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 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. 

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Scholarship Applications for 2022/2023 Academic Year

MAF provides scholarships to individual students who identify as black, indigenous, or person of color who wish to pursue a professional education in architecture and who hold promise for succeeding in such a career pursuit. This scholarship continues to be funded to the successful student(s) for each year in the professional 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(s). The scholarship amount provided to each recipient is $2,000 per semester ($4,000 per academic year) and is an ongoing scholarship for up to five years (as long as a full course load of classes is successful completed each semester). For the 2022-2023 academic year, MAF will award up to four new scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U. S. citizens who identify as black, indigenous, or person of color
  • Students with a demonstrable financial need
  • Students accepted into an accredited professional architecture degree program in Minnesota with no more than five (5) years remaining in the program
  • Students whose academic performance, as well as personal interests and aptitude, hold promise for completion of a rigorous academic and professional challenge

Application Requirements

  • Candidate Information (name, address, undergrad institution, race/ethnicity)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Financial information
    • FAFSA copy (most recent available)
    • Other Scholarships/grants received
  • Academic information (acceptance – yes/no, current unofficial transcript, concise and readily available representation of recent design work)
  • Short personal statement communicating interest in scholarship, general interests, and other awards and/or recognitions.
Updated Selection Process and Schedule
April 1, 2022 – Application available through our online entry form and will require registering with a free account
June 1, 2022 – Deadline to apply
June 13, 2022 – Finalists notified and invited to an interview
June 20-27, 2022 – Interviews via Zoom scheduled based on finalists availability
July 1, 2022 – Wigington scholars announced


Current Scholars

The Clarence Wigington Architectural Scholarship continues to fund Dunwoody College of Technology student Faiza Duale and University of Minnesota students Laichee Yang and Samuel Fleming. Best of luck to all individuals on their path toward becoming an architect. 

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Past Scholarship Recipients

Jordan Strickland: M. Arch degree 2021
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