The Diversity Advancement Scholarship

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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, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be:

  • a high school student planning to enroll in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree
  • 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).

Application process

Applications for the 2019-2020 Diversity Advancement Scholarship will open in November 2018. Stay tuned for more details.

Each year, applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • resume
  • personal essay
  • two letters of recommendation
  • two examples of your creative work
  • estimated college expenses (requires FAFSA)


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Congratulations to the 2018-2019 recipients!
  • 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
  • Lauren McLean of Mount Vernon, NY
  • 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  (scholar funded by AIA Custom Residential Architects Network)
  • Nahom Zeleke of Columbia, AL
  • Carolina Zuniga of Doral, FL

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