Awards / Scholarships

John Shaw Award


The Midwest Great Lakes John Shaw Award is a regional architectural design competition intended to highlight 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 (PDF) electronic format. Entrants will complete and submit all application and corresponding materials to Julie Fried. If your file is over 10MB, please submit via an FTP file sharing site.

Entry Fee

Click here to download the John Shaw Award Application
Deadline: December 31, 2022 by 5:00 pm Central

You must register your project online.

Registration is closed.

$150 for the first 2 panels
$50 for each additional panel (up to 4)

The entry fee is due by the submission deadline, December 31, 2022. 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:
A4LE John Shaw Award Submission
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 A4LE and a member of the MWGL Region.
  2. The project must have been constructed in one of the following locations: 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 two parts:
  1. The online registration, application forms and the electronic portfolio
  2. The Exhibit Display Boards

The application and electronic portfolio requirements will be accepted by electronic (PDF) transmittal to Julie Fried, no later than 5:00 pm on December 31, 2022.

Award Schedule

Deadline for Submittals December 31, 2022
Award Selection January 31, 2023
Award Presentation Regional Conference in Columbus, OH

John Shaw Award Selection Criteria

Selection of John Shaw Award recipient will consider 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, 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 N. 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 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 or FTP site (over 10MB) 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 most photographs include teaching areas and preferably contain people to help jury members with scale. Only one exterior signature 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 two 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. Name of hotel, address, and delivery information will be provided once submission deadline and applicable fees have been met.
  • 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. Register project(s) online
  2. Completed Application Form (Attachment 1)
  3. Completed Project Information Form (Attachment 2)
  4. Additional Relevant Information directly related to the submitted project

Lee J Brockway Scholarship


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 24, 2023 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 Julie Fried. The entire scholarship submission requirements will be accepted by email ONLY delivery to Julie Fried at [email protected]. Completed application must be received no later than 5:00 pm on February 24, 2023.

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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