BWBR sponsors two scholarships designed to support equity in the built environment. Each scholarship is awarded based on an application package that includes a sample design project and a written statement on equity.
Scholarship for Gender Equity in Design
The Scholarship for Gender Equity in Design is awarded to a student studying architecture, interior design, or graphic design. The scholarship is inspired by Dorothy Brink Ingemann, collaborator and wife of William Ingemann, who was the founder of the architectural office that years later became BWBR. Dorothy was one of the earliest women to graduate with an architecture degree from the University of Minnesota, in 1925, and began working with Ingemann in 1927. She is responsible for many of the firm’s early designs and renderings. In honor of the path Dorothy Brink Ingemann followed into the profession, BWBR offers this scholarship to support women, gender non-conforming, and trans students pursuing a professional design degree.
Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion in Design
The Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion in Design is inspired by a founder of BWBR who championed equity in his architectural practice and his community. In 1985, Milt Bergstedt was awarded AIA’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Award for significant contributions to social responsibility. Milt’s long career of public service was dedicated to addressing discrimination in civic, government, and cultural institutions. Students who identify with communities including, but not limited to, Black/African American, Latine/Hispanic, Alaska Native or American Indian, Asian, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, are eligible and encouraged to apply.