Awards / Scholarships

John N. Shaw Award

Project Boards for 2020, 2021 AND 2022 will be displayed at the 2022 regional conference in Kansas City, MO.


The MWGL John Shaw Award is a regional architectural design competition intended to showcase good design that results from collaboration with educators, students, and community representatives.

Entry Format

The electronic portfolio and the application forms must be submitted in electronic format. Entrants will complete and submit all application and corresponding materials to Donna Robinson.

Entry Fee

Click here to download the John N. Shaw Award Application
Deadline: December 31, 2021 by 5:00 pm Central

You must register your project online.


$150 per project (includes 2 panels)
$50 each additional panel per project

The entry fee is due by the submission deadline, December 31, 2021. Please make check payable to A4LE MWGL Region and indicate that the check is for the John Shaw Award entry fee.

Checks must be sent to:
Association for Learning Environments John Shaw Award Submission
Attn: Donna Robinson
11445 E. Via Linda, Ste. 2-440
Scottsdale, Arizona 85259

Eligibility Requirements

The MWGL Region seeks applicants who meet the following eligibility requirements:
  1. The Architect of Record, the Engineer of Record and/or the Educational Facility Planner must be a member in good standing of the Association for Learning Environments and a member of the MWGL Region.
  2. The project must have been constructed in one of the following locations: States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or the province of Ontario, Canada.
  3. Projects to be considered are those that have been completed within two (2) years preceding the submittal.

Submission Requirements

The submission consists of three parts:
  1. Online registration of the project
  2. The application forms and the electronic portfolio
  3. The Exhibit Display Boards

The electronic portfolio requirements will be accepted by electronic transmittal to Donna Robinson, CMM, CMP, no later than 5:00 pm on December 31, 2021

Award Schedule

Call for Entries September 13, 2021
Deadline for Submittals December 31, 2021
Award Selection January 31, 2022
Award Presentation Regional Conference in Kansas City, MO

John Shaw Award Selection Criteria

Selection of John Shaw Award recipient will take into account the following criteria. The criteria will not fit all entries in the same way, but will form a sound basis for judging.

The criteria are:
  1. Clarity of organization, from site planning to school planning
  2. Order in the design solution
  3. Expression and representation
  4. Conformity and contrast
  5. Structure, environment services and energy use
  6. Flexibility and adaptability

In addition to aforementioned, the evaluation will also consider the following:
  • A thorough and comprehensive planning process
  • Development of a comprehensive educational specification and/or program of requirements

The John Shaw Award will be presented for the project that exhibits the highest degree of excellence in both planning and design.

Note: The judging for the John N. Shaw Award will be based exclusively on the information contained in the Electronic Portfolio. The Display Boards are for exhibition only and should not influence the selection of the winner.

Electronic Portfolio Requirements

Project Narrative (400 Words Total)
  • Project description clearly stating the educational vision
  • Planning process identifying programming process or educational specifications development
  • How the planning and educational vision is evident in the design solution
  • Special challenges faced and solutions provided
  • Cost effectiveness and matching the solution to community resources
  • “Green” features of the design
  • How does the project advance the development or awareness of effective/innovative learning environments

Project Drawings
  • Site plan
  • Floor plans and sections (maximum 8.5” x 11”)

Project Photographs: (Color)
  • 3 to 4 photos of interior and exterior
  • Before and after photos for renovation projects

Submit in electronic (PDF) format by email to [email protected].

Display Board Requirements

Panel Display Format:
  • Plans: Site plan, floor plan, and one or more sections or elevations should be shown legibly and accurately at scale, with numerical and graphic indication of scale. Reproductions of working drawings are not acceptable. Lettering should be kept at a minimum and be large enough for exhibit viewing.
  • Photographs: It is important that a majority of photographs include teaching areas and preferably contain people to help jury members with scale. Only one exterior photograph is required. It is better to have a greater number of smaller pictures rather than two large photographs. Rendered elevations or perspectives may be used but not substituted for photographs.
  • Mounts: All entries shall be two dimensional and exhibited on a minimum of one and a maximum of four, 20” x 20” x 1/2” foam board mounts. Composition of individual mounts shall be at the discretion of the entrant, provided that mandatory requirements are met. Permanent-type adhesive should be used to attach plans and photographs to mounts. Names of design firms may appear on drawings, photographs, or other materials to be judged. Lettering should be kept at a minimum and be large enough for exhibit viewing.

