2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarship Recipients
Foundation, in partnership with GIVING MOORE, a foundation of Benjamin
Moore & Co., have selected the recipients of the
2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarship.
The scholarship provides assistance to individuals from a minority
race or ethnicity pursuing a professional degree in architecture
recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
The selected students will receive one $5,000 scholarship each in
2017 and an additional $5,000 each per year for up to five years of
their undergraduate architectural studies.
Qualified applicants were required
to submit a comprehensive essay detailing their personal journey
and how it impacts their interest in architecture, along with
examples of their creative work and letters of recommendation. The
two winners selected by the panel of judges are:
- Leslie Epps, rising Sophomore at
The City College of New York, who plans to pursue a career in
architecture that enables her to travel the world, design in other
countries and expand her global experiences.
- Sierra Callwood, rising Freshman
at Tulane University, whose interests early on in robotics, art and
history influenced her passion for the multifaceted discipline of
"It is an honor to recognize Leslie
and Sierra with this scholarship," said Jeff Potter, FAIA,
President of the Architects Foundation. "Their hard work and desire
to enter the profession serves as source of inspiration to those of
us at the Architects Foundation and practicing architects
everywhere. We look forward to the perspectives these scholars
bring in shaping communities in the future."
"We extend our sincere
congratulations to Leslie Epps and Sierra Callwood, recipients of
the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarships," said Mike Searles,
CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and Chairman of GIVING MOORE. "We
are proud to support the next generation of architects and are
committed to helping enhance their educational and professional
development as they pursue careers in the architecture
Additionally, GIVING MOORE is
continuing its support of the 2015 winners providing financial
assistance throughout the remaining time in their current five-year
programs. To learn more about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship