The R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA Scholarship

R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA was in the innagural ELA class of 2009. Corey has served at local and state AIA components and now is the AIA Senior Vice President, Knowledge & Practice. Corey is a strong believer in increasing diversity in the profession and offering opportunities for all to gain knowledge and advancement in their careers.

In 2022, AIA Virginia established a scholarship in Corey’s name to honor his dedication to emerging professionals and provide financial assistance to those interested in participating in the ELA program.
The R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA ELA Scholarship is available to any ELA applicant with financial need, either to cover tuition or travel expenses for their class year.

The inaugural scholarship is awarded to 2024 class member Philip Baxter, Associate AIA, an Associate Architect at DNA-Workshop Dyke Nelson Architecture in Richmond. In his application for the scholarship, Baxter commented “I learned about ELA through the Architecture Exchange where I developed a strong network of mentors and insight, who inspired me with their stories of how much the ELA program really changed their lives and accelerated their careers. I was inspired by the challenge, and in life, anything worth doing is going to be difficult, but the reward is exceptional.”

Congratulations, Philip!

Donations to the R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA Scholarship can be made through the new AIA Virginia Foundation in the coming months. To make your donation, contact