Harvey Myers Scholarship award holds special meaning to DIGroup Architecture founder

Young professionals within the architecture, construction and engineering fields can get a little assistance through a newly created ACE Mentor Program New Jersey scholarship. An inaugural $5,000 award was recently presented to Allison Herrera of ACE Hightstown in memory of E. Harvey Myers — a self-taught architect who established his own practice in Princeton in 1969.

Myers’ son, Vincent Myers, co-founder, principal and president of DIGroup Architecture in New Brunswick, presented the first scholarship award recently.

“My father instilled in me, our colleagues at DIG and friends at ACE a strongly held belief that the more times young people experience visibility, leadership and representation, the greater the likelihood they will consider a career in an ACE and/or STEM field,” Myers said. “Not only do we have the power to change the trajectory of underrepresentation in each of these respective fields, we also have the ability to shape the next generation of untapped creativity among promising and talented young people like Allison.”

Established to honor the elder Myers’ legacy as a scholar, entrepreneur and one of the first African American licensed architects in the state of New Jersey, the E. Harvey Myers Scholarship encourages diversity within the ACE professions. It also is backed by the support network of ACE Mentor Program New Jersey and the talented professionals at DIG, an award-winning architectural, interiors and environmental graphic-design firm certified as a minority-owned, disadvantaged and small business enterprise firm.

Tremendous pride in continuing his family legacy fed Myers’ own mission to serve others. It also fuels DIG’s expansion and a commitment to make life better for entire communities through the power of architecture, design and space.

“Just as my father had been, all of us at DIG are committed to creating opportunities and lifting up underserved neighborhoods in the spirit of our axiom of ‘Architecture for Change’ — through the use of our own talents and those of DIG’s multidisciplinary architecture, interior and graphic design teams,” Myers said. “We are not only connected to our assignments; we are tied to the world at large and committed to supporting and advancing the next generation.”