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AIAri Architectural Forum & Scholarships

The AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was established by AIA Rhode Island (a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects) to support educational programs within the architectural community.

The Forum’s primary vehicle for supporting architectural education is our Scholarship program. The Forum awards multiple scholarships to qualified financial aid eligible students studying architecture. Funding for architectural scholarships is provided by proceeds from AIA Rhode Island’s annual golf outing. In addition to the AIAri Scholarship program, thanks to the generous support of the family of Norton E. Salk, AIA, we are pleased to also offer the Norton E. Salk Scholarship for Design Excellence.

To date, the Architectural Forum has awarded over $149,000 in scholarships funded by AIA Rhode Island’s endowment with the RI Foundation and other donations from AIA National and the family of Norton E. Salk, AIA.


AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum is pleased to announce its Eleventh Annual Scholarship Awards Program. Scholarship funds will be credited to the winning student’s college account for the payment of tuition costs. The Scholarship Award committee of the AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum reviews applications and determines how many scholarships to award and in what amount. 

To be eligible applicants must either be enrolled in an accredited school in Rhode Island pursuing studies in architecture or be a Rhode Island resident studying at an accredited school outside of Rhode Island. Applicants must also be returning to continue their professional studies in the academic year 2019-2020. 

Applicants will be considered for one of the following scholarships (note that applicants do not need to select which scholarship they are applying to, but instead will automatically be considered for all scholarships we offer) : 

  • The Norton E. Salk Scholarship for Design Excellence
  • DF Pray Foundation Scholarship
  • AIA Architecture Scholarship

For more information on applying for a scholarship, view our application requirements

Applications must be e-mailed by May 31, 2019 (NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE!)
Awards will be made by June 30, 2019

Send all application materials to  with the subject line: Application Forum Scholarship Application


Congratulations to our 2018 Architectural Forum Scholarship Recipients!

AIA Rhode Island is pleased to announce the winners of our Eleventh Annual Scholarship Program:

  • Linda Penaloza, Roger Williams University
  • Gabrielle Porter, Roger Williams University;
  • Kaitlyn Cunningham, Roger Williams University;
  • Karita Lipdo, Roger Williams University,

Ms. Penaloza is the recipient of the Norton Salk Memorial Scholarship for design excellence.

The scholarships were presented at the 2018 AIA Rhode Island Design Awards on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at South St. Landing, Providence, RI. Scholarship funds will be credited to the winning student’s college account for the payment of educational costs related to the pursuit of their professional architectural studies. 

Norton E. Salk Scholarship

Norton E. Salk, AIA was a doer throughout his lifetime. A lifelong Rhode Island resident, he graduated from Classical High School, attended Brown University for one year, joined the U.S. Army Corps, and served in the Corps of Engineers. While in the Corps, he spent time in Italy and developed a great admiration of and passion for classical architecture. It led, following his return to the states and graduation from the University of Michigan, to a 55-year career as an architect.

Mr. Salk designed schools, nursing homes, shopping centers, office buildings, and private residences, including the A.T. Cross Headquarters, Southern New England School of Law, Western Hills Middle School, and a wing of the Rhode Island Veterans’ Home. The last five years of his practice were devoted primarily to pro bono work, including design of the Jewish War Veterans’ Memorial and consulting to Sophia Academy.

His children note that Mr. Salk also shared his enthusiasm for the profession by devoting time to professional organizations, including serving as president of the Rhode Island chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, and by mentoring architectural students, including his daughter.

“I remember visiting projects and seeing his work. I was in awe,” she shares, noting that she especially enjoyed working with him. “When faced with a challenging project, my father said to me, ‘Design is a problem waiting to be solved.’”

Norton E. Salk, AIA will continue to nurture architecture students through this scholarship fund, designated for the AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum and to be used to assist students majoring in architecture at accredited Rhode Island schools.

Donate to the Forum

Together, with your support, we can provide a stronger foundation for our next generation of architects. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Forum today. To make a donation, please send your check made payable to:

AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum
P.O. Box 9325
Providence, Rhode Island 02940

Or contribute online via PayPal.



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