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Proudly Sponsored by:

Sargenti Architects 

The PAVE Scholarship Program, now in its thirteenth year, provides financial assistance to students in educational programs preparing them for careers in the retail environments industry, including but not limited to careers in retail design, visual merchandising, interior design, architecture, product design, UX design, graphic design, and industrial design. PAVE was developed to help ensure a future talent pool for the industry by eliminating barriers to studying in these fields. The funds assist students who are experiencing financial difficulties that may prevent them from continuing school. PAVE has awarded students over $246,000 in financial grants and scholarships in the past five years.

The Sargenti Scholarship + Experience recognizes and supports leadership potential in Architecture and Interior Design students.


​Student applicants will be judged blindly by a panel of industry professionals. One student will be selected to receive the following:​

  • $2,500 Scholarship* 
  • 2-day hands-on learning experience** in one of the following (3) Sargenti Offices located in the United States (Paramus, NJ, Los Angeles, CA, or Phoenix, AZ)
  • Attend the 2023 PAVE Gala as a guest of Sargenti Architects


  • Student must be enrolled in a 2 or 4-year program working toward a degree in architecture or interior design with an interest in pursuing a career in the design of retail, restaurant, or hospitality environments. 
  • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.​
  • Student must be a full-time student, enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.​
  • Student must be located and studying within the United States.


The following items must be included in your application for your request to be considered.​​

  • Letter of Explanation (Max. 600 words): Essays should address the following question for consideration by the PAVE Scholarship Committee- What brands or experiences do you gravitate to, and why? (Consider the physical and digital dimensions of the engagement)​
  • Project Folio (6 pages minimum) Describe 1-3 projects maximum, in the retail, restaurant, or hospitality-related markets (student based or professional) that you’ve worked on and that you are proud of (include supporting text and visuals and process work in addition to the finished product).
  • One professional reference. It can be a professor, faculty member, or employer (including internship supervisors). References CANNOT be friends or family members.​ We only require their contact information.
  • Must include a copy of your current transcript (official or unofficial).​
  • Applications and supporting documents must be submitted through Submittable.​
  • All applications must be received by Monday, October 16, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific to be considered.

* Award sent directly to recipient's institution, to be applied directly towards tuition or other applicable schooling costs.

**The in-person learning experience will occur on a mutually agreed-upon date.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.