Ratcliff wins inaugural Scottsdale Community College architecture scholarship

Pictured from left are Ryc Loope, Maria Teresa Ratcliff and Myron Brower. (Submitted photo)

Pictured from left are Ryc Loope, Maria Teresa Ratcliff and Myron Brower. (Submitted photo)

Maria Teresa Ratcliff, an Architectural Technology student at Scottsdale Community College, is the first recipient of the inaugural R. Nicholas Loope, FAIA Excellence in Architectural Technology Scholarship.

Ms. Ratcliff, who is pursuing a certificate in Architectural Technology, will receive $500 from the scholarship fund, according to a press release.

Ryc Loope, FAIA, founder of HL Design Build, LLC, a Phoenix-based design build firm, created the endowed scholarship to give back to the community, aid top students and ensure a pipeline of well prepared talent to the industry, the release states.

“I hope we have outstanding applicants like Maria every year,” said Mr. Loope, former principal architect and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Taliesin Architects.

Ms. Ratcliff, who will use the scholarship to help cover school costs for the fall semester, said,

“When someone rewards you with a scholarship, it provides you with motivation to keep going,” Ms. Ratcliff said in the release.

Ms. Ratcliff has experience in the architectural field after studying in the field in her native Mexico before starting her career with an internship with a San Diego firm. Her career experience includes working for a firm overseas in Lichtenstein and, upon her return, working for both Jack in the Box and Kona Grill.

In recent years, she has been a stay-at-home mom and is now seeking to return to the field. She is pursuing a certificate from SCC to refresh her skill set and learn the latest industry tools, such as the software program Revit.

“Maria is a fine example of our returning students,” said Myron Brower, chair of SCC’s Architectural Technology program, in the release. “They have enough experience to understand what they need to succeed and they enrich the whole learning environment.”

Mr. Loope, who also is a board member of the Maricopa Community College Foundation, said he attended a community college out of high school and appreciates the opportunities it provided him to continue along his educational path.

His wife, Lynne Beyer, an SCC alumna, is an award-winning interior designer and entrepreneur who established an endowed scholarship fund for SCC interior design students in the fall of 2013.

“Being able to provide some financial aid and share our industry experiences with SCC students has been a great joy to us both,” Mr. Loope said.

The Loope scholarship is awarded annually.

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