Diversity Advancement Scholarship

This architecture scholarship can change your life!

Maybe you chose architecture because you want to design a better world. Or you can’t imagine doing anything else. One thing’s for certain: You love this work. And we’d love to help fund your college experience with a multiyear scholarship, up to $20,000.

We created the Diversity Advancement Scholarship to help more minority students pursue a successful career in architecture. Multiple scholarships are available.

$20,000 scholarship

We’re looking for minority students whose imagination and design thinking will influence the future of the built environment and the architecture profession. Eligible students must be a US citizen 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.

NAAB-accredited degree programs may be a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree, or a four-year pre-professional bachelor degree followed by a Master of Architecture degree. Scholarships may be renewed for up to 5 years (up to a $20,000 total award—multiple scholarships are available).

The Diversity Advancement Scholarship was created in 1970 with an initial grant from the Ford Foundation, after civil rights leader Whitney Young Jr. challenged architects in 1968 to create a more responsible and equitable field. Read the program report here.

Application process

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will open in November 2021. Sign up to receive notifications on the next application cycle opening.

Applicants must submit:

  • A comprehensive essay that tells us why you think it’s important to have diverse viewpoints and cultures represented within the architecture profession (1,200 words)
  • A professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A portfolio (3-5 creative works, do not have to be architecture-specific)

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2022 Selection Committee
More information about the selection committee will be released. Please address letters of reference to the “2022 Selection Committee.”


Thank you to our scholarship sponsors!

Partner-funded scholars:
Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation: Sierra CallwoodLeslie EppsCaroline Senyszyn 
Curry Stone Foundation: Zuleika Baldeo
Custom Residential Architects Network, an AIA Knowledge Community: Ania Yee-Boguinskaia and Omar Leon
Safdie Architects: Geremiah Tallas
Sherwin-Williams Company: To be announced




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