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The Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship Donation Info

“This scholarship will lighten my financial burden and allow me to focus more on my goal of solving social issues through design. When I have established myself more professionally, I hope to give back to the architectural community as you have done for me.”  Roxanna Bailey, Fall 2017, USC

Established in 1971 to honor Jean Roth Driskel, our first woman AIA Pasadena-Foothill Chapter President and the third woman to be elected to the College of Fellows.  The scholarships are awarded annually to two architectural students: one a Community College student and one a University student, in recognition of their dedication, enthusiasm, and ability in the field of architecture. In recent years, National AIA has contributed an additional scholarship to each of the recipients.  Since 1990 the fund has been a component fund of the California Community Foundation (CCF), an established 501(c)(3) organization.  Our program is ably administered by the Chapter Scholarship Committee.  Since 2001, they have interviewed 304 students and awarded 38 scholarships.  This program has contributed to AIA Pasadena-Foothill’s exceptional reputation for supporting emerging professionals, honored three years ago by AIA California Council.     

Click HERE to donate! Donors will be recognized on the Chapter website and at major Chapter events.

You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship Fund is a component fund of the California Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.


The Need is CRITICAL 

  • Our fund had dwindled to just over $50,000, and in the last quarter of 2019, we’ve been able to more than double that amount with the generous support of our donors.  To protect the principle, we are limited to drawing just 5-6% each year ($6,000), without consideration for inflation.  Split between two recipients, that’s just $3,000 each.  With our recent support, we’ll be able to make a meaningful increase in our scholarships.
  • In recent decades the cost of college has soared – 4 times to as much as 10 times what we may have paid.  With cost, student debt has reached alarming levels.
  • We are witnessing a substantial shortage of architects due to “Baby Boomer” retirements, the cost of architecture school, and the lengthy process to licensure.
  • A survey of local schools shows a 5-year B Arch may cost $200,000 to over $350,000.
  • Enrollment for first-year architecture students has declined by nearly 20% over the past five years (source: NAAB).
  • In 23 years, the number of architectural programs has shrunk from 155 to 100. The number of architectural students in that period has shrunk from 35,000 to 24,500 students. 
  • Only about six in 10 students who graduate from NAAB accredited schools eventually get their license.
  • 25,000 additional licensed architects will be needed in the next decade.

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Scholarship program, and to increase our scholarships to $5,000 each, our goal is to increase the fund to $200,000 in 2020.   

Consider: “Education … plays an out-sized role in people’s lives.  It can vastly outweigh the effects of family and local community on people’s beliefs, values, tastes, and life paths.  For the individual student, the investment in time and money, not to mention stress, can be enormous.” 

The New Yorker, September 30, 2019, page 75.


American Institute of Architects - Pasadena and Foothill Chapter

Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship

Donors as of 3/4/20

Benefactor - $20,000 and more             

Lance Bird, FAIA and Jane Bird

Douglas Ewing, FAIA and Margaret Ewing

2020 Donations (as of 3/4/2020):

Legacy - $1,000 - $19,999

Brandow & Johnston 


Flewelling & Moody


Corporate Partner - $2,500 or more

  P2S, Inc.

Platinum - $500 - $999

David J Flood, FAIA

  Veronica West, AIA

Mitchell Sawasy, AIA

 Tom Zartl, AIA
Kenneth R. Long, AIA Ara Zenobians, AIA

Gold - $100 - $499

Rachel Adams, AIA

 Gregory Norden, AIA

Dennis Hill 


Silver - $20 - $99                     

Mason Ng, AIA


Slavko Vukic, AIA

2019 Donors:

Legacy - $1,000 - $19,999       

Tom Clark, AIA

John L, Tegtmeyer, AIA

Dana Driskel

Tom Zartl, AIA

Flewelling & Moody

Ara Zenobians, AIA

Kenneth R. Long, AIA


Platinum - $500 - $999             

Bruce A. Bailey, AIA

Carol Lanham, AIA

Joseph W. Catalano, AIA

Kevin O'Brien, AIA

Harry Drake, AIA

James Spencer, FAIA

Armando Gonzalez, FAIA

Robert Tyler, AIA

Chauncey Jones, AIA


Gold - $100 - $499                    

Michelle Acosta, AIA

Vijay Sehgal, AIA

Jane Becronis, AIA

Victor Smith, Assoc AIA

Charles Bryant, AIA

Daniel Stein, AIA

Michael Burch, FAIA and Diane Wilk, AIA

Winston Thorne, AIA

Andrea Cabalo, AIA

Courtney Tossounian, AIA

Mark Gangi, FAIA

Robert Wang, AIA*

Tony Hambarchian, AIA

Veronica West, AIA

Robert Lawson, AIA

Jay Zapata, AIA

Steve Lewis, FAIA

Alek Zarifian, FAIA

Varoujan Movsesian, AIA

ZT Consulting Inc

Rick Panos, AIA


Silver - $20 - $99                      

Abriannah Aiken*

Fariba Shantiyai, AIA

James Betancourt, Assoc AIA

Bowen Wu, AIA

Christian Gomez, Assoc AIA


* Driskel Scholar 

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