Justice, EQUITY, DIVERSITY and INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

 

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 the scholarship program's inception, we have awarded $120,000 in tuition aid to 20 recipients across the country.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be current undergraduate (at least a junior level standing) or graduate students in an accredited architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture or engineering program in the United States. 
  • Candidates should have a current GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Candidates who are Black/African American, Hispanic, Alaskan Native or American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.

Prior to starting your application, please have the following items available:

  • Resume
  • A cover letter including the answer to the question "Describe the importance of diversity in the design world" (in 200 words or less
  • Portfolios for architecture, interiors, landscape architecture applicants as well

Interested candidates can apply at the links below: 

 

THE INTERN EXPERIENCE

The Voice of Interns: Building a more Inclusive Industry

THE VOICE OF INTERNS: BUILDING A MORE INCLUSIVE INDUSTRY

What does it take to evolve the design industry so that we can design a better future for all? Our 2021 intern class shares their insights and experiences on how EDI plays a crucial role in addressing the challenges of tomorrow.

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PAST RECIPIENTS

 

 

Learn more about this scholarship from a recent recipient

 

J.E.D.I. AT SMITHGROUP 

Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion SmithGroup

Working to Design a Better Future for All

Often used interchangeably, equity, diversity and inclusion are not synonyms. Each has a different meaning, and each plays a unique yet interrelated role in shaping our design culture and outcomes for a better future together.

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LEADING THE CONVERSATION

Disrupting White Supremacy in Museum Architecture

Disrupting White Supremacy in Museum Architecture

In June 2020, the world took to the streets calling for an end to anti-Black racism and police brutality in the wake of the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky by local police officers. Though these protests were far from the first of their kind, they proved to be a watershed moment, forcing a reckoning with racial justice in nearly all aspects of American life, including the arts.

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