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PVAF scholarship recipients judge the napkin sketching contest at the chapter’s 2013 Awards Celebration. Photo by Lloyd N. Unsell, Jr.

The following students received scholarships from the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation in 2013:

  • 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.

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 2013 Golf Outing raised more than $4,500 for 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. The donation button below allows you to contribute specifically to our scholarship funds.

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