The WRNS Studio Foundation Architecture Scholarship is designed to support students who identify as Black or African-American. Eligibility is confirmed through both self-certification and within letters of reference. This scholarship provides financial assistance to full-time students pursuing degrees in architecture or design. Exact dollar amounts for the scholarship will vary.
Program Eligibility: This scholarship is available to full-time students pursuing degrees in architecture or design at approved accredited 5-year or 4+1 programs in the continental United States and Hawaii.
Eligible Student Categories:
• High school students planning to enroll in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program.
• Second-year college students in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program.
• Technical school or community college students with 12+ studio credits. This group should have completed high school or its equivalent and intend to transfer to a NAAB-accredited architecture program.
Degree Programs: NAAB-accredited degree programs may include a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree or a 4-year pre-professional bachelor's degree followed by a Master of Architecture degree.
Application Period: The application window for this scholarship runs from February until the April due date. Scholarship amounts may vary.
WRNS Studio Foundation Advisory Program (Established in 2021):
In 2021, the WRNS Studio Foundation introduced the Advisory Program to provide crucial support to future Black architects and designers. This initiative serves as a safe space for these individuals to navigate their academic, licensure, and certification journeys.
The Foundation plays a pivotal role in connecting scholarship recipients with advisors who share personal and professional compatibility. These advisors engage with recipients on a regular, one-on-one basis until their graduation. During this period, advisors and advisees collaboratively set expectations, address needs, and determine meeting intervals. Furthermore, advisors leverage their professional networks to coordinate specialized support for the recipient.
The Foundation's intention is to renew scholarships annually, ensuring continued support until graduation for students who maintain the required GPA for program completion.