The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the architects’ professional indemnity insurance mutual, The Wren Insurance Association Limited (the Wren), today announced the creation of a new scholarship fund made possible by a £125,000 commitment from the Wren. The newly created RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships will be awarded annually for an initial period of five years to Part 2 students enrolled in RIBA-validated schools of architecture in the UK.
The fund will provide a number of annual scholarships each year, to a total value of £25,000, to support talented students during the final year of their RIBA Part 2. The first scholarships will be awarded at the start of the 2013/14 academic session and will comprise five awards, each of £5,000. Applicants can find more information about how to apply at www.architecture.com/wrenscholarships
RIBA President Angela Brady said:
'We are very grateful to The Wren Insurance Association for their generosity and for partnering with the RIBA to create these scholarships. The RIBA is committed to supporting students and helping them fulfil their ambition to become architects. These scholarships will provide five talented students with the support needed at a crucial stage of their professional education.'
Richard Pullen, Chairman of Wren, said:
'It is a great achievement that the Wren has set up these new scholarships and we are grateful to the RIBA for their support. The Wren is an architects’ professional indemnity insurance mutual that was set up in 1987 by a group of architects in order to provide the broadest sustainable cover to its Members. Fifty-six of the UK’s major architectural practices are currently in Membership. Having enjoyed 25 successful years the Wren has decided to mark its quarter century by making available a scholarship fund to Part 2 students over the next five years at a time when the cost of qualification can be overwhelming and the opportunity of being mentored by some of the world’s leading architectural firms is particularly welcome. Having helped each other over the last 25 years, the Members of the Wren feel it is appropriate to support and encourage the next generation of talented architects who have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of architecture.'