Architects Foundation expand diversity scholarships program

Photos courtesy the Architects Foundation
Photos courtesy the Architects Foundation

Twenty students attending schools of architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) are set to receive multiyear Diversity Advancement Scholarships from the Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), quadrupling the number of scholarships made by the organization in 2017.

“The Diversity Advancement Scholarship was established by AIA following a 1968 speech by Whitney M. Young Jr., calling upon architects to do more for the community,” said Marci Reed, executive director of the Architects Foundation. “Young’s charge included scholarships for minority students, and in 1970, 20 awards were made. Fifty years after Young’s challenge, we are pleased to be back at this impressive level of effort to create a diverse next generation of architects and community builders.”

The Foundation, with a $1-million investment from AIA, also announced it is more than doubling the number of students currently assisted by its scholarship program. As part of the program, scholars receive $4000 per year for up to five years.

Two of the 20 scholars are funded by the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation and will receive an additional $1000 per year. The AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) also funded a scholar this year who has expressed interest in residential architecture.

To view a list of this year’s recipients, click here.

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