CT Society of Landscape Architects 

The Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship
The Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship is awarded to encourage awareness and education in the field of landscape architecture.

Scholarship applicants must be legal residents of the State of Connecticut and enrolled in an accredited landscape architecture program at the college or university level. Application forms must be postmarked between January 1 and March 15 of the year of the scholarship.

We encourage you to alert qualified students to the availability of this financial aid. