The Diversity Advancement Scholarship

The Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship, originally called the AIA/Ford Foundation Scholarship, was founded in 1969 when the AIA and Ford Foundation each pledged $500,000 to support three different groups of students’ education in the field of architecture.

The program sought to give scholarships, not only to those youths in financial need, but to those who otherwise would not have other means to obtain a professional education. Since the Diversity Advancement Scholarship was launched in 1970, it has been awarded to over 2,300 students. Recently, the AIA’s Board of Directors has committed $1 million dollars, to support this effort.

Today, with the help of Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, our goal and purpose for this important scholarship program remains the same; we aim to provide assistance to individuals from a minority race or ethnicity who intend to become an architect through the pursuit of a NAAB-accredited professional degree in architecture.



To be eligible for the Diversity Advancement Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Member of a minority race or ethnicity
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • US Citizen
  • Rising 1st or 2nd year student in a NAAB-accredited architecture program


Applications for the 2018 Diversity Advancement Scholarship will open on October 25, 2017.

For further information regarding this scholarship please contact