Cheuk C. credits the cramped condos of her childhood as her inspiration to pursue architecture. Growing up in Hong Kong in a lower- to middle-class neighborhood dominated by utilitarian architecture, she began to sketch dynamic structural spaces where home could be more than a place to “sleep, eat, and take showers.”
To help her complete a degree in Architecture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and foster that creative spirit, Scholarships.com has named Cheuk the 2009 recipient of the annual $1,000 College Design Scholarship.
Scholarships.com has been awarding Area of Study College Scholarships since summer 2008 to help students like Cheuk meet their college and career goals. The competition grants a $1,000 scholarship each month to a high school senior or undergraduate student planning to pursue a career in one of 13 areas of study, such as Design.
“The design scholarship is among the most competitive of all our scholarships," said Kevin Ladd, Vice President for Scholarships.com. “The overall diversity and quality of the entries made this particular decision a tough one for our panel of judges. Cheuk very eloquently expressed her background and her goals and, as a result, was awarded the scholarship.”
Scholarship applicants are asked to describe what influenced their career choices. In her submission, Cheuk described how her passion for architecture grew under her father’s guidance after her family left Hong Kong for Oakland, Calif. While helping build furniture and make repairs to their “new” 80-year-old house, she was able to begin designing everything around her, turning “every typical object” into a part of her “unique world.”