Advancing DIVERSITY in the profession by sponsoring promising minority students with focused and sustained financial support

Created in 1992 as the Minority Architectural Scholarship, this fund was renamed the Clarence Wigington Minority Architectural Scholarship to recognize the extraordinary professional and civic accomplishments of the first African American municipal architect in the United States and the first licensed African American architect in Minnesota. This scholarship provides tuition scholarships to minority students who wish to pursue a professional education in architecture in Minnesota, and who hold promise for succeeding in an architectural career. Funding is provided through annual raffles at the AIA Minnesota Conference on Architecture and donations. This year's scholarship was enhanced by a special gift from AIA National's Component Matching Grant program.

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Recent Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Jessica Holmes and Savanna Steele recipients of the 2015 Clarence Wigington Minority Architectural Scholarship!

Jessica Holmes and Savannah Steele













Jessica Holmes, beginning her first year in the University of Minnesota M. Architecture program, said in her scholarship application, “With this scholarship I will continue to be a student of high moral and academic standard while utilizing my passion, creativity and problem-solving skills to effectively assist my cohorts throughout the duration of my educational and professional endeavors.”

Savannah Steele, starting her first year in the University of Minnesota M. Architecture program, stated in her application, “I plan to pursue a career in sustainable industrial and public architecture. Once I have gained the skills necessary to attend to the project specific needs of a client, site, and community, I intend to lead my own firm. I look forward to gaining knowledge that can be used for the purpose of generating community renewal, improving civic engagement, decreasing waste, and encouraging forward thinking building designs.”

Savannah has been working on a design radio show, Spaces and Places that girls live at 2:00 pm on Thursdays.  It airs digitally on and on 98.9 FM.  Check it out!

The Minnesota Architectural Foundation looks forward to supporting Jessica and Savannah as they pursue their dreams. Download the Press Release.

Josh Ong


Recent Wigington scholar Josh Ong, received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in May 2015. Josh joins Pauv Thouk, AIA, Keon Blasingame, Jon Jacobs, Vanessa Abin-Fuentes, and Namdi Alexander as graduating Wigington scholars. Congratulations!

Past Scholarship Recipients

Josh Ong: M. Arch. degree 2015. Currently employed at Cermak Rhoades Architecture. 
Namdi Alexander: M. Arch. degree 2014. Currently employed at BKV Group.
Vanessa Abin-Fuentes: M. Arch. degree 2014. Currently employed at LMN Architects in Seattle.
Jonathon Jacobs: M. Arch. degree 2013. Currently employed at Wold Architects.
Keon Blasingame: M. Arch. degree 2005. Currently employed at LSE Architects.
Pauv Thouk, AIA: M. Arch degree 2005. Currently employed at Snow Kreilich Architects.