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Architects Foundation Increases Scholarships

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects, recently announced its 2018-19 Diversity Advancement Scholarship winners, extending the awardees to 20 this year and quadrupling its award from last year.

“The Diversity Advancement Scholarship was established by the AIA and the Ford Foundation following a 1968 speech by Whitney M. Young Jr. calling upon architects to do more for the community. Young’s charge included scholarships for minority students, and in 1970, 20 awards were made,” said Architects Foundation Executive Director Marci Reed.

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The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects, recently announced the 2018-19 Diversity Advancement Scholarship winners, extending the awardees to 20 this year and quadrupling its award from last year.

“50 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 program also announced that it has more than doubled the number of students assisted by its multiyear scholarship program with a $1 million investment from AIA. As part of the program, scholars receive $4,000 per year for up to five years.

The Foundation noted that it partnered with the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation and the AIA Custom Residential Architects Network for a few of the scholars, including two awards funded by Benjamin Moore whose recipients will receive an additional $1,000.

This year’s winners are:

  • Esmeralda Aceituno, of Los Angeles;
  • Daniel Allen, of Chicago;
  • Elizabeth Amigon, of Sunnyside, New York;
  • Annabelle Asali, of Los Angeles;
  • Shanelle Brown, of Fairhope, Alabama;
  • Nina Crosby Walton, of Frederick, Maryland;
  • Andrea De Haro, of Doral, Florida;
  • Genesis Gadberry, of San Angelo, Texas;
  • Isabella Greco, of Chicago;
  • Joya Ma, of Phoenix;
  • Lauren McLean, of Mount Vernon, New York;
  • Hana Morrison, of Honolulu (scholar funded by AIA Custom Residential Architects Network);
  • Amy Rojas, of San Antonio;
  • Sarah Saad, of East Elmhurt, New York;
  • Maly Sears, of Adrian, Missouri (scholar funded by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation);
  • Caroline Senyszyn, of Fort Worth, Texas (scholar funded by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation);
  • Luiza Vara, of Phoenix;
  • Ania Yee-Boguinskaia, of Houston;
  • Nahom Zeleke, of Columbia, Alabama; and
  • Carolina Zuniga, of Doral, Florida.

About the Scholarship

The Diversity Advancement Scholarships go to “minority students whose imagination and design thinking will influence the future of the built environment and the architecture profession.”

Students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and
  • Be a high school student planning to enroll in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program; a rising second-year college student in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program; or a technical school or community college student who has completed high school or its equivalent and intends to transfer to a NAAB-accredited architecture program.

To apply, students are required to submit a resume, a personal essay, two letters of recommendation, two examples of creative work and estimated college expenses. Applications for the 2019-2020 scholarships will open in late fall.

   

Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects (AIA); Education; Scholarships

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