BRPH is proud to announce the first six recipients of our Future Achievers Scholarship program. Out of 19 applicants, six sophomore and junior college students majoring in architecture and engineering with a 3.0 GPA or higher received a $1,000 scholarship.

BRPH created the scholarship program as a commitment to supporting college students dedicated to advancing their education. The program also helps identify the next generation of talented architects and engineers who will shape the future of our nation and even our world.

“We created our scholarship program to encourage and support well-deserving students from historically black colleges and universities,” says BRPH Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Principal, Janie McDermott. “And hopefully, they will also be future BRPH team members.”

Students from Florida A&M University, Kennesaw State University and Tuskegee University submitted essays describing how they would implement BRPH’s core values of dignity and respect into their workplace and community. Each scholarship winner’s essay expressed optimism and thoughtfulness, and we want to share some of their insights.


Jashalynn Maddox is a senior studying mechanical engineering at Kennesaw State University. As she prepares to enter the workforce, she recognizes that “dignity and respect are essential and go hand in hand in the workplace. You cannot have dignity without respect.”

Jashalynn Maddox is a senior studying mechanical engineering at Kennesaw State University. As she prepares to enter the workforce, she recognizes that “dignity and respect are essential and go hand in hand in the workplace. You cannot have dignity without respect.”


Justyn Grant explains how “having the characteristics of dignity and respect are essential traits that assist me in developing healthy relationships with my co-workers, which fosters an efficient working environment and a peaceful community.” Justyn is a sophomore majoring in architecture at Florida A&M University.


Lawrence Thompson is a junior majoring in architecture at Tuskegee University. “Respect and dignity should always be shown regardless of a person’s status,” explains Lawrence. “I was always taught to treat the janitor with the same respect and dignity as you treat the CEO of a company.”


Shakhnozabonu Nazirova is a junior studying architecture at Florida A&M University. She came to the United States just 10 years ago and says when it comes to dignity and respect “everyone needs to be treated at the same level”  and “you have to show that you respect other’s opinions and care about their dignity.”


Sydney Jones says, “at work or volunteering in my community, the easiest and most efficient way to implement dignity is to acknowledge achievements, listen, give praise and celebrate individuals.” Sydney is a sophomore at Tuskegee University majoring in mechanical engineering.


Tamren Smith is majoring in electrical engineering and is a junior at Florida A&M University. He explains how “dignity and respect are essential traits that assist me to develop healthy relationships with my co-workers, which fosters an efficient working environment.”

About BRPH BRPH is an international architecture, engineering, interior design, construction services and mission solutions firm with clients in Aerospace, Defense, Manufacturing, Entertainment, Hospitality, Commercial and Education markets. More than simply designers, we solve unique challenges requiring Creative Ideas, Precisely Delivered. Founded in 1964 to support America’s space program, BRPH consistently ranks among the nation’s top professional services firms and has designed a wide range of projects across the United States and throughout the world. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, BRPH operates regional offices in Orlando, South Florida, Atlanta, Charleston, Huntsville, Seattle and Dallas/Fort Worth.


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