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Rising Black Designers Scholarship

Offered by Gensler

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Jan 19, 2023
5 awards worth


Grade level

College Senior

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

March 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a Black college senior majoring in architecture? If so, consider applying for the Rising Black Designers Scholarship! The scholarship is open to Black students who will begin their final year of a NAAB-accredited architecture program in the upcoming Fall semester. Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm funds the scholarship. They strive to positively impact their communities, tackle world challenges, and improve diversity within the field. Thus, this program aims to break down the barriers to entering the architectural field by creating opportunities and resources for Black students. Every year, Gensler chooses five applicants to receive a $10,000 scholarship to help pay for their tuition at a NAAB-accredited architecture program. If you are passionate about your degree in architecture and are looking for some help to offset the costs, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to Black college students enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program who will be beginning their final year of the program in the upcoming Fall semester. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College Senior



Academic Interest


Application information

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must complete the Design challenge, in addition to submitting an online application, one advanced-level architecture project, and the below application materials.

500-word project description


Resume or CV

Letter of Recommendation

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For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Gensler at [email protected].

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