Washington, D.C. -- The Architects Foundation is quadrupling its number of scholarships from last year and awarding 20 new multiyear scholarships to students attending NAAB-accredited schools of architecture.

The Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is also more than doubling the number of students currently assisted by its multiyear scholarship program with a $1 million investment from AIA. As part of the Foundation’s program, scholars receive $4,000 per year for up to five years.

“The Diversity Advancement Scholarship was established by the AIA and the Ford Foundation following a 1968 speech by Whitney M. Young Jr. calling upon architects to do more for the community,” said Marci Reed, Architects Foundation executive director. “Young’s charge included scholarships for minority students, and in 1970, 20 awards were made. Fifty years after Young’s challenge, we are pleased to be back at this impressive level of effort to create a diverse next generation of architects and community builders.”

Two of the new 20 scholars are funded by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation and will receive an additional $1,000 per year. The AIA Custom Residential Architects Network also funded a scholar this year who has expressed interest in residential architecture. Recipients of the 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarships will be recognized at the AIA Conference on Architecture (A’18) in New York.

For more information, visit architectsfoundation.org.