Sho-Ping Chin Women’s Leadership Summit Grant

In honor of Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA, we are thrilled to offer a grant opportunity for recipients to attend the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit. Sho-Ping was a principal at Payette and in 2009 the founding leader of the inaugural AIA Women’s Leadership Summit.  Tragically Sho-Ping succumbed to cancer in 2015, but her legacy of women’s leadership continues. The memorial fund established in her name is focused on funding the development of future women leaders in architecture. Read more about the 2022 awardees here.

Recipients of the grant will receive:

  • Registration for the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit held on October 8-10, 2024 in Chicago, IL
  • Travel and expense reimbursement up to $700

Preference will be given to those:

  • On the path to licensure
  • Emerging professionals: non licensed individuals under 10 years of experience and out of work
  • Recent graduates
  • The sole proprietor or work for a small firm
    • The basic breaks are:
      small (<10 employees)
      mid-size (10-49 employees)
      large (50+ employees)
Application process

Applications are now open here!

Applicants will need to submit:

  • A statement of intent (500 words max)
  • A statement of support from a colleague

View our frequently asked questions > 

2024 Selection Committee:

The 2024 selection committee will be released. Please address letters of recommendation to “2024 Sho-Ping Chin WLS Grant Selection Committee.”

Application period:  April 19 – July 12
Review period:  TBD
Grant recipient selection meeting:  TBD
Grant recipients notified: TBD

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