Advancing EQUITY 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. The Fund supports racial/ethnic minority students who have a specific interest in pursuing a professional architecture degree leading toward becoming a Registered Architect. 

Scholarship Applications

MAF provides a scholarship to a racial/ethnic minority student who wishes to pursue a professional education in architecture and who holds promise for succeeding in such a career pursuit. This scholarship continues to be funded to the successful student for each year in the Master of Architecture degree program through the completion of the degree as long as a full course load of classes is successfully completed each semester and other MAF requirements are met. Additionally, assistance with finding student employment opportunities in a Minnesota architectural firm will be provided to the successful student.  The scholarship amount received by the recipient each year in the program is determined the first year of the scholarship by the MAF Board of Directors (though each year is revisited and potentially discontinued if a full course load of classes is not successfully completed).

The MAF Wigington Scholarship Program provides a scholarship to the University of Minnesota and its College of Design toward the pursuance of a Master of Architecture degree. Scholarship funds are paid directly to the University of Minnesota.

Eligibility is reserved for:

  1. U. S. citizens who are racial/ethnic minorities. Preference given to Minnesota residents.
  2. Students with a demonstrable financial need.
  3. Students accepted into the Master of Architecture program at the U of Minnesota (scholarships for Dunwoody College of Technology students are anticipated once the program receives accreditation).
  4. Students whose academic performance, as well as personal interests and aptitude, hold promise for completion of this rigorous academic and professional challenge.

Application Requirements

  • Candidate Information (name, address, undergrad institution, race/ethnicity)
  • Two letters of reference to be emailed directly to
  • Financial information
    • Previous year taxable income
    • Financial support from family
    • Other Scholarships/grants received
    • Your or your family’s Form 1040
    • FAFSA copy
  • Academic information (UMN acceptance – yes/no/prerequisites, undergraduate transcript, design portfolio)
  • Interests (why interested, general interests, other awards/ recognitions)

Selection Process and Schedule – 2019

May 2019               Application available – Applications are accepted through our online entry form and will require registering for an account
June 7, 2019          Application deadline
June 21, 2019        Finalists notified and invited to an interview
July 8-12, 2019     Interviews
July 24, 2019         Wigington Scholar notified by MAF. A mentor will be appointed to provide guidance to the scholarship recipient(s) throughout their time within the program.

The Wigington Scholarship from Ryan Siemers on Vimeo.

Scholarship Recipients Graduate

Congratulations to Jessica Holmes and Savannah Steele recipients of the 2015 Clarence Wigington Minority Architectural Scholarship and recent graduates of the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Minnesota!  Jessica and Savannah join others as graduating recipients of the Wigington scholarship.  Congratulations!

Jessica Holmes and Savannah Steele










Past Scholarship Recipients

Jessica Holmes: M. Arch degree 2018. 
Savannah Steele: M. Arch degree 2018.
Josh Ong: M. Arch. degree 2015. 
Namdi Alexander: M. Arch. degree 2014. 
Vanessa Abin-Fuentes: M. Arch. degree 2014. 
Jonathon Jacobs: M. Arch. degree 2013. 
Keon Blasingame: M. Arch. degree 2005. 
Pauv Thouk, AIA: M. Arch degree 2005.