Through its generous endowment established in 1983, the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara has given over $1,000,000 in scholarship monies to qualified Santa Barbara County students to pursue college level education in the design disciplines.
AFSB, in collaboration with the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, offers several scholarship awards ranging from $500 to $2,500, available to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:
- Applicant must have graduated or will graduate from a Santa Barbara County high school as of June.
- Applicant must complete a Scholarship Foundation Student Aid Application and submit with all supporting materials by January 31, and have a personal interview in March.
- Applicant must be a full-time college student in the academic year with a major in one of the following fields of study (two or four-year colleges):
- Landscape Architecture
- Architectural History
- Architectural Preservation
Preference will be given to applicants who show financial need, as verified by tax returns.
Student Aid applications are available at:
- High School Counselor’s Offices in Santa Barbara County
- Hancock College
- Santa Barbara City College
Applications and more information can also be found at: Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara Office, 2253 Las Positas Rd, Santa Barbara (805) 687-6065.
Lutah Maria Riggs Scholarship
This venerable award is named after the groundbreaking first licensed female architect in Santa Barbara and is traditionally awarded to a woman. Lutah Maria Riggs was a prominent architect in Santa Barbara having worked for and with George Washington Smith until his death in 1930. She continued her own architectural practice in Santa Barbara with projects in many other Southern California communities.
Applications are accepted from any architecture student, with special consideration for women, at the undergraduate or graduate level.
The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara and the Lutah Maria Riggs Scholarship Committee thank the individuals and organizations who have generously donated to the Lutah Maria Riggs scholarship fund.
The Architectural Foundation occasionally makes small awards in support of other groups or projects that are consistent with the goals and mission of the Foundation. The Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is a frequent recipient of modest funding awards for programs that have a mutual interest. Additionally, special awards have been presented to projects and individuals in support of excellence in architecture and design. Recent awards have included:
The James Osborn Craig memorial cross restoration grant award. Via a donation from Kent and Tanny Hodgetts, the AFSB awarded monies to fabricate and install a replica of the original wrought iron cross marking the grave of James Osborne Craig, prominent local architect who practiced with his wife Mary Craig, and died in 1922. Craig (and later his wife) was the architect of El Paseo and the Hoffman House. Architect Bill Mahan provided measured drawings and ironwork artist David Shelton created the cross. The installation ceremony was attended by Craig’s daughter Mary, granddaughter Pam, Kellam de Forest, Sue Adams, and Mary Louise Days, among others.
Erin Feeney Sustainable Architecture Travel Grant award. In 2007 the AFSB awarded Erin Feeney, a local graduate architectural student, a small stipend to support her Michael Keegan Travelling Fellowship, a post-graduate learning experience opportunity which she was awarded from Vanderbilt University. Erin’s award allowed her to encounter vernacular architecture of regions around the world which are threatened by the homogenizing forces of globalization.
Scholarship Recipients Thank AFSB
Many scholarship recipients have expressed their gratitude for our support of their education in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and planning.
“Thank you so much for the scholarship, your support means a lot to myself and my parents. Truly, without the support of organizations such as The Architectural Foundation, I would not be planning the beginning of my college education.” – Adrian Rodriguez
“I am especially grateful that you are supporting women in this mainly ‘male-dominated’ industry. In helping me financially I can rest easier that I will not be in complete debt when graduating from school. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity.”- Crystal E. Chen, Woodbury University
“I am very thankful that your organization has chosen me as a scholarship recipient again this year. It has taken a huge financial burden off of my family.” – Ken Farris, UC Berkeley
“The Cal Poly Architecture program is notoriously rigorous and time-consuming. My mother doesn’t want me to work during my freshman year so I could focus on school. Until this grant came, we couldn’t really afford that luxury. This grant has taken the place of a part-time job and now I won’t worry about my mother’s financial stress so much.” – Kathryn Greenup, Cal Poly SLO
“Not only has my education been providing me with the creative problem-solving skills necessary for professional practice, but I have also just had the most incredible college experience here in SLO! You all at the Architectural Foundation are supporting the future generations of architecture and I thank you.”
Eric Holiday, Cal Poly SLO
“Being awarded this grant by your Foundation is a great honor and an indication that I am on the right path. For this assurance, I thank you again.” – Stephen Hubert, Cal Poly SLO
“I am honored to say thank you for your generosity for the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation, particularly the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara scholarship. As a junior, intending on majoring in architecture in UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, I am planning on pursuing my career as a set designer. The scholarship will further help me receive the education I need to become a successful designer.” – Do-Eun Jeong, UC Berkeley
“With the help of the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation I was able to put all of my focus on school and not worry about finding ways to stay in school or hunting for jobs. Without having to worry about coming up with money for school I was able to excel in my architecture classes.” – Brianna Wiley, Cal Poly SLO