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Rising Black Student
Architects & Designers Scholarship

AIA Connecticut, in conjunction with NOMA Connecticut, is pleased to announce the launch of this new innovative scholarship.

According to the new 2020 census, nearly 11% of Connecticut’s population identify as Black/African American. Of the 4,641 licensed architects in the state, fewer than 20 are of Black or African American descent.

This scholarship was developed to provide more diverse voices across the entire architectural, engineering, and construction industry.  It will also incentivize the recipient to begin their architectural career in the state of Connecticut.

Due to the generous donations already received, all funds will be fully distributed for the 2024 -2025 academic year.

  • The number of scholarships and the total number of scholarships given out will be determined according to the annual funds raised.
  • Scholarships may be used towards tuition and/or books. Room and board are excluded.
  • The minimum awards are $1,000 per recipient. 
  • Scholarship awards will be announced by July 20, 2024.

Deadline to apply: June 1, 2024 at 11:59pm

To qualify, applicants must:

  1. Self-identify as Black or of African American heritage
  2. Hold US citizenship or residency
  3. Be currently enrolled in or accepted to an architecture program (as a full-time student) at a university in CT, DC, DE, MA, ME, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT. There is no requirement for the program to be NAAB accredited.
  4. Accept an internship at a firm located in Connecticut in the summer of 2025
  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Professional headshot
  3. Letters of recommendation or acceptance (see below)
    1. Current college/university students: a recommendation letter from a professor on university letterhead
    2. Prospective students: an acceptance letter demonstrating enrollment in a US undergraduate architectural program
  4. Response to the following prompts (maximum 400 words total):
    1. In what ways can architects serve as agents of change within their communities?
    2. Explain the financial significance of receiving this scholarship.
    3. Describe how an internship opportunity will influence your architectural journey.
  5. A brief statement detailing financial need and outlining the intended utilization of the scholarship funds (maximum 100 words)
  6. Portfolio/Work samples (one of the following):
    1. Prospective students: initial submission required for university admission
    2. Current students:
      1. Architectural project accompanied by a written description (maximum 200 words and 3 pages), OR
      2. Group project highlighting the applicant’s specific contribution

Thank you Donors!

  • Cassandra & Drew Archer
  • Frederick W. & Ivy Thomas McKinney
  • Happy Haus Design
  • Kenneth & Wendy Anderson Brachfeld
  • Marc G. Andre Architects
  • MeKael Engineering & Consulting, LLC
  • Rockman Millwork Windows & Doors
  • Rohan Freeman – Freeman Companies
  • Stephen F.& Sarah S. Boccarossa
  • Studio Q Architecture, LLC
  • United Haitian American Society
  • Cassie & Drew Archer
  • Rockman Millwork Windows & Doors
  • Studio Q Architecture
  • Susan & Leonard Wyeth
  • Kojo Asiedu
  • Angela Cahill
  • Kevin & Kathy Taylor
  • Omarys & Mikey Vasquez

If you would like to make a donation, the deadline
for the 2024 scholarships is May 31st