SCI-Arc Announces Fung and Hodgetts Scholarship for Underrepresented Groups
This week, SCI-Arc announced the establishment of its Hsinming Fung and Craig Hodgetts Scholarship, the school’s first endowed scholarship awarded annually to students from groups underrepresented in the field of architecture, specifically those that are Black/African American, Latin American/Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, first- or second-generation immigrant, DACA, LGBTQIA+, and individuals with disabilities, to fund their education at SCI-Arc. In concert with the SCI-Arc’s increased efforts to promote equity and inclusion in the discipline, the school additionally announced the establishment of a non-endowed Equity and Inclusion Scholarship Fund in late 2020. The Fung and Hodgetts Scholarship will be available for students starting fall 2021.
Fung, AIA and Hodgetts, AIA are founding principals of architecture firm Hodgetts + Fung, who since 1984 have served as a studio with expertise in the design of unique places for learning, cultural events, and civic functions. Fung, also faculty at SCI-Arc for 30+ years, along with Hodgetts created the Hsinming Fung and Craig Hodgetts Thesis Award for best postgraduate Thesis project at SCI-Arc.
Of their mission in creating the new scholarship, Fung explained, “It is an uncomfortable fact that the participation of underrepresented groups in the profession of architecture has been deficient. We are hopeful that this scholarship would help to change that trend.”
"All of us at SCI-Arc are grateful to Ming Fung and Craig Hodgetts for their generosity and longstanding commitment to our students,” commented SCI-Arc Director and CEO Hernán Díaz Alonso. “Resources like the Fung and Hodgetts Scholarship help SCI-Arc strive harder to attract and support young people from underrepresented groups to pursue an education in architecture and design."
SCI-Arc is actively pursuing establishing similar endowed funds—interested parties can contact SCI-Arc Chief Advancement Officer Kate O’Neal for more information.