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APA Scholarship Program

Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship - Deadline for applications is March 31 each year.

This memorial scholarship is in honor of Jim Boyce, and all of our former APA members and supporters, who made a lasting impact in the field of accessibility compliance. By encouraging students to make accessibility part of their career development, we hope to further promote accessibility in the built environment.

Students who wish to apply must be currently pursuing a degree in architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, construction management, interior design or other degree program closely related to accessibility/universal design at an accredited United States institution of higher learning. Students must have a 2.5 or higher GPA and demonstrate a strong interest in accessibility in both design portfolio and future career interests.

Each year applications are accepted through March and the
scholarship is awarded in May via the attended institution’s
financial aid office.

Find out more about the scholarship below, and join our conversation on facebook.


The 2020 Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship Application is now OPEN

2020 Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship Application

Many thanks to the generous donors who made these scholarships possible!

APA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Code.  APA is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, Devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 and 2522 of the Code


Donate to the Jim Boyce Scholarship 

All funds are raised by APA members! Please join us in supporting students interested in accessibility. 




Congratulations to the 2019 Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship Recipients:



Allison Brown, majoring in Architecture 

and

Gwyndalen Lacy Drop, majoring in 
Architecture


Jim Boyce 
Silent Auction held at Annual Conference & Expo!

It's not too early to think about donating for the 2020 auction! If you have questions, please contact Minda Weldon at mindaweldon@gmail.com.

See the 2019 JBMS Silent Auction donors here!

Interview with Trent Tunks - past APA Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship winner
 
Trent's Team
Trent's Team
Trent Tunks likes to think big. The winner of the 2018 APA Jim Boyce Scholarship is drawn to large urban design projects and this focus is fused into his academic and long-range future plans.

His goal is to graduate in the fall of 2020 with his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas building on his undergraduate architecture degree from UTSA.
 
He has already distinguished himself as a capable and creative architect-in-training. Notably, he has joined other students in a highly competitive design competition where he took home honors as a finalist. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines StudentCompetition is a prestigious challenge to architectural students to collaborate across disciplines to dream and design a better built environment. Groups of five students form teams to devise a development plan for a real American city site, including designs and market data. 
Trent's Design
Trent's Design
His University  of Texas project, The Landing, created a design for Cincinnati that envisioned sweeping green spaces in an urban environment that promotes renewable energy efforts with social connectivity.
 

He explained his appreciation for what he calls "democratic space" that offers ample room for walkways, stairs and ramps. A wheelchair user, Trent knows first-hand the advantages and aesthetics that come with public spaces that make life easier for everyone.
 
In addition to his life experience adapting to wheelchair use from the age of 16, he has seen the need for architects to incorporate more accessibility, even if in small ways. While working with the AIAS Freedom by Design program at UTSA, he described one eye-opening experience of a woman who could not leave her house on her own simply because she could not hold a door open. "It took just a new door closer and new handles for her to come and go on her own. I call that freedom by design."
 
Inspirations such as these motivate him to expose architecture peers to wheelchair use and how it impacts design. One senses that he is on a professional and personal quest... "How can we make access more integrated? Is there a better way?"
 
Trent notes the scholarship has been a long-time goal and even applied as an undergraduate. He commended the mission of the Accessibility Professionals Association with a heartfelt comment "It is incredibly important to bring accessibility to the forefront - I am so thankful and honored!"

by Maggie McCarthy, APA Communications Chai