The Architects Foundation and GIVING MOORE Announce the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarship Recipients

Washington, D.C. – The Architects Foundation, in partnership with GIVING MOORE, a foundation of Benjamin Moore & Co., have selected the recipients of the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarship. The scholarship provides assistance to individuals from a minority race or ethnicity pursuing a professional degree in architecture recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The selected students will receive one $5,000 scholarship each in 2017 and an additional $5,000 each per year for up to five years of their undergraduate architectural studies.

Qualified applicants were required to submit a comprehensive essay detailing their personal journey and how it impacts their interest in architecture, along with examples of their creative work and letters of recommendation. The two winners selected by the panel of judges are:

  • Leslie Epps, rising Sophomore at The City College of New York, who plans to pursue a career in architecture that enables her to travel the world, design in other countries and expand her global experiences.
  • Sierra Callwood, rising Freshman at Tulane University, whose interests early on in robotics, art and history influenced her passion for the multifaceted discipline of architecture.

“It is an honor to recognize Leslie and Sierra with this scholarship,” said Jeff Potter, FAIA, President of the Architects Foundation. “Their hard work and desire to enter the profession serves as source of inspiration to those of us at the Architects Foundation and practicing architects everywhere. We look forward to the perspectives these scholars bring in shaping communities in the future.”

“We extend our sincere congratulations to Leslie Epps and Sierra Callwood, recipients of the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarships,” said Mike Searles, CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and Chairman of GIVING MOORE. “We are proud to support the next generation of architects and are committed to helping enhance their educational and professional development as they pursue careers in the architecture field.”

Additionally, GIVING MOORE is continuing its support of the 2015 winners providing financial assistance throughout the remaining time in their current five-year programs. To learn more about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program visit