In recognition of Paul Welch Jr.’s distinguished and lengthy career of service to architects and the architectural profession, this scholarship program was created to celebrate Paul’s experiences with the California Architects Board (CAB) as well as with the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) and his unwavering belief in the power of the architectural license. The scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of California interns at early stages in their careers and encourages them to complete the licensure process by covering all associated costs. The scholarship program is modeled after the AIA/NAC Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship.
A committee of distinguished professionals representing the AIACC, the AIACC Academy of Emerging Professionals (AEP), the California Architectural Foundation (CAF), the California Fellows, the California Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the Welch family serve as the jury. They will select a minimum of two recipients annually based on their satisfaction of the criteria described below:
- An applicant must be a California resident at the time of application and must be an Associate AIA member in good standing.
- An applicant must be an NCARB and CAB record holder in good standing.
- Applicants may have passed one or more divisions of the ARE but can not have passed all divisions.
- AEP Council of Advisor members are eligible.
- Applicants must successfully complete an application including an essay addressing the role of the architect in making buildings sustainable.
Scholarship recipients will receive:
- A full complement of Kaplan ARE Study Guides (courtesy of Kaplan AEC Education)
- Reimbursement of the cost of passing each division of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) ($1470) and the CA Supplemental Exam ($100). Proof of passing must be submitted along with a request for reimbursement. Funds can be applied to previously passed divisions.
- Reimbursement of NCARB ($350) and CAB ($100) fees to establish records
Recipients are encouraged to complete all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) within five years of receiving the award and in compliance with any rolling clock requirements. Scholarship funds are subject to local, state, and federal tax.
April 15, 2016 – 2016 Call for Entries/Application period begins
September 16, 2016 – Applications due
Week of September 26 – Jury convenes
October 3 – Recipients announced