Palm Springs Modern Committee Honors Outstanding Students at Annual Scholarship Reception

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Palm Springs Modern Committee awards one thousand dollar scholarships to three high school graduates during a reception at the historic Desert Star.

Board Members and scholarship winners

"Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, we will be donating educational materials to the school libraries an in-school teaching curriculum, organizing architectural field trips, and a student mentoring program."

Palm Springs Modern Committee celebrated three Palm Springs Unified School District high school graduates who excelled in their studies and have shown an interest in continuing their education in the fields of architecture, design, restoration and renovation at a reception at the historic Desert Star in Palm Springs. Three one thousand dollar scholarships were awarded.

Hosts Debra and Richard Hovel, owners/operators of the classic mid-century modern Palm Springs apartment-hotel joined PS ModCom board members in welcoming the scholarship recipients, their families, friends and school officials to the meticulously restored site which was designed by renowned Palm Springs architect Howard Lapham in 1956.

During the lively social hour, guests enjoyed refreshments while touring the property, an outstanding example of mid-century modern preservation. At dusk, everyone gathered for a formal recognition of the scholars by PS ModCom board member Robert Imber, Chairman of PS ModCom's Education Committee.

2014 Scholars Oscar Castillo (Palm Springs High School); Bryant Islas (Cathedral City High School) and Miguel Lopez ( Desert Hot Springs High School) received framed scholarship certificates, a selection of books and documentary DVDs highlighting Palm Springs mid-century modern architecture; Palm Springs Mid -Century Architecture Driving Tour Mobile Application; and PS ModCom Self-Driving Tour Map - all highlighting the most important modern architecture in the Palm Springs area.

As has become a poignant tradition at the annual scholarship reception, students introduced themselves and shared their educational plans; and guests took turns sharing heartfelt congratulations.

"PS ModCom is increasingly gratified as each year we receive more student applications and our scholarship and educational programs grow with the generous support of members and donors, " Imber said , adding that, "At the beginning of he 2014-2015 school year, we'll be donating educational materials to the school libraries, an in-school teaching curriculum, organizing architectural field trips, and a student mentoring program."

About Palm Springs Modern Committee:
The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PSMODCOM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. We accomplish this through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism, and the celebration of successes in preservation and adaptive reuse.

For additional information about PSMODCOM, please visit

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