As a collaboration between Benjamin Moore’s foundation, Giving Moore, and the AIA/Architects Foundation, the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarship Program will deliver financial assistance to individuals from a minority race or ethnicity pursuing a professional degree in architecture that’s recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
Russell A. Davidson, 2016 AIA President
“The AIA/Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship, originally called the AIA/Ford Foundation Scholarship, was founded in 1969 when the AIA and Ford Foundation each pledged $500,000 to support three different groups of students’ education in the field of architecture,” explains the foundation. “The scholarship’s objective was to identify black or minority candidates and involve them in a program that would allow for development in terms of inner-city problems. The program sought to give scholarships, not only to those youths in financial need, but to those who otherwise would not have other means to obtain a professional education. Since the Diversity Advancement Scholarship was launched in 1970, it has been awarded to over 2,300 students. Recently, the AIA’s board of directors has committed $1 million to support this effort.”
Applications are due January 25, 2017.