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Ridgefield Teen Wins Architecture Scholarship

Ridgefield resident Lucas Winson will be attending the Discover Architecture camp this summer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-­Champaign after winning the Kenneth Jacobs Memorial Scholarship.
Ridgefield resident Lucas Winson will be attending the Discover Architecture camp this summer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-­Champaign after winning the Kenneth Jacobs Memorial Scholarship. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - Ridgefield's Lucas Winson was one of two high school students to receive the Kenneth Jacobs Memorial Scholarship for the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-­Champaign.

The scholarship provides partial tuition to students attending the summer program, Discover Architecture, which Winson will be attending this summer.

“I could endlessly explain why architecture interests me and what philosophies I employ when creating, but the answer is simple: I want to become an architect because I enjoy designing and finding answers,” Winson said in his essay for the scholarship. “I am truly excited to learn, grow and eventually contribute to the field of architecture.”

Winson will be a senior at the Wooster School in Danbury this fall.

This is only the third year that the School of Architecture has awarded this scholarship, set up in 2011 in honor of Jacobs, who graduated the program in 1958.

According to a statement from the university, "Jacobs spent most of his career developing and designing shopping centers, always looking for new and interesting ways to collaborate with other artists. Ken truly enjoyed helping young architects get started in the business, and he was a mentor and cheerleader for many."

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