Paul W. Welch Jr. ARE ScholarshipIn 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.

Award Details

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.

Paul W. Welch Jr. Hon. AIACC

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • A full complement of Brightwood ARE Study Guides (courtesy of Brightwood)
  • 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.


2017 Scholarship Schedule Coming Soon.