These scholarships are made possible through direct contributions from local architects and the AIA Potomac Valley chapter, as well as the AIA Component Matching Grant program. Participation of local architects and the financial sponsorship of construction industry partners in the AIA Potomac Valley/Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation Annual Golf Outing goes directly to the scholarship fund.

Your contributions can help us expand the scholarship program, endowing the memorial scholarships for future years, and potentially reaching more students with scholarships in the future. The Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contributions are well-used and tax-deductible to the extent of the law. You can mail your contributions to Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation, 3907 Metzerott Road, College Park, MD 20740. Or make a contribution right now using the Paypal button below!

2014 Scholarship Recipients

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Hannah Bacon

Hannah Bacon

Hannah Bacon is a fourth year Undergraduate architecture student at the University of Maryland. She is an active member of her local AIAS chapter, serving on the Leadership Board as the Executive Store Manager. Hannah is minoring in Sustainability and is interested in green design, urban planning and landscape architecture. She plans to continue studying architecture at the graduate level next year.



Pedro Camargo deAlb Sanchez

Pedro Camargo deAlb Sanchez

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pedro Camargo de Alb Sanchez moved to Frederick, MD when he was 15 years old. Pedro has had an interest in architecture since high school, and before he was able to attend a four year school, worked in retail and restaurants. Pedro was a part of a competitive cheerleading team for many years, which led him to coaching. It also led him to be a part of the Baltimore Ravens cheer stunt team. Pedro had fun as a singer for a couple of bands for short amounts of time. After selling cars for a year, he was able to attend UMD, where he is currently working to earn his B.S. in Architecture.



Sean Konig

Sean Konig

Growing up, Sean Konig loved writing stories, and became interested in architecture as a tool for improving people’s stories (their lives). He interned with SK+I in Bethesda this past summer, and started his IDP hours there. Sean is a first-year Graduate student at the University of Maryland, where he can often be found over-thinking design projects, or doing impressions for his colleagues.



David Leestma

David Leestma

David Leestma is a graduate of the undergraduate architecture program at the University of Maryland and is a current Graduate student at  Maryland, beginning his thesis year. His thesis explores how the built environment affects individuals with autism, specifically in a learning environment. During his studies David has traveled abroad to the United Kingdom and Scandinavia through study abroad programs, and interned at Torti Gallas and Partners for the last two summers.


2013 Scholarship Recipients

  • The Bernard M. Frishman, AIA Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 went to John J Rivers, a Dual Masters Candidate in Architecture and Real Estate Development. He earned his BSArch from UMD in 2012 and is currently teaching an undergraduate first-year studio while beginning his architectural thesis focusing on therapy centers for veterans struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • The recipient of the Andrew R. Winters, AIA Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 was Gina Fernandes, a second year MArch student who decided to pursue architecture to design academic spaces that support student development. She plans to combine her passion for student affairs and her fascination with campus master planning to become a university architect.
  • Natalya Dikhanov is a senior architecture student who received an undergraduate scholarship of $1,000. She sees cities as collages, such as Berlin’s new structures springing out of war rubble next to classical buildings. She is developing broad skills for our diverse profession: adaptive reuse, sustainability, urban farming, fine arts, curating, and fluent Russian and German.
  • Michael Montoya, also the recipient of an undergraduate scholarship of $1,000, was born in Chicago to Colombian parents and is the first generation to attend college. He enlisted in the Marines and after ten years of active duty, transferred to the Reserve and the University of Maryland.  He is now living his dream of studying architecture and enjoying every second.


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