Naperville's Rachel Smith has received a scholarship from the Northeast Illinois Chapter of The American Institute of Architects. Read the full release below:
In conjunction with The American Institute of Architects, the Northeast Illinois Chapter of The American Institute of Architects has awarded scholarships valued at $4,000 to four students pursuing architectural degrees.
Rachel Smith of Naperville is studying at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, with an anticipated graduation date of 2016. She is particularly interested in environmentally sustainable design and technology. Leadership skills will be vital in such a new field, she said, so she hopes to earn a minor in Leadership Studies, in addition to her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies.
The DuPage Community Foundation administers the scholarship and the NEI Scholarship Committee reviews applications and selects the recipient.
“Through these scholarships, we not only give a helping hand to the future of our profession, we also promote the profession of architecture as a whole. That’s one of our organization’s core missions,” said Scott Morlock, chairman of the Scholarship Committee. “We are pleased and proud to be able to assist these talented architects of tomorrow.”
With assistance from the national organization, AIA/NEI distributes the scholarships annually. The Naperville-based organization includes architects and those in related fields who live or work in Kane, DuPage and Kendall counties, plus the portions of Cook County north of the Stevenson and west of the Edens expressways, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.aianei.org.