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AIA Establishes Scholarship Fund to Help Cover Cost of Registration Exam

To award individuals with scholarships that will cover the $981 cost of taking the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), the National Associates Committee of The American Institute of Architects has established the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship is named in honor of Jason Pettigrew, Assoc. AIA, of Colorado who was a member of the initial National Associates Committee in 2001. Pettigrew died last July at age 29 in a mountain climbing accident in Colorado’s Sangre de Christo mountain range. An experienced climber, he had climbed 49 of Colorado’s “54 Fourteeners,” the peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation.


A New Orleans native, Pettigrew was working for Denver’s SlaterPaull Architects and was in the process of taking the ARE at the time of his death. Jason had also served as the representative to the NCARB IDP Coordinating Committee and contributed significantly to the development of the AIA’s Emerging Professional’s Companion.

Contributions are now being accepted to build the initial endowment for the scholarship fund. The AIA’s goal is to provide at least one scholarship annually once the endowment is built. Visit or contact the AIA’s Emerging Professionals Director Suzanna Wight, AIA, at for more information or to contribute.

John E. Czarnecki, Assoc. AIA