SOM Foundation Announces New Robert L. Wesley Award for BIPOC Students

SOM Foundation Announces New Robert L. Wesley Award


The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Robert L. Wesley Award. The new award will support BIPOC undergraduate students enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or structural engineering programs across the US. The $10,000 award is an unrestricted scholarship that aims to support the academic development of the student. In addition to the economic support, recipients of the award will be paired with one of the jurors who will act as their mentor for the year. The award honors Robert L. Wesley, the first black partner at SOM. For more information about the award, visit the award page.


Application Deadline
Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:59pm CST


Application Requirements

– One- to two-page personal statement describing the applicant’s path in their chosen program, ambitions, challenges, and why they should receive the Robert L. Wesley Award.
– Letter of support by one faculty member or department chair familiar with the applicant’s work.
– Digital portfolio or visual samples (less than 10 MB) are encouraged but not required.
– Two- to three-minute video statement in addition to the written statement is encouraged but not required.

Finalists for the Robert L. Wesley Award will be interviewed by representatives of the SOM Foundation and external jurors.



To express your interest in applying and for guidance on preparing your application, please reach out to Karen Seong at