ARCHITECT's Katharine Keane reports that this week, the Architects Foundation announced 20 new Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients, quadrupling its efforts from last year.

The scholarship program (originally called the Ford Foundation Scholarship) awards high school and undergraduate minority students who are entering, enrolled in, or transferring into a National Architectural Accrediting Board(NAAB)–accredited undergraduate architecture program $4,000 for the academic year, and $4,000 more per subsequent year of their undergraduate studies 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. Young’s charge included scholarships for minority students, and in 1970, 20 awards were made,” Architects Foundation executive director Marci Reed said in a press release. “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.”

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