New scholarship kicks off "Celebrating Black History, Investing in Black Futures" campaign

Nominations for Watts Scholarship invited for students from under-represented groups

Published February 1, 2019 This content is archived.


The School of Architecture and Planning kicked off its celebration of Black History Month with the announcement of a new nomination process for the Watts Scholarship that will target students from under-represented groups.  

The scholarship is supported by Watts Architecture & Engineering, D.P.C, a progressive, minority-owned architecture and engineering (A/E) firm with offices in Buffalo, Syracuse and New York City.  

Dean Robert Shibley acknowledged the long-standing support and partnership of Watts, which has sponsored scholars as well as provided internships to students in the architecture program for many years. "This new nomination process reinforces a powerful partnership with an even greater focus on inclusion and diversity in our program and the profession."

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 market place and today is a full service architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firm.

Nominations for 2019-20 Watts scholar awards may be made by faculty or peers according to the following eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate students (entering junior year in fall 2019 may apply): eligible for awards up to $1,750 for fall 2019
  • Graduate students (new and continuing may apply): eligible for awards up to $3,000

Self nominations will also be accepted.

Upon receiving the award, Watts scholars are eligible to apply for an internship with Watts Architecture and Engineering P.C., based on availability.

Submit nomination materials by March 30, 2019 to Nomination should include the following (as a single pdf file):

  1. Cover page including full name, year of study, and contact information of applicant (email address)
  2. Statement describing applicant’s creative practice (1 page max)
  3. Image illustrative of applicant’s work (1 image max)
  4. Names of two faculty references

Awards will be announced by April 15, 2019.

The School of Architecture and Planning's "Celebrating Black History, Investing in Black Futures" campaign, to continue throughout February as Black History Month, will shine a spotlight on the accomplishments and activities of our Black faculty, alumni, staff and students. The campaign will also recognize critical research and programs that celebrate the Black experience.

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