Awards / Scholarships

Southwest Region Monarch Award for School Facility Excellence

Monarch Award The annual Southwest Region Monarch Award recognizes and honors the members of the Southwest Region and their influence for creating, delivering and maintaining excellence in school facilities planning. The Southwest Region Monarch Award recognizes EDUCATIONAL FACILITY PLANNING EXCELLENCE – from determination of the need for the facility, through occupancy – and all segments in between.

The project(s) being recognized will best demonstrate the comprehensive effectiveness of planning, design, and construction as outlined in the criteria listed below.

The SOUTHWEST REGION MONARCH AWARD will be presented to the Southwest Region member, school district, higher education institution, consultant, architectural firm, and/or construction management firm whose project best meets the following criteria.
  • A thorough, comprehensive planning process.
  • Development of a comprehensive educational specification and/or program of requirements.
  • A design that meets the requirements of the educational program with special emphasis on functionality of educational spaces.
  • Project must be within the seven states that comprise the Southwest Region.
  • The entire project team must reside within the Southwest Region and maintain a Southwest Regional membership.
  • All entries must register projects.

Registration Fee: Member $250 | Non-Member $350


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Please send your completed submission to Carla Cummins. If the file is larger than 20 MB, please use Dropbox or other FTP site.

Deadline: April 18, 2022

Southwest Planner of the Year

The annual Southwest Region Bob Vesper Planner of the Year Award is the highest and most distinguished honor conferred by the Southwest Region. The winner is selected by the Southwest Region Planner of the Year Committee.

In addition to receiving this prestigious award from the Southwest Region, the recipient of the Vesper Award will be submitted by the Southwest Region as their candidate for the International Planner of the Year.

Qualifications of Candidates:
  • The candidate must be an Association member in good standing.
  • The candidate must have been actively engaged in one or more of the professional areas identified in the Association Bylaws as being essential to qualify for Southwest Region membership.
  • The candidate must not have previously received the Southwest Planner of the Year Award.
  • The selection of candidates for final consideration will consist of no more than three qualified candidates who have submitted complete packages.

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Deadline: April 18, 2022

Southwest Region Advanced Academy Scholarship

The Southwest Region is offering a scholarship opportunity that will financially assist a member with registration in the upcoming Advanced Academy. Eligible candidates must be an A4LE member in good standing, actively working on school planning, design, and construction projects, and committed to earning your ALEP certification. All course work is completed virtually and all connections with instructors and students are made electronically. Students are expected to spend 4 to 6 hours per week to successfully complete the course work. To learn more about the Academy, please click here.

The region will distribute $2,500 among eligible candidates to offset the cost of the program. The minimum award for selected candidates will be $500. Scholarship funds are intended to only fund a portion of tuition. Applicants will be responsible to fund the remaining portion. The award winner(s) will be expected to complete each module of the program with at least 80% to earn the certificate. In addition, selected applicants will be required to report at an A4LE Board Meeting and/or present at a Southwest Regional Conference.

Application Deadline: May 17, 2021

LearningSCAPES 2018

Southwest Region 2018 Scholarship Application Package

This scholarship provides financial assistance for one or more individuals residing in the Southwest Region states to attend LearningSCAPES, November 1-4, Chicago, IL. This important event brings together school planners, educators, and design and construction professionals from around the globe to collaborate on ideas and issues relating to the planning and design of contemporary schools.

Preference will be given to those who have not attended a Annual Conference in the recent past due to financial burden. The maximum amount of this scholarship is $1,500 and may be applied to registration, travel and/or hotel costs. Incidental expenses such as meals not covered by the conference fee, taxes, fees, tips, and ground transportation are not included in this scholarship.

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Deadline for entries: September 7, 2018

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LearningSCAPES 2021


January 6-8, 2022
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