AIA South Dakota presents scholarships to students from SDSU, UNL-Lincoln

Published: Oct 31st, 2017


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) South Dakota has presented SDSU Department of Architecture student Guillermo Gonzalez Cebrian with its AIA Merit Award and split its South Dakota AIA Enrichment Award Scholarship between Gonzalez Cebrian and University of Nebraska-Lincoln architecture student Shayla Dick.

Gonzalez Cebrian won the 2017 South Dakota AIA Merit Award, a $1,000 tuition scholarship based on an application and portfolio review. Student submissions are evaluated based on design ability, creativity, graphic clarity, and professional promise. The award is open to students registered in the professional degree program in the SDSU Department of Architecture (DoArch) with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Gonzalez Cebrian, from Monterrey, Mexico, is a fourth-year architecture student at South Dakota State University. He is a research assistant for Professor Federico Garcia Lammers and has been an undergraduate teacher assistant for the Volga design-build concrete studio. He has worked on a variety of outside projects including his own academic research, and community and public works outreach at DoArch. He is the president of the SDSU chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) and the DoArch International Group (DIG).

The 2017 South Dakota AIA Enrichment Award Scholarship was co-awarded to Gonzalez Cebrian and Shayla Dick, who split the $2,500 award.

Dick, who grew up in Sioux Falls, is a fourth-year student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pursuing a degree in architecture and a minor in community and regional planning. She spent this past summer in a service internship with Engineering Ministries International, which allowed her to combine her skills in architecture with her heart for mission work while serving in Nicaragua.

The South Dakota AIA Enrichment Award Scholarship provides students an opportunity to broaden their perspective and deepen their passion for the architectural profession. This unique award allows students the flexibility to craft an individual proposal for an enrichment experience supporting their academic and professional goals. Students are encouraged (but not required) to develop their proposal in collaboration with an AIA South Dakota architect, associate member or allied member. The Enrichment Award is open to any South Dakota high-school graduate enrolled in an architecture degree program in the third year or higher, including graduate students. A student is also eligible if they are enrolled in the SDSU Department of Architecture (DoArch) in their third year or higher, including graduate students.

Gonzalez Cebrian and Dick were honored in September during the 2017 Leading by Design conference, the AIA South Dakota convention held this year in partnership with the Great Plains chapter of ASLA. Both students presented their research during one of the conference sessions.

Support from the American Institute of Architects through its Component Scholarship Grant Program helps make these scholarships possible.

About AIA SD

AIA South Dakota is a non-profit membership organization composed of architects, future architects and partners in the built design industries. AIA SD members tap into a network of design professionals statewide to learn, share and promote architecture and advance the idea that design matters in every South Dakota community. AIA SD is a state chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).