Montvale, NJ – November 9, 2016 — GIVING MOORE, a foundation of Benjamin Moore & Co., and The American Institute of Architects Foundation today announced its 2017 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). Two students will be selected to win one $5,000 scholarship each in 2017 and an additional $5,000 each per year for up to five years of their undergraduate architectural studies.
Beginning today through January 25, 2017, 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 http://www.architectsfoundation.org/education/the-diversity-advancement-scholarship/. Winners will be notified in April 2017.
"Benjamin Moore & Co. and the GIVING MOORE Foundation are committed to supporting education initiatives for students of interior design and architecture," said Mike Searles, CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and Chairman of GIVING MOORE. "We are thrilled to partner once again with The American Institute of Architects Foundation and fund the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program. We look forward to seeing all that these students bring from their diverse backgrounds to a field that is changing the landscape of North America."
"The American Institute of Architects Foundation is grateful for the support of GIVING MOORE in funding the Diversity Advancement Scholarships," said Jeff Potter, Foundation Board President of the Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects. "The program was launched in 1970 and it is because of partners like GIVING MOORE that we have been able to provide 2,300 minority architectural students with financial assistance over the last 46 years."
For the second year, GIVING MOORE has supported three Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients. Additionally, GIVING MOORE is continuing its support of the 2015 winners and they will be provided financial assistance throughout the remaining time in their current five-year programs. To learn more about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program and how to apply please visit www.architectsfoundation.org/education.
About Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of North America's leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, Benjamin Moore & Co. maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The Benjamin Moore premium portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®, Regal® Select, Natura®, and ben®. The Benjamin Moore & Co. Family of Brands includes specialty and architectural paints from Coronado®, Lenmar® and Insl-x®. Benjamin Moore & Co. coatings are available primarily from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.
Charitable Giving at Benjamin Moore & Co.
Benjamin Moore & Co. and GIVING MOORE, a Foundation of Benjamin Moore & Co., are committed to the communities they serve. Together their giving is driven by two guiding principles inclusive of fostering and preserving the value of home and building sustainable communities. Through financial and in-kind donations, the company and GIVING MOORE are able to support numerous national and regional nonprofits that embody these core values including AIA Architects Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, Historic House Trust, The Mission Continues and YouthBuild®, among others. Additionally, teams of Benjamin Moore employee volunteers give thousands of hours each year to charities across North America.