THE spring '24 application
is now closed!

If you applied, you will hear from us soon. If you did not apply in this round, look out for the next application period in the Fall 2024!

What is MAPS?

MAPS is an award of financial aid for a high school student, college student, or professional in the Pittsburgh region to be used for educational advancement for minority designers and communities in transition. 

There are so few minority architects working in Pittsburgh. Of the very few, an even lower percentage occupy positions of firm partner or principal. For those of us committed to the work of racial justice and social equity in the profession, this status quo is not acceptable. We ask ourselves, how many years will it take to see a more diverse and equitable architectural profession in Pittsburgh? 

We believe that the removal of economic barriers for aspiring BiPOC designers and minority architects will go a long way towards creating a more diverse and inclusive profession. To answer the question of how firms and individuals can contribute to a more diverse and inclusive profession, we established a scholarship dedicated to the removal of economic barriers. 

We invite you to become a part of our cohort.


MAPS serves minorities interested in a career in architecture, is in school for architecture, or is practicing or teaching architecture professionally.

+ High school student planning to enroll in an architecture degree program

+ Rising undergraduate or graduate student in an architecture degree program

+ Technical school or community college student who has completed high school or its equivalent and intends to transfer to an architecture program

+ Young professionals 

+ Architecture Educators

How does maps work?

MAPS operates a rolling application process reviewed on a biannual basis by an Advisory Committee. Scholarships are flexible: applicants may request amounts and for a variety of educational purposes.


Scholarships will be awarded directly to individual applicants, universities, businesses, nonprofits, professional organizations, or programs. Awards range from of various amounts ranging from $200 - $2,000.


Applying online is free of charge and allows you to submit all supporting documents through the scholarship application form.

 +  The Application Opening is April 1, 2024

 +  The Application Deadline is May 3, 2024

 +  The Award Public Announcement is June 3, 2024

 +  The Scholarship Distribution will occur July 2024