BMMThe Betty and Mort Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in loving memory of two soulmates, who touched the lives of countless people with their kindness, generosity, wisdom and humor.

Betty and Mort’s love story began in Washington, DC. They were together for 66 years.

Mort was the first member of the National Institute of Building Sciences, which was established in 1974. Mort served as a past Chair of the Board and was an active member on many councils and committees. His dedication to NIBS helped it flourish and grow.

Tragically, cancer was no stranger to the Marshalls. Mort battled 4 bouts cancer between 2005 and 2017. And on April 26, 2018, Betty lost her courageous fight with breast cancer.

No matter what life threw at them, Betty and Mort always remained positive and reflected on the good life they shared. Two days before Betty’s memorial service, on June 13, 2018, Mort suddenly passed away.

In memory of the Marshalls and in celebration of Mort’s distinguished career, a memorial scholarship was established to promote diversity in the building sciences and benefit students pursuing a career in architecture and engineering at a historically Black college or university.

This annual scholarship was made possible because of a generous endowment from the Marshalls, a sponsorship from the National Institute of Building Sciences, and contributions from friends, family and colleagues.


2020 Scholarship Application Details

Applications Due: December 31, 2019
Recipients Notified: February 10, 2020
Number of Scholarships Awarded: Two; One for a student of Architecture, One for a student of Engineering
Scholarship Amount: $5,000 (Architecture) and $5,000 (Engineering)


Application Requirements:

  • Online Application 
  • Essay questions
  • Resume
  • Official transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor or practicing professional Architect or Engineer. The letter needs to be on letterhead, signed and include an official email address.
  • One advanced-level architecture or engineering project with written description. Work done with a single partner may be submitted, but it must include a description of the applicant’s specific contribution.


Selection Process:

Selection of award recipients shall be based on the merits of submitted materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The two scholarship recipients will be recognized at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) annual conference in Arlington, VA in April. It is our goal to have both scholarship recipients attend this event. NIBS will sponsor the scholarship recipients to facilitate attending the conference.


Please note:

Scholarship recipients will be awarded a one-time $5,000 scholarship which may only be used for tuition. All scholarship funds will be sent directly to the recipient’s college account. No money will be given directly to the student.

Family members of the selection committee or scholarship administrators are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

Questions? Please email