The Mel Ferris Scholarship Program

Melton A. Ferris, Hon. AIA

The Foundation has a history of advocating for architectural education in California through its support of programs such as the Mel Ferris Scholarship. The program is named for Melton A. Ferris, Hon. AIA, who served as Executive Vice President of the AIA California Council from 1953 until his retirement in 1978. The scholarship program was established in 1990 and is funded by contributions from California architects, their firms, and their friends in order to recognize Ferris’ contributions to the profession of architecture and to California architects. The scholarships are awarded to qualified architecture students studying at one of California’s ten accredited architectural programs based upon academic and design achievements.

Congratulations to the 2013 Mel Ferris Scholarship Recipients:

CCA
Michael Barker
Blake Hudelson

Woodbury University – Statewide Winner
Michael Sotona

Cal Poly SLO
Jack Hotho

Cal Poly Pomona – Honorable Mention in Statewide Competition
Leina Naversen

UC Berkeley
Charles Lyons Irby Jr.

UCLA

Jacob Bloom
Angel Louis Gonzalez
Derek Woods
Max Irish
Ciro Dimson

SCI-Arc
Eduardo Bellosta
Ryan McGriff

I was a Mel Ferris Award Winner in 1994. The recognition of my hard work in the Masters Program at SCI-Arc by the CAF drove me to endeavor and achieve more than I could have ever imagined in the world of architecture. I currently have my own office in Los Angeles, am an AIA Assoc, and have built over 40 projects. I proudly display the Award in my office (though I have won others since) as a token to what dedication, critical investigation and hard work can achieve in architecture school.
I proudly donate.
Best regards,
Tima Bell
Founder of Tima Winter Inc. 

Through the Mel Ferris Scholarship, CAF has supported over 120 outstanding university students in California with over $211,000 in financial assistance offsetting the costs of their architectural education. In 2013, the program has been modified to place greater emphasis on sustainable design. Students are required to submit clearly articulated descriptions of energy conserving measures and design objectives.