SmithGroup Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program

We have created the SmithGroup Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) 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.

EDI Scholarship SmithGroup

2018 Scholarship Winner Stephanie Onwenu


This scholarship includes a one-time award of $6,000 to offset the student's tuition at their current academic institution (5 scholarships will be awarded). Additionally, the scholarship recipient will serve as a paid summer intern at any SmithGroup office in the United States where their discipline is located. 



2018 Scholarship Winners

Top from left: Jonathan Choi - University of Arizona, Lorena De Almeida - Calvin College, Qudus Lawal - University of Illinois at Chicago

Bottom from left: Stephanie Onwenu - Michigan State University, Everritt Phillips - University of Michigan 


  • 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 of Black/African American, Hispanic, Alaskan Native or American Indian, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander or Mixed/Multiple Race/Ethnicity and Women are encouraged 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
  • Link to online portfolio (for architecture and landscape architecture majors)
  • Answer to the question "Describe the importance of diversity in the design world" (in 200 words or less)


Applications will be accepted through January 18, 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

You can find the application here.