Four Students selected for the AIA/AAF Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship
Recent Scholarship program upgrades provide selected students with greater funding
For immediate release:
Washington, D.C. – July 25, 2012 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected four students to receive the AIA/AAF Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship. Since 1970 through a joint effort with the American Architectural Foundation (AAF), the scholarship is awarded to high school graduates, college freshmen, and community college students from a minority and/or financially disadvantaged background who intend to pursue a NAAB-accredited professional degree in architecture. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage diversity in the architecture profession.
In 2010, the scholarship program was transferred to AIA Legacy, Inc., and underwent several improvements. In recognizing the need for greater support and encourage a path to licensure, the scholarship program was adjusted to include fewer recipients while the funding award was increased up to $4000 and can be renewed annually up to five years.
“As in past years, the quality of applicants was impressive making the decision by the committee a challenge,” states Lee W. Waldrep, Ph.D., chair of the scholarship committee and assistant director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “However, the four finalists stood out in terms of their academic credentials to pursue architecture and are well deserving of the AIA/AAF Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship.”
The scholarship committee, made up of dedicated teaching professional and practitioners of the profession received over 150 applications, but was most impressed by the academic and personal achievements of the selected recipients:
Dominique Devlin - Rice University
Graduate of the International Community School in Kirkland, Washington, Devlin will be attending Rice University’s School of Architecture pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture degree. During high school, Devlin was a member of the National Honor Society and treasurer of the National Art Honor Society. She was an active member of the varsity Mock Trial and participated in ACE Mentors, a high school architecture mentorship program.
Calvin Gallion, III - Tulane University
Graduate of Natchitoches Central High School in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Gallion will be attending Tulane University. He plans on pursuing a career focusing on weather resistant/proof buildings. Gallion is very interested in Greco-Roman and Gothic era architecture and has been influenced by Victorian style homes of the South. He enjoys drawing, sketching, and designing.
Rami Niga - University of Detroit Mercy
A native of Baghdad, Iraq, Niga graduated from Catholic Central High School in Detroit. He will be attending The University of Detroit Mercy to study sustainable architecture and was a member of this high school Engineering Club. He is also involved with the Youth Leadership Council at Bethany Christian Services, helping foreign youths adjust to the United States. Niga enjoys sketching buildings in his free time.
Rosibel Tavares - Pratt Institute
Graduating as the salutatorian from Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, New York, Tavares will be attending the Pratt Institute this fall. She is enrolled in the 5 year accredited architecture program. Living in New York City, Tavares cites her passion for architecture coming from her surroundings. Tavares enjoys drawing, photography, and sculpting as well as hoping to one day be an innovator in the field of sustainable design.
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