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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
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
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.

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: ProCon.org.
    • 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.

Driskel Scholars

Khan Muhammed, Woodbury 2021, FallGraham Jordan, SCI-Arc 2016, Fall
Alexandro Castro, MSAC 2021, SpringMichael Gonzalez, MSAC 2016, Spring
Taron Sargsyan, PCC 2020 Spring  Noel Vazquez, Ca Poly 2015, Fall
Khan Muhammed, Woodbury 2020, FallMatthew Rivera, I ELAC 2015, Spring
Abriannah Aiken, USC 2019, FallIngrid Stella Lao, UCLA 2014, Fall
Emilio Bustos, Jr., ELAC 2019, SpringJose Torres, ELAC 2014, Spring
Zoe Malecki, SCI-Arc 2018, Fall 
Joshua Amaya, ELAC 2018, Spring 
Roxanna Bailey, USC 2017, Fall 
Jesus Montes, ELAC 2017, Spring 

JRD Quarterly Reports Archive:

Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship Fund Donors

AIA Pasadena - Foothill
Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship Fund Donors
Through 7/11/22

Benefactor - $20,000 and more

Lance Bird, FAIA and Jane Bird 
Scott Gaudineer, AIA and Leslie Gaudineer

Douglas Ewing, FAIA and Margaret Ewing The Panda Charitable Family Foundation

2022 Donors:
Patron - $10,000 - $19,999 
  Daniel Fong
  Dr. Therese Lu
Corporate Partner -
5,000 or greater

CW Driver

 Pfeiffer, a Perkins Eastman Studio IMO EB Brandeen

Legacy - $1,000 - $4,999

Lance Bird, FAIA IMO EB Brandeen Gail Kiralla 

Scott Gaudineer, AIA IMO EB Brandeen John Tegtmeyer, AIA IMO EB Brandeen

Ray Girvigian, FAIA Mary Tuncer IMO EB brandeen 
  Eddie Wang  Homer Yen
  Ara Zenobians, AIA Armando Gonzalez, FAIA
  Gouvis Engineering Douglas Joyce, AIA
  Tyler + Kelly Architecture 
Platinum - $500 - $999

Bruce A. Bailey, AIA, Judy Bailey  Jeffrey D. Brandeen, IMO EB Brandeen
  Tipping Development Viyay Seghal, 
  Kevin O'Brien, AIA 
Gold - $100 - $499

Anonymous (1) IMO EB Brandeen  George Hernandez IMO EB Brandeen

Kelly Beilfuss IMO EB Brandeen Dennis Hill 

Jim and Suzann Bird IMO EB Brandeen Maria Kootsikas IMO EB Brandeen
 Katherine Diamond, FAIA IMO EB Brandeen 
Tavy Lohrey IMO EB Brandeen
 Claudia, Will Ferguson IMO EB Brandeen
Bin Hong Rieger IMO EB Brandeen 
 Mark and Phyllis Forman IMO EB Brandeen  Judy and Dick Rubin IMO EB Brandeen

Mary Gant IMO EB Brandeen  Machiko and Laura Iwamoto IMO EB Brandeen
  Kennethy R. Long, AIA IMO EB BrandeenPeter R. Palermo IMO EB Brandeen
 Nazanin Zarkesh, AIA IMO EB Brandeen  Joseph W. Catalano, AIA
  Richard Fricke  Varoujan Movsesian, AIA
  Don Murphy, AIA Gregory Norden, AIA
  Stacy Pray, AIA Steven Lewis, FAIA
  Alek Zarifian, FAIA Michelle Acosta, AIA
Silver - $20 - $99

Steve Brandeen IMO EB Brandeen Mae Ann Shepherd IMO EB Brandeen 

Sherry L Lawson IMO EB Brandeen  Michelle Ferial Asadies IMO EB Brandeen
 Mike and Ellen Seaver IMO EB Brandeen  

 2021 Donors:
Corporate Partner - $3,000 or greater

Cornerstone Specialty  P2S Engineers

LCRA Architects John Tegtmeyer, AIA

GGA Architects Toyota of Pasadena 

Mary Hsu
Legacy Members - $1,000 - $19,999

Anonymous  Gabriel Lefebvre

B&J HBK, Inc. Kenneth R. Long, AIA

Curtis Booth Mark Malaby, AIA

Brian Buckingham Ken McKently

Adeline Chang, AIA John Meisenhelder, AIA

Thomas Clark, AIA Kevin O'Brien, AIA

East LA College, Michael Hamner, FAIA Kunal Shah, PBS Engineers

Armando Gonzalez, FAIA Tom Zartl, AIA

Gouvis Engineering Consulting  Ara Zenobians, AIA

Tracy A. Jeandron, AIA Ari Zieger
Platinum - $500 - $999

Bruce A. Bailey, AIA Jason Rezell - Linwood Engineering

Building Worx, Inc Vijay Sehgal, FAIA

Abe Chorbajian, AIA James Spencer, FAIA

Gangi Builders Pamela Hillings Tegtmeyer

KTGY Rob Tyler, AIA

Hiro Kuroki Mary Urquhart

David Law, AIA Lee-Chung Wang, AIA

Joe O'Hara, AIA Robert Wang, AIA*

Anthony O'Keefe, AIA Wheeler & Gray

Orco Block & Hardscape Thomas Zartl, AIA
Gold - $100 - $499

Rachel Adams, AIA Don Morton - June Lake Accomodations

Anonymous Varoujan Movsesian, AIA

Jane Becronis, AIA Heidrun Mumper-Drumm

James Betancourt, Assoc AIA Don Murphy, AIA

James Bruni - California Design Offices  Babak Nassirpour, AIA

Charles Bryant, AIA Mason Ng, AIA

John Byram, AIA The Nora Family 

Joe Catalano, AIA Gregory Norden, AIA

Brooks Cavin, AIA Don Ou, AIA

The Carroll Family Trust, IMO Hans Mumper Richard Panos, AIA

Philip Chan, AIA  Martin Perry

CMC Architects & Engineers Stacy Pray, AIA

Brian Cravens, AIA Steve Pribyl, Architect 

Ralph H. Flewelling, AIA Merritt Raff, AIA

Lindsey Goodman, AIA Victor and Dora Smith, Assoc AIA 

John Goulding, AIA Daniel Stein, AIA

Douglas Joyce, AIA Nathan Swift, AIA

Leonard Kersey, AIA Winston Thorne, AIA

Laura Lehman, AIA Noel Toro, AIA

Steven Lewis, FAIA Veronica West, AIA

Yael Lir Herbert Zuidema, AIA

Simran Malhotra, Assoc AIA
Silver - $20 - $99

Anonymous Peter Schubin, AIA

Gary McKee, Assoc AIA
* Driskel Scholar 

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