2019 Student Scholarship Winners Announced

by Andrew Shaffer  on May 20, 2019 | Uncategorized | No comments
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Student scholarships are made possible by generous funding from Liz’s Antique Hardware.

This year the California Preservation Foundation once again offered student scholarships, with generous support from Liz’s Antique Hardware. Two applicants were selected from a pool of exceptional candidates, winning both a scholarship and the opportunity to be matched with a mentor from CPF’s pool of professional members from around California. The scholarship recipients are both moving the field of historic preservation forward, by broadening the scope of the preserved past and making heritage publicly accessible. We are excited to be able to support their academic and professional journeys.

Read more about the winners below, and click here to make a donation to support the student scholarship fund.

Tejpaul Bainiwal

Winner of the 2019 CPF Diversity Scholarship

Graduate student in Religious Studies at UC Riverside

Tejpaul Singh Bainiwal is a second year Ph.D. student at the University of California Riverside. He studies early Sikh American history and has been doing research on Gadri Babey and Sikhs in America during the early 1900s. Tejpaul is the lead researcher for Stockton Gurdwara and is working with the National Park Service to designate it as a National Historic Landmark. He is also working to nominate the San Joaquin Gurdwara as a County Historic Landmark. Tejpaul serves on the board of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP), and his work shows a commitment to actively diversifying the field of historic preservation. CPF is committed to investing in his future.

Rafael Fontes

Winner of the 2019 CPF Student Scholarship

Graduate student in Heritage Conservation and Planning at the University of Southern California

Raised by public school teachers in “The Old Pueblo,” more commonly known as Tucson, AZ, Rafael has been interested in language, heritage, and material culture since childhood. After earning a B.S. in Architecture with a Spanish Language minor from Arizona State University, he worked as an apprentice architect in Phoenix, AZ. Rafael currently works as a scholar-in-residence at the Gamble House and is invested in making history publicly accessible. He is studying towards a career in planning, and is committed to empowering marginalized communities to access the tools to preserve their history.

Click here for a short video about Rafael’s work at the Gamble House.

Students enrolled in college, university, trade schools, or full-time professional training programs are eligible to receive a free membership to the California Preservation Foundation. This membership provides all the same benefits as our standard membership, including event discounts, regular updates from CPF, and invitations to exclusive members-only events throughout the state. To sign up, or learn about additional membership options, click here.

About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the California Preservation Foundation’s Engagement Director. His job includes sharing stories of CPF’s work and collaborating with members and partner organizations on preservation issues across California. Prior to joining CPF, he studied at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin, where he specialized in LGBTQ history, preservation, and activism. Andrew is a transplant to San Francisco and loves showing off his adopted hometown to people from all over the world.