New Haven, CT – Hoffmann Architects + Engineers announced it contributed $25,000 to fund the Hoffmann Diversity Advancement Scholarship, administered through the Connecticut Architecture Foundation (CAF). The fund provides scholarships for students from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups who are seeking degrees in architecture or engineering.
The scholarship is open to applicants who are students entering or enrolled full-time in an NAAB- accredited architecture program or ABET-accredited civil or structural engineering program, and residents/full-time college or university students located in southern New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island) or the eastern Mid-Atlantic (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland) regions that form the core of Hoffmann’s practice. Eligible applicants represent a minority racial or ethnic group, as defined by the State of New York.
Unique among CAF awards, the Hoffmann Diversity Advancement Scholarship offers recipients the opportunity for a paid internship in one of the firm’s offices. As a practice specializing in a niche field of the architecture and engineering profession, the design and rehabilitation of the building enclosure, Hoffmann can provide students with practical experience in diagnosis and detailing of exterior envelope systems that they likely would not be exposed to in their architecture or engineering studies.
“I am excited about the opportunities this scholarship will offer, not only to promising students, but also to the design professions,” said Alison Hoffmann, communications manager at Hoffmann and chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “With architecture and engineering programs still enrolling a predominantly white student body, there is little room for the kind of innovations that come from bringing together diverse perspectives. This scholarship aims to take steps toward addressing that imbalance.”
The deadline to apply is April 28.
Hoffmann Architects + Engineers was founded by John J. Hoffmann, FAIA, who came to the United States in the 1950s as a Hungarian refugee. “As someone who started off by working full-time and going to night school, I know what it’s like to struggle to build a career,” said John Hoffmann. Hoffmann and his wife, Susan, contributed personally to help establish the scholarship fund. “I can’t pay back the people who helped me get to where I am, but I can pay it forward. I hope this scholarship gives promising students a leg up in meeting their goals.”
Contributions to the Hoffmann Diversity Advancement Scholarship Fund may be made through the CAF: https://cafct.org/hoffmann-diversity-advancement-scholarship/
Application forms and details on eligibility and submission requirements are available through CAF: https://cafct.org/2023-hoffmann-diversity-advancement-scholarship/