Scholarship Application

About the Scholarship:

Do you see the world through a unique lens? Are you a creative thinker who sees the art in everything around you? Do you believe in the power of great design? At BLDD Architects, we do. Why? Because Life Deserves Design! BLDD Architects is searching for students to recognize for their potential in contributing to the world of architecture, interior design or graphic design.

Scholarship Awards:

  • up to $1,500 in scholarships
  • up to $1,000 "Best In Show" awarded to best overall application
  • up to $500 Principals' Purchase Award
"A Young Artist's Dream" by Madelyn Beck of Springfield
High School in Springfield, IL. 2024 Scholarship Award
recipient and Best In Show Winner.


Scholarship Requirements:

  • The student applying must be a current high school senior at a BLDD school client in good standing. 
  • The student must have a minimum 2.5/4.0 or 3.5/5.0 GPA. 
  • The student must be in the top 40% of their class rank. 
  • The student must have earned high school credit in 2D/3D art, graphic design, interior design or drafting. 
  • The student must have been accepted into a university, college or certificate program in a field directly related to architecture, interior design or graphic design. 


Application Requirements:

  • Submit an original drawing, sketch, photograph or video that represents the theme: Because Life Deserves Design. 
  • Submit an artist’s statement that explains how your original artwork represents the theme. 
  • Submit an official copy of your high school transcripts. 
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or supervisor.
  • Submit a copy of your acceptance letter from your intended university, college or certificate program of choice showing intentions of pursuing architecture, interior design or graphic design.
"Portrait of Javier Baez" by Taylor Hug of
St. Joseph-Ogden High School.
2023 Scholarship Award recipient.

Application Deadline:

2025 applications will open in February. Submit application by filling out the form below or mailing materials to BLDD Architects, Because Life Deserves Design Scholarship, 100 N. Merchant St., Decatur, IL 62523.
Applications are currently CLOSED.

Scholarship Recipients:

Recipients of the Because Life Deserves Design Scholarship agree to have their name, high school and their original drawing, sketch, photograph or video shared on the BLDD website, social media accounts and in a news release.

School Districts:

Scholarship funds will be awarded to the District as a charitable gift from BLDD Architects, and we request that the funds are distributed to the students though the District's foundation or scholarship program.


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BLDD Architects reserves the right to award the scholarships as deemed appropriate by a selected panel of jurors. Additionally, BLDD Architects reserves the right to not award scholarships as the jurors see fit.