Columbia GSAPP is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the IDC Foundation to establish the Hilyard Robinson Scholars Program offering full tuition scholarships for Intro to Architecture/Intro to Urban Planning summer program students. Named in honor of the School’s first African American graduate and former chair of the architecture department at Howard University, Hilyard Robinson scholarships are specifically aimed at undergraduate students currently enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and are intended to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in the field of architecture and related fields and to introduce the possibility of career paths to underrepresented individuals. Many Intro to Architecture students later pursue graduate degrees at GSAPP, and the Hilyard Robinson Scholars Fund will support the recruitment of historically underrepresented groups to the School and the disciplines of the built environment at large.
Beginning with the Summer 2021 session, the Robinson Scholars Program will provide scholarship and non-tuition financial aid support for up to ten students who complete an application through the admissions portal. Robinson Scholars will also have the opportunity to hold an hourly paid position in the GSAPP Housing Lab, which will include a case study with West Harlem Group Assistance. The Summer 2021 session is offered online and all participation will be virtual.