Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship

The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship is a $10,000 architecture scholarship supporting a woman studying architecture within a NAAB-accredited bachelor or master’s degree program. To help the scholarship recipient establish contacts within the profession, she will be assigned a senior mentor from Payette for the scholarship year.


To be eligible for the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Woman
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • US Citizen
  • Rising 3rd or 4th year undergraduate or graduate student in NAAB-accredited architecture program

Previous Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply in subsequent years.

Application process

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will open in the fall of 2020. Sign up to receive notifications about future application openings.

Applicants must submit:

  • A comprehensive essay that discusses the influence of architecture and architects to improve the human condition and quality of life (1,200 words)
  • A professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A portfolio (5-15 files)

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2020 Selection Committee

Melissa Daniel, Assoc. AIA Staff Architect, WDG Architecture
Denise Dea Associate Principal, Director of Studio Operations, Payette
Shannon Gathings, Assoc. AIA Architectural Associate, Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.
Constance Lai, FAIA Manager of Historic Preservation Services, Grunley Construction Company

About Sho-Ping Chin

This scholarship honors Sho-Ping, FAIA, who was a leader in AIA and a long-time principal and healthcare practice leader at Payette. Sho-Ping was a talented and compassionate architect who was fiercely determined to design healthcare architecture of the highest caliber for those in need. She was also a wonderful mentor, and instilled in her teams a sense of camaraderie and commitment to design. As the founding leader of the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, held biennially, Sho-Ping was instrumental in defining the national discourse for Women in Design.


Thank you to our scholarship sponsor!