Karla S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship FAQs

How do I know if I’m eligible for the Karla S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship (the Scholarship)?

Refer to the eligibility requirements on the scholarship webpage.

Can I contact Johnson Roberts Associates Inc. about the Scholarship?

Please do not contact Johnson Roberts Associates Inc. about the Scholarship, the application, or the potential interview at any time before or after the submission deadline. All interaction should be through the online application form. If we need additional information for any reason, we will contact the applicant using the information included in the application.

Can I apply for the Scholarship more than once?

Yes! As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, and you are not a prior recipient of the Scholarship, you can apply each year you are eligible.

Can a past recipient apply for the Scholarship?

No. The goal of the Scholarship is to help as many women as possible.

Am I eligible to apply if I am in the final year of my undergraduate or graduate program?

Since the Scholarship applies to the next academic year, graduating students are not eligible for awards.

Why is U.S. citizenship/permanent residency a requirement for the Scholarship?

One of the goals of the Scholarship is to promote the participation of more women in the field of architecture in the United States of America.

What should a Scholarship Letter of Recommendation focus on?

When requesting a letter of reference, please make sure that the author addresses what makes you uniquely qualified to receive this particular award. Letters that are generic are generally not as helpful to the award selection process. We encourage you to discuss your application with a professor who knows you, your work, and understands your goals. We also encourage you to share the eligibility requirements and other information on the Scholarship with your professor.

Can the author of my Letter of Recommendation contact you?

No. Please do not contact Johnson Roberts Associates Inc. about the Letter of Recommendation at any time before or after the submission deadline. All interaction should be through the online application form, or if the policy of the school requires that it be send directly to us, it should be emailed directly to us by the author of your Letter of Recommendation at info@johnson-roberts.com. Unfortunately, any other correspondence or phone calls relative to the Scholarship will go unanswered.

What if I have more questions?

Questions are okay! If the application, instructions, and Frequently Asked Questions don’t resolve your concerns, please do the best that you can, and apply! Explain any questions or concerns you have (briefly, please) in your cover letter, and we will do our best to improve the application process for future applicants. If we need additional information for any reason, we will contact the applicant using the information included in the application.

I have applied for the Scholarship. Will I hear back, and when?

Applicants will be contacted with the results by September 15, 2021. Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview which may be conducted in person, or via an online meeting platform such as Zoom. Not all applicants asked to participate in an interview will be awarded a scholarship. Scholarship recipients will receive a phone call, and all other applicants receive an email notification. Unanswered phone calls to Scholarship recipients will be attempted a second time. After a second unanswered phone call, Scholarship recipients will be contacted via email. If the Selection Committee takes longer than usual, all applicants will be notified.

Do you debrief applicants who did not receive the award?

Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to debrief unsuccessful applicants. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to apply again, if and when they meet the eligibility requirements.

I’ve received an award. Can the money be sent directly to me?

To ensure scholarship funds are used for their intended purpose to support a student’s academic studies, and to maintain the integrity of our relationship with academic institutions, it is our policy to work with the institutional financial aid offices to distribute awards. We do not remit scholarship funds to individuals.

I really need this. What should I do/say to help my chances?

Be honest. Tell us about you; why you chose architecture, what your plans are, why you need this and what it will mean for you. Choose the projects you’ve done that you love best; personal, academic, or professional. Talk to the professor you’ve asked to write your Letter of Recommendation, look at the Scholarship webpages together, tell them your plans, and how this will help you reach your goals.
Oh, and be succinct. Get all of your materials and ideas together, and then edit them down. Yours is not the only application the Selection Committee needs to review. More is not better. Imagine their smiles when they review your application, and it is neat, efficient, beautiful, and compelling.