The Ralph H. Burt Jr. and Alva L. Hill Scholarship provides financial support to School of Architecture Bachelor of Architecture students in their fourth year of studies and Master of Architecture students whose work focuses on sustainable environments, performance-based design, and systems integration throughout the design process.

Applications for the 2019 award are now closed. The School of Architecture will announce the call for applications for the next award cycle in the spring of 2020.


Mission

The Ralph H. Burt Jr. and Alva L. Hill Scholarship was established in 2010 in honor of Ralph Burt and Alva Hill, the founders of Burt Hill architecture, engineering, and planning firm. Following their service in World War II, the two became close friends as students in the architecture program at Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University. After graduation they joined the small Butler, Pennsylvania firm of Howard and Murphy Architects, later Burt Hill. Alva and Ralph, in their forty year careers, built Burt Hill from a small western Pennsylvania practice to a multi-office national corporation. The partnership laid the foundation for Burt Hill's culture of thoughtful design and prudent management built on a national reputation for design and service to clients.

This merit-based scholarship provides financial support to students enrolled in the School of Architecture, with a preference for students in their fourth year of study in the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) program (application submitted as part of the Fourth Year Design Awards), and Master of Architecture (M.Arch) students pursuing their first professional degree in architecture. Recipients need not qualify for financial aid to receive this scholarship, and the award will not be part of a student's financial aid package. Preference is given to students whose work focuses on sustainable environments, performance-based design, and systems integration throughout the design process in alignment with the legacy of the work of Burt Hill.


Impact

The Head of the School of Architecture will review the applications and make the selections. The award amount totals $4,400, with $2,200 to be awarded to a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) student in their fourth year of study, and $2,200 to be awarded to a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) student pursuing their first professional degree in architecture.


Eligibility & Schedule

The Ralph H. Burt Jr. and Alva L. Hill Scholarship is open to School of Architecture students in their fourth year of study in the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) program and Master of Architecture (M.Arch) students pursuing their first professional degree in architecture.

Applications for the 2019 award are now closed. The School of Architecture will announce the call for applications for the next award cycle in the spring of 2020.


Previous Award Winners

2019  |  Christine Zu (B.Arch) & Joao Castro (M.Arch)