Diversity Advancement Scholarship

Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients

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).

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.

Application process

The 2020-2021 Diversity Advancement Scholarship applications will open in fall 2019. Sign up to receive application opening notifications.

The 2019-2020 Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship Selection Committee:

  • Anzilla Gilmore, FAIA, Rice University
  • Brent Castro, Assoc. AIA, EYP Architecture and Engineering
  • Constance Lai, AIA, Grunley Construction Company
  • Edward Dunson, AIA, Howard University
  • Larry Carr, NCIDQ, Perkins+Will
  • Lira Luis, AIA, Atelier Lira Luis
  • Melissa Daniel, Assoc. AIA, WDG Architecture
  • Michelle Rinehart, Ed. D, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Michael Enomoto, FAIA, Gruen Associates
  • Steven Lewis, FAIA, ZGF

Email us at scholarships@architectsfoundation.org.


We’d like to extend a special thank you to our scholarship sponsors!