AIA Rochester awards scholarships to nine area students

AIA Rochester awards scholarships to nine area students

Nine area high school and college students were recipients of merit-based scholarships awarded by the Rochester chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Rochester) and The Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester (AFGR).

Colin Thompson, winner of the $2,500 Bergmann Scholarship (provided photo).
Colin Thompson, winner of the $2,500 Bergmann Scholarship (provided photo).

Scholarships totaling $17,000 were awarded thanks to contributions from AIA National, Bergmann, Women in Architecture and the family of Myron Starks.

Colin Thompson, a graduate of Webster Thomas High School and currently a student at Alfred State, received the $2,500 Bergmann Scholarship. He is the 15th recipient of the award.

“Bergmann has a long-standing relationship working with both AIA Rochester and the Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester, and we are proud to offer the Bergmann Scholarship to support the next generation of architects,” Laura Cooney, northeast architectural/interior design discipline lead at the firm, said in a news release.

The Bergmann Scholarship also includes an internship with the firm, but “this was a unique year, where our selected winner, Colin, was already a Bergmann intern,” Cooney said.

Ali Alsadei and Paras Nandu, students at Rochester Institute of Technology, were winners of the $2,500 AIA Rochester scholarships. Ting Li, also an RIT student, received the $1,5000 Women in Architecture scholarship and a $1,000 AIA Rochester scholarship.

Rebecca Gregg of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute received the $1,500 Myron Starks scholarship.

Four 2021 high school graduates also were honored. Fairport’s Mackendra Nobes, who will attend Kent State University, received a $2,500 award from AIA. Jack Ciranni of Canandaigua Academy (heading to Penn State University) and Cecilia Ebersold of Penfield High School (heading to SUNY Buffalo) received $1,000 AIA Rochester scholarships. Hannah Lake of Lyons High School (heading to SUNY Morrisville) received a $500 AIA Rochester scholarship.

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