The School of Architecture and Planning, in partnership with the university, our alumni, our faculty and staff, and our philanthropic supporters, provides support to our undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to tuition scholarships, stipends for travel and supplies, and support for study abroad, our students, like our faculty, are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service—and are rewarded for their hard work.
Targeting architecture students from underrepresented groups, the Watts Scholar is supported by Watts Architects & Engineers, a progressive, minority-owned architecture and engineering (A/E) firm with offices in Buffalo, Syracuse, and New York, NY. Formed in 1986 by Edward O. Watts, PE as its sole employee, Watts specialized in environmental engineering and training. Over the last 30 years, the firm has continually diversified its services to satisfy the consulting needs in the marketplace and today is a full-service architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firm.
Students eligible to receive the scholarship:
Undergraduate students in architecture
Undergraduate students entering their junior year of study are eligible to receive a total award of $3,325 (allocated in two equal installments in the Fall of their junior and senior year)
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Graduates students in architecture
Graduate students are eligible to receive up to $3,325 (new and continuing students may apply). Graduate-level Watts Scholars are eligible to apply for an internship with Watts Architects and Engineers. Internships are contingent on availability.
Nominations may be submitted by faculty or peers. Self-nominations are also welcome. Submit nomination materials to ap-ResearchInclusiveExcellence@buffalo.edu. The nomination package should include the following (as a single pdf file):
Please put “Watts Nomination [Last name of nominee]” in the application.
Awards will be made to underrepresented students on the basis of student performance, engagement, and demonstrated financial need. Applications are typically due in February of each year.
“For over fifteen years, our company has provided scholarships to deserving minority students that are on a pathway to careers in architecture and engineering,” said Edward Watts, Jr., president of Watts. “As long as our company remains in business, we will continue to partner with educational institutions to help provide access to students that are dedicated to pursuing their dreams.”