Display Logistics
  • Panels are to be sent directly to the conference hotel with clearly marked packaging for A4LE Midwest Great Lakes Conference. Name of hotel, address, and delivery will be provided once submission deadline and applicable fees have been met.
  • Board to arrive no sooner than February 25 and no later than February 27, 2022.
Kansas City Marriot Downtown
c/o A4LE Conference,  Donna Robinson
February 28-March 2, 2022
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
  • Supervision and Services: The exhibit committee reserves the right to assign exhibit space and to withhold from exhibition entries deemed to be unsuitable for display. Adequate general illumination will be provided; no special individual lighting or displays will be permitted.
  • Return of Panels: Applicants will be responsible to pick up their display panels at the end of the conference. All boards not picked up will be discarded.

Submission Materials
  1. Completed Application Form (Attachment 1)
  2. Completed Project Information Form (Attachment 2)
  3. Completed Project Information Form (Attachment 3)
  4. Additional Relevant Information directly related to the submitted project

Lee J Brockway Scholarship

A4LE has placed this scholarship on hold until further notice.


The MWGL Lee J Brockway Scholarship is a regional competitive, merit based award program designed to provide financial support for high school students accepted into college. Each academic year, one (1) student will be selected as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship award. The student selected should be intending to enroll in a field related to educational facility planning and design. These would include, but not be limited to, architecture, engineering, interior design, facility planning, and construction management.

Click here to download the Lee J Brockway Scholarship Application form
Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020 by 5:00 pm

Eligibility Requirements

The MWGL Region seeks students who meet the following eligibility requirements:
  1. Reside in one of the following locations: States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the province of Ontario, Canada.
  2. Currently enrolled in the twelfth grade.

Characteristics Sought in Candidates

The MWGL Region seeks students who demonstrate a balance of the following characteristics:
  1. Outstanding character, integrity, and self-motivation.
  2. Outstanding leadership potential.
  3. Active participation in school and community activities.

Submission Materials

  1. The Lee J Brockway Application Form.
  2. A 1,000 words maximum essay.
  3. Official high school transcript through the 1st semester of senior year (or equivalent).
  4. College or university acceptance letter (provide a copy of your application if not yet accepted).
  5. Three letters of recommendation which cannot be from family members.

Submission Requirements

Lee J Brockway Scholarship information packets, with all required submission forms, are available upon request from Donna Robinson, CMP. The entire scholarship submission requirements will be accepted by email ONLY delivery to Donna Robinson, CMP, MWGL Member Care Manager, Association for Learning Environments at [email protected]. Completed application must be received no later than 5:00 pm on February 21, 2020. All submissions must be in PDF format, and contained in one PDF. Please save your submission as: First Name, Last Name-Lee J. Brockway.

Judging Guidelines

Applications will be evaluated on a 100 point system. Point values will be assigned as follows:
  1. Completed Application – 10 points
  2. Grade Point Average – 10 points maximum
    1. 4.0 on 4.0 Scale – 10 points
    2. 3.5 – 3.99 – 8 points
    3. 3.0 – 3.49 – 6 points
    4. 2.5 – 2.99 – 4 points
    5. Less than 2.5 – 2 points
  3. Letters of Recommendation – 15 points (total)
  4. Essay – 35 points
    1. Clarity of Expression
    2. Comprehensiveness
    3. Creativity
    4. Knowledge of Subject
    5. Interpretative Conclusions
    6. Importance and Validity
  5. Leadership –15 points (total)
  6. Community Service – 15 points (total)

Scholarship Conditions

The Lee J Brockway Scholarship can be received only once. The Scholarship may be used only for pre-approved tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Payments from the Scholarship fund may be used to supplement, but not to duplicate, benefit from the educational institution or from other foundations, institutions, or organizations. The Scholarship recipient may defer for up to one year his/her scholarship award after completion of their high school. The MWGL Region reserves the right to publish submitted winning essays.
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