How an Architectural Drafting Student Used AutoCAD to Win $1,000 Scholarship

Nicholas Janssen, an architectural drafting and design program student at Globe University’s NTI School of Technology, won a $500 scholarship competition from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Minnesota Council. Globe University matched that $500, giving Janssen a total of $1,000 in scholarships to use toward his tuition.

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From left: Heather Scavo, Architectural Drafting & Design Program Chair, Nicholas Janssen, and SARA Representative

The students were judged by a SARA representative in a design charette (a short design competition using AutoCAD).

“The biggest challenge with this competition was the time limit,” Janssen said. “We were only given three hours to come up with the design and make sure the spaces worked together and then to draw the floor plans and elevations.”

Janssen also explained that the use of AutoCAD in his first few quarters in the architectural drafting and design program helped him in the competition.

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Nicholas Janssen used AutoCAD to design this cabin for a Northern Minnesota resort. His work won him $1,000 in scholarhips.

“I’m very proud of all the students who participated in this competition,” said Heather Scavo, architectural drafting and design program chair at Globe University-Woodbury. “This was a great opportunity for our students to not only get a chance to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship toward their education, but it also is a wonderful experience for them to illustrate their skills to a well-known organization in the architectural industry.”

“It feels great to win $1,000 towards my tuition next fall,” said Janssen. “The experience of competition is a close second to actually winning the money. It provided the experience of coming up with my own design in a very short time and to express it through the use of AutoCAD.”

Overall, Janssen would recommend competing or simply applying for scholarships. “It’s less money a student has to pay back and it is something I can talk about in a future job interview possibly.”

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