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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.


Abriannah Aiken

Fall 2019 Recipient

4th Year Bachelor of Architecture Student at USC

Abriannah’s Testimonial: Winning the Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship is going to make a huge difference in my life and more specifically in my education. It is an honor to be recognized by the AIA-Pasadena Foothills Chapter, especially with an award commemorating their first female chapter president. Receiving this scholarship will ensure that I can follow in Jean Roth Driskel's footsteps to be an empowered female architect and impact the field of architecture in a significant way! Winning this scholarship lessens the burden that paying for college has on me; currently, I am paying for college primarily on my own and have two jobs on campus apart from my full course load. This award will help me with the expenses of college and more specifically in my architectural studio! Similarly, it will also allow me the ability to work towards funding the rest of my ARE exams so I can become licensed! Receiving this scholarship broadens my horizons and allows me the ability to thrive as a student and a future architect and I am so honored to be given this opportunity to do so!


Emilio Bustos Jr.

Spring 2019 Recipient

Graduate of East Los Angeles College 2019

Now attending Sci-Arc, Bachelor of Architecture

Emilio Bustos Jr.’s Testimonial: I am truly honored to have been selected as the winner of the 2019 Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship. It has been a privilege to partake in this amazing competition and I am very grateful for the immense help the scholarship has had toward my academic studies. As architecture students we all know the constant expenses that come with pursuing an architectural education and scholarships like the AIA/JRD can be an immense help for those in need like myself. In the future I hope to partake in this event but in the role of the donor as to someday help those in my position. Once again thank you for assisting with my exploration of architecture and design through this wonderful scholarship.


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