The Pratt President's Wallace Augustus Rayfield Scholarships are named in honor of one of Pratt's first Black alumni, Wallace Augustus Rayfield, who graduated in 1889 and was only the second formally educated African American architect to practice in the United States. This scholarship includes full tuition, fees, room and board, as well as a stipend for supplies, books, laptop and transportation.
"This scholarship is an amazing honor to receive," Ariana says. "I am extremely grateful to be able to continue Wallace Augustus Rayfield’s legacy and study at his alma mater, Pratt Institute. African-Americans have been historically underrepresented in many fields but especially architecture. This scholarship will allow me to make my mark on the architecture world and increase diversity. With this opportunity I hope I can open doors for others who look like me as well."
Ariana plans to major in architecture and minor in sustainability studies.