2020 Architects Foundation Scholars Selected

Scholarships recognize and support diverse future leaders of the profession in equity, practice management, sustainability, and global practice

WASHINGTON – The Architects Foundation today announced the recipients for five of its scholarship programs that support future leaders of the profession in equity, diversity, global practice, and sustainability.

The Architects Foundation is continuing to support the future of the architecture profession by recognizing and supporting scholars through an ever-expanding scholarship and grant program offering. Programs listed below represent the latest recipients of the Architects Foundation’s scholarship and grant programs.

2020 Diversity Advancement Scholarship
The Architects Foundation is continuing to support diversity in the architecture profession by awarding its Diversity Advancement Scholarship to 6 students entering architecture school.  Each of the students will receive $4,000 per year towards tuition for the next five years totaling $20,000 each. This year’s recipients are:

2020 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship
The Architects Foundation is awarding the 2020 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship to Allexxus Farley-Thomas. Farley-Thomas, a student at Cornell University, will receive a $10,000 scholarship intended to support the education of women in architecture. She will also be mentored by an architect at Payette for the scholarship year. Farley-Thomas is the fifth recipient of the scholarship, which honors late architect Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA, a long-time principal at Payette and a healthcare practice leader who was instrumental in defining and elevating the national discourse for women in design.

2020 a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship
The Architects Foundation is awarding the 2020 a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship to Trey Hammond, University of Oklahoma, and Xinyuan Ma, Carnegie Mellon University. Each will receive $5,000 to be used towards tuition for demonstrating a strong interest in practice and risk management. The scholarship honors David W. Lakamp, who was a founder of a/e ProNet and a trusted advisor to the profession of architecture.

2020 Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship
The Architects Foundation is awarding the 2020 Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship to Michael Paraszczak. Paraszczak, a student at Cornell University, will receive a $5,000 scholarship towards tuition for demonstrating an exemplary work focus at design that includes sustainability, resilience, wellness, and beauty. The scholarship honors practicing architect Yann Weymouth, AIA, who will also mentor Paraszczak.

2020 McAslan Fellowship
The Architects Foundation is awarding the 2020 McAslan Fellowship to Michael Lidwin, University of Tennessee and Melissa Smith, University of Kansas. The scholarship supports research and travel experiences for two top graduating students to engage with UK-based firm McAslan+Partners.

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