Diversity Advancement Scholarship

$1,000–$20,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
3/1/2023Submission Deadline

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The Diversity Advancement Scholarship was established in 1970 with an initial award from the Ford Foundation after civil rights pioneer Whitney Young Jr. urged architects in 1968 to build a more responsible and equitable field.

With a multi-year scholarship of up to $20,000, the Architects Foundation aims to attract, inspire, and invest in the next generation of architects. Through their wide network of alumni, mentors, and academics, they transform students’ professional paths.

Those chosen for the Diversity Advancement Program Scholars are part of a limited group of students who, by their creativity, dedication to quality, and involvement in a supportive network, can alter the landscape of the profession and the built environment’s future.

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Diversity Advancement Scholarship Timeline

January 17, 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications usually open in the middle of January.

March 1, 2023

Submission Deadline

The deadline for application submission is the first week of March.

August 2023

Award Announcement Date

Scholarships will be disbursed in August.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: High School Senior – College Sophomore
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Portfolio
  • Recommendation letters

How to ace the Diversity Advancement Scholarship


Make your involvement in your community known

If you've ever had a leadership position, mention it in your application, and be sure to demonstrate your commitment to helping people in your community.


Compile a portfolio of your best works

During the application process, you will be requested to submit your portfolio; make sure it contains your best work. You should also include creative work that demonstrates your diversity.


Show what makes you different from others

Share your most important characteristics and passions to stand out. This will allow them to get a better idea of who you are.


Don’t submit without having your application reviewed

Make sure your application is error-free. One way to do this is to have someone else look it over; they could see something you missed.

How the Diversity Advancement Scholarship is Judged

Applicants are evaluated on their abilities, originality, commitment to excellence, and community service activity. They must be model students who are not only talented but also involved in their communities.

Why We Love the Diversity Advancement Scholarship


The scholarship helps recipients achieve their goals

Thousands of dollars in architecture scholarships are awarded and professional development grants are given to high school and undergraduate students, Architect Registration Exam (ARE) candidates, and licensed architects seeking enrichment opportunities.


Invests in the next generation of architects

Young designers from underrepresented ethnic minorities and communities have benefited from the Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship.


No racial prejudice

The program provides financial assistance to ethnically diverse high school and undergraduate architectural students. There have been winners from different parts of the world.

5 Facts About The Architects Foundation


The foundation has a large alumni network

The Architects Foundation transforms the careers of its scholars through its broad network of alumni and mentors.


Registered architects can apply for travel grants

The Architects Foundation offers a variety of opportunities for architects at all stages of their careers, including travel grants for licensed architects.


Scholarship assists students from minority groups

The scholarship helps students from underrepresented groups as they navigate the rigors of architecture school. The program, which has helped over 2,300 young designers since 1969, continues to advocate for the power and social worth of architecture


Partnered with the American Institute of Architects

The Architects Foundation is the American Institute of Architects' philanthropic partner.


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