BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Two locally owned professional design firms are
offering scholarships for minority students who attend the
University at Buffalo in the fields of architecture and
Wendel Duchscherer Architects & Engineers, P.C., and Watts
Engineering & Architecture, P.C., cognizant of UB's leadership
in both areas of study and actively involved in the Buffalo Public
Schools' ongoing major reconstruction effort, wanted to create
incentives for area students and thus formed the partnership with
"As a business enterprise, we believe it is incumbent upon us to
be a leader in the hiring of minorities and women," said Edward O.
Watts, president of Watts Engineering and Architecture. "However,
the availability of minority engineers and architects in the
marketplace is very limited and we believe that providing these
scholarships is another way of demonstrating our commitment to
increasing the number of minorities in these professions."
Brian Carter, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning,
thanked the donors who saw a need in both the profession and the
academy and were eager to address it. "We are extremely grateful
for these scholarships that will support ably talented students
while also helping to increase the diversity and focus of
architecture in Buffalo."
Mark H. Karwan, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences, noted that scholarships always add to the talent pool of
the UB student body. "The commitment of two local firms
demonstrates the importance of partnerships between local
organizations and the university."
Wendel Duchscherer is providing a scholarship for the UB School
of Architecture and Planning, while the Watts scholarship is
designed for the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Each school may choose how to award the scholarship, which will
cover full tuition. The scholarships may be awarded to one student
for four years or to a new student each year for four years. If the
award recipient is a freshman or sophomore, he or she will have an
opportunity to apply for a summer internship at the architecture
and engineering firms.
"We believe it is important to create opportunities for minority
students in our own community," said architect Brian P. Brady,
principal of Wendel Duchscherer. "These scholarships are an
important step in making it possible for minorities to have a
quality academic experience, and we want to help students achieve
their dream to be a part of the architecture and engineering
Both companies have a history of supporting minority causes and
are actively involved with Buffalo-Area Engineering Awareness for
Minorities (BEAM). Wendel Duchscherer has received the "Outstanding
Industry Award" from the organization.
The scholarship programs are scheduled to begin in the fall of
2006. The application deadline for both scholarships is Jan. 1.
For further information about the Wendel Duchscherer Minority
Scholarship in Architecture from the School of Architecture and
Planning, contact Mehrdad Hadighi, chair of the architecture
program, at (716) 829-3485 ext. 105, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about the Watts Engineering and
Architecture Undergraduate Scholarship from the School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences, contact John E. Vanbenschoten,
associate dean for undergraduate education, 410e Bonner Hall, North
Campus, at (716) 645-2774 ext. 1130 or by fax: (716) 645-2495.