We have created the SmithGroup Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship Program to support and mentor students from historically underrepresented demographics in architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture and engineering.  The program’s mission is to provide these students with the opportunity to attain their professional goals while advancing the architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) industry and improving the built environment.

This scholarship includes a one-time award of $6,000 to offset the student's tuition at their current academic institution (5 scholarships are awarded each year). Additionally, the scholarship recipients serve as paid summer interns at SmithGroup offices across the United States (internship is a program requirement).  Since its inception in 2018, the program has awarded $210,000 to 35 recipients across the United States.


SmithGroup 2024

SmithGroup Awards 2024 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships

"Our J.E.D.I. Scholarship is one means of helping to cultivate a more just and equitable design industry by cultivating a more inclusive pipeline of future design talent," says Troy Thompson, a managing partner for the firm. "Our scholarship programs, including the J.E.D.I. Scholarship, are each designed to offer real-work experience, foster mentoring relationships with professionals, and provide tuition support to help young designers launch successful professional careers."

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The 2024 application has closed. Applications for 2025 will open in the fall of 2024. For questions about the SmithGroup J.E.D.I. Scholarship program, please submit an email to scholarships [at] smithgroup.com.




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Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion SmithGroup

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