The Architects Foundation and GIVING MOORE announce the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients

Two students selected to win $5,000 scholarship towards their architectural studies

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Washington, D.C. – April 18, 2017 – The Architects Foundation, in partnership with GIVING MOORE, a foundation of Benjamin Moore & Co., have selected the recipients of the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarship. 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). The selected students will receive 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.

Qualified applicants were required to submit a comprehensive essay detailing their personal journey and how it impacts their interest in architecture, along with examples of their creative work and letters of recommendation. The two winners selected by the panel of judges are:

·         Leslie Epps, rising Sophomore at The City College of New York, who plans to pursue a career in architecture that enables her to travel the world, design in other countries and expand her global experiences.

·         Sierra Callwood, rising Freshman at Tulane University, whose interests early on in robotics, art and history influenced her passion for the multifaceted discipline of architecture.

“It is an honor to recognize Leslie and Sierra with this scholarship,” said Jeff Potter, FAIA, President of the Architects Foundation. “Their hard work and desire to enter the profession serves as source of inspiration to those of us at the Architects Foundation and practicing architects everywhere. We look forward to the perspectives these scholars bring in shaping communities in the future.”

“We extend our sincere congratulations to Leslie Epps and Sierra Callwood, recipients of the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarships,” said Mike Searles, CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and Chairman of GIVING MOORE. “We are proud to support the next generation of architects and are committed to helping enhance their educational and professional development as they pursue careers in the architecture field.”

Additionally, GIVING MOORE is continuing its support of the 2015 winners providing financial assistance throughout the remaining time in their current five-year programs. To learn more about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program visit

About The Architects Foundation

The Architects Foundation celebrates 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 our scholarship program. 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 our profession. Visit  

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 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.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through over 200 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

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.


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