The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship

The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship was established with the architecture firm Payette to support a woman studying architecture within a NAAB-accredited bachelor or master’s degree program. 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. 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.


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

Application process

Applications for the 2020-2021 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship will open in fall of 2019. Please sign up to receive notifications about the application opening.

The 2019-2020 Architects Foundation Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship Selection Committee:

  • Ruth Todd, FAIA, Page & Turnbull
  • Mollica Manandhar, AIA, Payette
  • Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA, Shalom Baranes Associates
  • Karen Williams, AIA, PIVOT Architecture

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We’d like to extend a special thank you to our scholarship sponsor!