American Institute of Architects Contributes over $54,000 for UMA Architecture Scholarship

On Thursday, November 8th in UMA’s Gannett Building on Water Street in Augusta, the Maine chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) presented to UMA President Allyson Handley a check for $54,150 to establish the AIA Maine Centenary Scholarship Fund. 

AIA Scholarship Presentation

In the Photo - back row: from left to right: John Morris AIA member; Eric Stark, UMA Architecture Program Coordinator. front row from left to right: Staci Warren, UMA Advancement Office; UMA President Allyson Handley; Joyce Blanchard, President's Office; and Paul Stevens, AIA member.

Since the November 8th presentation, contributions have continued to come in to the new Scholarship Fund, which will support upper-level students enrolled in UMA’s new Bachelor's of Architecture (B-Arch) program.

“I want to sincerely thank our many friends at the American Institute of Architects for your wonderful efforts in establishing the AIA Maine Centenary Scholarship Fund,” said UMA President Allyson Handley at the November 8th celebration. 

“As UMA ‘builds’ our new five-year professional Architecture program, I could not be more delighted that we are at the same time ‘building’ a partnership with the AIA and architects throughout the state,” Handley added.

UMA’s B-Arch program is now accepting its first students for fall 2013. Replacing UMA’s 4-year pre-professional Architecture program, the new 5-year professional program will be the only one in all of northern New England and the only such public program north of New York City.

Under UMA’s four-year Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, graduates had to then earn a Master’s Degree (none offered in Maine) before going on to a three year architecture apprenticeship. Under the new Bachelor of Architecture program, graduates will be able to go right to the three-year apprenticeship without needing to pursue a Master’s. 

“UMA’s new B-Arch program is great news for any student in Maine wishing to be an architect,” said Eric Stark, UMA’s Architecture Program Coordinator. “For the first time, Maine students can become architects without ever having to leave the state, and they will be able to do so more quickly and at a fraction of the cost of similar programs at private institutions.”

At the November 8th event, the $54,150 check was presented to UMA President Allyson Handley by AIA members Paul Stevens and John Morris.