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Here’s how Benjamin Moore is celebrating (and promoting) diversity in design
May 15, 2018
Melissa Studach

Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation is enhancing the budding careers of aspiring architects Caroline Senyszyn and Maly Sears. Last month, it named each a recipient of its Diversity Advancement Scholarship. The financial reward is given in conjunction with the Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), to provide assistance to minority students pursuing a NAAB-accredited architecture degree.

Here’s how Benjamin Moore is celebrating (and promoting) diversity in design
Maly Sears and Caroline Senyszyn, recipients of Benjamin Moore's Diversity Advancement Scholarship; photo courtesy Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation

In addition to having the opportunity to attend the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City in June, the scholarship recipients will each receive $5,000 annually for five years.

“We are proud to continue to support scholarship programs such as the Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship and assist and encourage students who are pursuing careers in the architecture and interior design fields,” said Mike Searles, CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and chairman of the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation.

The winners were hand-selected out of hundreds of entrants, each of whom was asked to submit creative work samples and a personal essay, among other requirements. Now in its third year, the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program has provided $150,000 in assistance to aspiring architecture and design students.

Of this year’s recipients, Searles says: “We congratulate Caroline Senyszyn of Fort Worth, Texas, and Maly Sears of Adrian, Missouri, on earning the 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarships, and look forward to seeing how the next generation of architects shapes the industry.”

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