Student Scholarships


AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum is pleased to announce its Thirteenth 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 2022-2023. 

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 September 2, 2022 

Awards will be made by September 12, 2022

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


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.