ACI SoCal Chapter 2022 Student Scholarship Recipients

Aleta Francis

Aleta attends Ventura College where she will earn two Associate of Science degrees (Spring of 2023); one in Construction Technology-Building Inspection and the other in Architectural Design. While attending Ventura College Aleta has remained on the Dean’s List. Aleta was born and raised in Los Angeles County. She has consistently contributed to her communities. She was a founding board member of the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council. She currently works as the manager for the Mildas Drive Road Association in the Santa Monica Mountains, where she resides. While working for the family business Aleta was exposed to architectural and product design, manufacturing and steel construction for projects such as the Biosphere II in Oracle, AZ and Freemont Street LV, NV. Aleta finds the design and installation of concrete a compelling process with many technical intricacies this is why the concrete industry is a great fit for her innate interests and passions. With decades of work experience, and technical talent Aleta enjoys contributing to the global team who creates our built environments.

Colette Burd

Hello everybody! My name is Colette Burd, and I am a third year Construction Management major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Being born and raised in San Diego, I love spending my time outside of school hitting the beach, hiking, and traveling. In addition, my hobbies include playing soccer, chess, and doing art. At school, I am proud to be on the Women in Construction board managing our Public Relations and planning events, and on the ASC Pre-Construction team competing in Chicago and Reno. I have one older brother and a twin brother who shaped me into the person I am today. I am very grateful for this scholarship opportunity; it will make a huge impact for me to be able to pay for all of the costs of attending college!

Jake Pizzifred

My name is Jake Pizzifred, I'm a 4th year Construction Management student from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I am 21 years old, and I am originally from Riverside, California. I grew up in construction with my family's business constructing residential and commercial swimming pools for Bogner Pools. I'm graduating this upcoming spring and wish to pursue a career in commercial construction. 

Khan Muhammad

Khan Muhammad is a 5th year undergraduate IPAL student of architecture at Woodbury University. A proud Southern California resident, Khan has served as 2018-2020 Student Board Member of SoCal NOMA, President of the Student Leadership Council at WSoA, and the Co-Director of Operations of the National SMASH Alumni Board. He is dedicated to building environments that cultivate people to become change agents who can manifest a better and sustainable future.

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