2022 Rising Black Designers Scholarship Winners
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2022 Rising Black Designers Scholarship Winners
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Scholarships, Bursary, and Prizes

2022 Rising Black Designers Winners - Top (L-R): Quinton Mason, Alix Salomon, Miranda Cuozzo, Dean Bailey, Deron Charley. Middle: D'Ali Roberts, Nejla Harris, Auriel Lewis, Uthman Olowa, Cassius Palacio. Bottom: Alysia Williams, Charlotte Potin, Isabelle Ndoumy-Kouakou, Derrick Seegars, Kyra Brown.

Over the last 20 years, our scholarships programs have supported the education of emerging design talent, with nearly $200,000 being awarded in the last year alone. Gensler offers several different programs in the U.S. annually for architecture and interior design students, and one U.K. Bursary.


RISING BLACK DESIGNERS SCHOLARSHIP + DESIGN CHALLENGE (US)

Applications Open: October 
Applications Close: January

We believe diversity ignites innovation in design. We believe in bringing together people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and points of view to work at Gensler and reimagine the future with us. The Rising Black Designers Scholarship + Design Challenge awards underrepresented Black students, enrolled in U.S. not-for-profit architecture programs, with academic tuition scholarships, micro-scholarships for books and materials, and opportunities for summer internships. Scholarships available amount to $60,000.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Identify as Black or African American
  • Be enrolled in an architecture program
  • Meet additional requirements based on the scholarship applied for; see details

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BRINKMANN SCHOLARSHIP + DESIGN CHALLENGE (US)

Applications Open: October 
Applications Close: January 

The Brinkmann Scholarship was established as a memorial to Don Brinkmann, an inspirational and gifted interior designer who personified the essence of design, vision, and leadership. In this spirit, the Brinkmann Scholarship awards students enrolled in U.S. not-for-profit interior design programs with academic scholarships and opportunities for summer internships.

Eligible students must be:

  • Enrolled in an interior design program

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DIVERSITY IN DESIGN BURSARY + PRIZES (UK)

Applications Open: October 
Applications Close: January 

We are committed to creating a just, anti-racist future within our organisation and beyond. While statements are important, it is action that will create lasting change. The Diversity in Design programme supports under-represented and ethnic minority architecture students at some of the U.K.’s top universities with one £10,000 bursary and multiple micro-prizes ranging from £500-£2,500.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Identify as an under-represented ethnic minority
  • Be enrolled in an architecture programme in the United Kingdom
  • Additional requirements based on the bursary or prize applied for, see Submission Guidelines for more information

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2021 Submission Guidelines | Questions? Email


PAST FINALIST VIDEOS

Each year, Gensler reviews submissions and invites a select group of finalists to submit a video to creatively introduce themselves to the jury and present their work. Meet some of our recent winners in the videos below.


SELECT GENSLER SCHOLARSHIP ALUMNI

QUINTON MASON
2022 Winner | University of Virginia
“I’m drawn to Gensler specifically because the firm demonstrates the prioritization of global collaboration. The cultural exposure that working alongside Gensler offers is something that particularly excites me, as each endeavor brings with it unique worldwide connections and personal experiences.”

JULIANA SCHWARTZ
2022 Winner | Kansas State University
“As an emerging designer, I am encouraged and energized by the possibility of research to improve the field of design and hope to integrate research into my future career. I feel honored that I am entering the field at a time where the future of design has the opportunity to solve the issues facing our world. ”

UTHMAN OLOWA
2022 Winner | Rhode Island School of Design
“It is common for people to shortchange themselves by not applying for opportunities out of fear that they are not qualified or talented enough. Winning this scholarship has given me even more confidence to always believe in myself and take a chance on opportunities that will push me further in life.”

KRYSTOL AUSTIN
2021 Winner | Syracuse University
“I strongly believe that I am an amalgamation of my experiences; the opportunity to represent my country, my school, my alma mater, my race, my gender, my culture, and socio-economic background is an amazing feeling. Winning this award shows that one can achieve their goals despite the inherent barriers in this industry!”

KAIWEN WEI
2021 Winner | New York School of Interior Design
“Winning the Brinkmann Scholarship is a tremendous honor to me. I feel so encouraged to see my work being acknowledged by the professionals at Gensler. It has brought me great confidence about my design and design point of view.”

ROTIMI OSIBERU
2021 Winner | North Carolina State University
“Winning this scholarship has been a great source of honor and encouragement to me. It validates my decision to pursue my passion for effecting change in the built environment via the design of spaces. The scholarship creates an opportunity for me to gain experience that will be vital in my development as a designer.”

CIELO CORTES
2020 Winner | New York School of Interior Design
“I feel especially honored that the jury chose my submission, but most of all I am grateful to have a firm like Gensler see value in the work that I’ve done.”



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