The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship:

The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship was established specifically for a woman studying architecture within a NAAB accredited bachelor or master’s degree program. Sho-Ping, a Fellow and leader in the AIA, was a long-time Principal and health-care practice leader at Payette. She was a talented and compassionate architect who was fiercely determined to design healthcare architecture of the highest caliber for those in need. Sho-Ping was a wonderful mentor and instilled in her teams a sense of camaraderie and commitment to design. As a founder of the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, held biennially, Sho-Ping was instrumental in defining the national discourse for Women in Design.

The $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who will be entering at least their third year of undergraduate or any level of graduate study within an accredited architecture program. Previous Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply in subsequent years. To help the scholarship recipient establish contacts within the profession, she will be assigned a senior mentor from Payette for the scholarship year.


The Diversity Advancement Scholarship

The AIA / Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship, originally called the AIA/Ford Foundation Scholarship, was founded in 1969 when the AIA and Ford Foundation each pledged $500,000 to support three different groups of students’ education in the field of architecture. During that time, the scholarship committee found that most schools of architecture were unequipped to train and develop architects and planners to work effectively in the inner city.

The scholarship’s objective was to identify black or minority candidates and involve them in a program that would allow for development in terms of inner city problems. The program sought to give scholarships, not only to those youths in financial need, but to those who otherwise would not have other means to obtain a professional education. Since the Diversity Advancement Scholarship was launched in 1970, it has been awarded to over 2,300 students. Recently, the AIA’s Board of Directors has committed $1 million dollars, to support this effort.

Today, our goal and purpose for this important scholarship program remains the same; we aim to provide assistance to individuals from a minority race or ethnicity who intend to become an architect through the pursuit of a NAAB-accredited professional degree in architecture.

Applications for the Diversity Advancement Scholarship  and the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship have now closed. Please be on the lookout for a new call for applications in December of 2016. Stay tuned! 

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