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 at the University of Minnesota, and who hold promise for succeeding in an architectural career. Funding is provided through annual raffles at the AIA Minnesota Annual Convention and donations. This year's scholarship was enhanced by a special gift from AIA National's Component Matching Grant program.

Recent Scholarship Recipients

2014_Wig_1700x1200The Minnesota Architectural Foundation is pleased to announce two new 2014 Clarence Wigington Minority Scholarship recipients:

Josh Ong, who is beginning his second year in the University of Minnesota M. Architecture program. In his application, Josh said, “This growing passion towards public interest architecture and my experiences in the built environments of Manila and Chicago provided the foundation for my career goal, which is to design affordable and sustainable housing for the urban poor. With the help of the Wigington Scholarship, I can better fund my education and accomplish this goal.

Rosaura Ramos, who is beginning her first year in the University of Minnesota M. Architecture program. Rosaura stated in her application, “Since a very young age I knew that I wanted to have a career in design. I remember getting lost in the details of a building and finding a type of tranquility. There are strong dreams through out an individual’s lifetime that cannot be passed and I know this to be one of mine, that I would regret if I let go…”

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Past Scholarship Recipients

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: M. Arch degree 2005. Currently employed at Snow Kreilich Architects.