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Consider: “Education… plays an out-sized role in people’s lives. It can vastly outweigh the effects of family and local      community on people’s beliefs, values, tastes, and life paths. For the individual student, the investment in time and money,   not to mention stress, can be enormous.” The New Yorker, September 30, 2019

The Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship

Established in 1971 to honor Jean Roth Driskel, our first woman AIA Pasadena-Foothill Chapter President and the third woman to be elected to the College of Fellows. The scholarships are awarded annually to four architectural students: two Community College students and two University students, in recognition of their dedication, enthusiasm, and ability in the field of architecture. In recent years, National AIA has contributed an additional grant to each of the recipients. Since 1990 the fund has been a component fund of the California Community Foundation (CCF), an established 501(c)(3) organization. Our program is ably administered by the Chapter Scholarship Committee. Since 2001, they have interviewed over 300 students and awarded over 40 scholarships. This program has contributed to AIA Pasadena-Foothill’s exceptional reputation for supporting emerging professionals, honored by AIA California.

Students can learn more about this scholarship and other opportunities by visiting the Student Resources page.


Options for giving include a single donation, sustained support, gifts of stock and legacy giving. Your generosity supports future generations of architects. Donors will be recognized on the Chapter website and at major Chapter events.

Donate using the link above or send a check made payable to: California Community Foundation, noting in the memo "Jean Roth Driskel Fund." Mail check to:

California Community Foundation, 717 West Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship Fund is a component fund of the California Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Review our 2023 Annual Report by clicking here.

The Need is CRITICAL 

  1. Rising Tuition Costs
    • In the period from 1971 to 2016 (45 years), the cost (per year for tuition, fees, room and board) of U.S. private, non-profit 4-year colleges grew at a rate of 2.6 times inflation; similarly, public 4-year colleges grew at a rate of 2.4 times the rate of inflation. Source:
    • 1991 to 2019 - Annual tuition was 4.2% of annual median household income in 1991; and 18.2% in 2019. As a part of annual median income, it’s risen 4.33 times! Today it is impossible to earn your way through college. Financial support is essential from families, scholarships, and grants, and/or loans.
  2. We are witnessing a substantial shortage of architects due to “Baby Boomer” retirements, the cost of architecture school, and the lengthy process to licensure.
    • Enrollment for first-year architecture students has declined by nearly 20% over the past five years (source: NAAB).
    • The average age to licensure is 33. Only about six in 10 students who graduate from NAAB accredited schools eventually get their license.
    • 25,000 additional licensed architects will be needed in the next decade.


JRD Annual Report:

Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship Fund Donors


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