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Taubman College Students Win 7 of 12 Scholarships Awarded by Michigan Architectural Foundation

Taubman College students were lauded for their community involvement, passion for architecture, leadership skills, and academic excellence in winning seven of the 12 scholarships awarded by the Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF) in 2024.

MAF awards merit-based scholarships annually to students completing a bachelor’s degree program and who have been accepted or are enrolled in an academic program leading to a master of architecture degree. This year, the foundation awarded $44,000 in scholarships, with the number of scholarship applications more than doubling from 2023, with 51 applications.

Here is a summary of the Taubman College winners, with a note from the scholarship competition judges:

Malak Atwi, B.S. Arch ’25, Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship. “Her strong essay demonstrating a desire and understanding of architecture based on both citizenship and artistic pursuits was expressed clearly in her writing and other materials submitted for the award.”

Jacob Brookhouse, M.Arch ’26, Paul Stachowiak & Integrated Design Solutions Scholarship. “His commitment to integrated practice and community involvement and impressive references made this award an excellent choice.”

Aaron Comstock, M.Arch ’25, HED Alvin Ernest Harley Scholarship. “His very active participation in the AIAS chapter as co-president and strong commitment to community service stood out for this student.”

Zariah Hernandez, M.Arch ’25, Bob Powell Scholarship. “Her active involvement with the community as the Taubman College liaison to AIA Huron Valley … and her innovative approach to her portfolio made her an excellent choice for the award.”

Cory Hoffman, M.Arch ’26, Daniel W. Toshach Scholarship. “This all-around excellent student included leadership activity with AIAS as well as an impressive academic record.”

Riley Montgomery, M.Arch ’26, Professional Concepts Insurance Agency (PCIA) Scholarship. “Her all-around excellence in academics, writing, and community leadership as well as a passion for the profession made this choice for this award appropriate.”

Ashlynn Tower, B.S. Arch ’25, AIA Grand Rapids Undergraduate Scholarship. “Her community involvement, especially in Jensen which is in the AIA Grand Rapids area, a top academic record along with excellent references were key reasons she was selected for this scholarship.”