Elvira Alonso Soto was a beloved mother and grandmother who immigrated from Cuba to the United States in 1963. During her academic years, Elvira studied Architecture at the University of Havana as well as abroad at the University of Chicago. Bringing innovation and unique techiques to her role, Elvira was well known and respected as the only female to lead the ground architecture and land surveying of several acclaimed sites across Cuba. While her love of Cuba was evident in her distinguished work, it was her political views that would eventually lead her to leave her homeland for a better life in America.
Elvira's passion for life included her family and the art of creating spaces that are functional and visually appealing. She leaves behind a legacy that allows people to enjoy the beauty of the spaces she's designed and to create their own story of its meaning. This scholarship seeks to honor the memory of Elvira Alonso Soto by supporting Hispanic women who are following in her footsteps and studying the art of architecture.
Any female Hispanic student who is a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate studying architecture may apply for this scholarship.
To apply, tell us what being a Latina in architecture means to you and how you plan to make a difference through your career.
What does being a Latina in architecture mean to you? How do you plan on making a difference through your career?