The Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation and Architects Foundation Launch 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship Program

Annual Scholarship Program Opens Call for Entries

Montvale, NJ – October 25, 2017 – The Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, in partnership with The Architects Foundation, today announced the opening of the application period for the 2018-2019 Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship program. 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).

Beginning today through January 17, 2018, qualified high school seniors planning to attend school for architecture and first-year college students currently enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and will be required to provide two examples of their creative work, high school transcripts, a personal essay and two letters of recommendation, among other requirements. To apply, visit

"The Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation is proud to continue its partnership with the American Institute of Architects Foundation and once again fund the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program for the third consecutive year," said Mike Searles, CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and Chairman of Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation. "We are committed to providing students of interior design and architecture the opportunity to advance in their studies and encourage qualified candidates to pursue a scholarship through this program."

The scholarship awards up to $20,000 for up to five years of undergraduate study, but thanks to additional funding from the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, the top two students will be awarded $5,000 each per year for up to five years, and will have the opportunity to attend the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City next summer.

"It is because of the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation's generosity that we are able to increase the awards for our top two scholarship candidates," said Architects Foundation Executive Director Marci Reed, CFRE, MPA. "We are grateful for Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation's commitment not only to funding these students but also providing them access to the profession's largest annual networking and educational event."

Scholarship winners will be notified in April 2018 and the top two will have the opportunity to attend the 2018 annual AIA Conference on Architecture taking place June 21- 23 in New York City. To learn more about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program and how to apply please visit

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Charitable Giving at Benjamin Moore & Co.
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About The Architects Foundation
The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate architecture's value by advancing tomorrow's design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. The Architects Foundation is positioning itself for new success, preparing to launch a momentous increase in scholarship programming, thanks to a recent gift of $1 million from AIA. By enhancing the program, the Foundation aims to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation's capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon's legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships.