Students who identify as Black or African-American are eligible to apply for the WRNS Studio Foundation Architecture Scholarship. Eligibility must be confirmed by both self-certification and within letters of reference. Full Time students pursuing degrees in architecture or design at approved accredited 5-year or 4+1 programs in California, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, and Washington are eligible to apply. For example: A high school student planning to enroll in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program; A second-year College student in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program; or, A technical school or community College student with 12+ studio credits who has completed high school or its equivalent and intends to transfer to a NAAB-accredited architecture program. NAAB-accredited degree programs may be a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree, or a 4-year pre-professional bachelor’s degree followed by a Master of Architecture degree.
The WRNS Studio Foundation Advisory Program was established in 2021 to provide future Black architects and designers with a safe place for conversation and support while navigating their academic, licensure, and certification journeys. We seek to nurture and uplift students who wish to contribute to the growth and evolution of the built environment. The Foundation will match scholarship recipients with advisors based on personal and professional compatibility. Advisors will engage with recipients in a regular, one-on-one capacity until graduation. Advisors will work with advisees to establish expectations, needs, and meeting intervals: and they will coordinate specialized support from within their professional networks on the advisee’s behalf. The Foundation intends to renew scholarships annually, until graduation, for students who maintain a GPA required for program completion.