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The Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship

"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, 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.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund!

The Need is CRITICAL

  1.  Our fund has dwindled to just over $50,000.  To protect the principle, we are limiting to drawing just 5-6% each year   ($2,500-$3,000), without considering inflation.  Split between two recipients, that's just $1,250-$1,500 each.
  2. In recent decades the cost of college has soared - 4 times to as much as 10 times what we may had paid.  With cost, student debt has reached alarming levels.
  3. 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 has declined by nearly 20% over the past five years (source:  NAAB).
  • 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

Consider:  "Education ... plays an out-sized role in people's lives.  It can a vastly outweigh the effects of family and local community on people's beliefs, values, tastes, and life paths.  For the individual student, The New Yorker, September 30, 2019, page 75.


Benefactor - $20,000 or more

     Lance Bird, FAIA and Jane Bird

     Douglas Ewing, FAIA and Maggie Ewing


Legacy - 1,000 -$19,000

     Ken Long, AIA

     Tom Zartl, AIA

     Ara Zenobians, AIA

Platinum - $500 - $999

     Armando Gonzalez, FAIA

     Carol Lanham, AIA

Gold - $100- $499

     Michelle Acosta, AIA                                              Vijay Sehgal, AIA

     Michael Burch, FAIA and Diane Wilk, AIA           Winston Thorne, AIA

     Andrea Cabalo, AIA                                                Veronica West, AIA

     Mark Gangi, FAIA                                                    Jay Zapata, AIA

     Tony Hambarchian, AIA

     Steve Lewis, FAIA

     Varoujan Movsesian, AIA

Silver - $20-$99

     Fariba Shantiyai, AIA

     Bowen Wu, AIA


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

The Jean Roth Driskal 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.

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