Architects Foundation Quadruples its Diversity Advancement Scholarships

Scholarship expansion provides financial support to 20 students enrolling in architecture studies.

Washington – The Architects Foundation is awarding 20 new multiyear scholarships to students attending NAAB-accredited schools of architecture, quadrupling the number of scholarships made in 2017.

The Foundation–the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)—is also more than doubling the number of students currently assisted by its multiyear scholarship program with a $1 million investment from the AIA. As part of the Foundation’s program, scholars receive $4,000 per year for up to five years.

Two of the new 20 scholars are funded by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation and will receive an additional $1,000 per year. The AIA Custom Residential Architects Network also funded a scholar this year who has expressed interest in residential architecture. Recipients of the 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarships will be recognized at the AIA Conference on Architecture (A’18) in New York City.

“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 Marci Reed, Executive Director of the Architects Foundation. “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.”

Eight scholarship recipients, including new scholars Maly Sears and Caroline Senyszyn, will attend A’18 this week, which was made possible in part by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, ConstructConnect, Cooper Carry, and Lord Aeck Sargent.

The 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients are:

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