No – your portfolio should not have your name or university on them. The letters of recommendation and transcripts can have your information on them – please direct your recommenders to the submission guidelines for specific details about what is needed in the letters.

Q: What is the voting process like?
A: There will be one closed voting session juried by CWA and CWAF members.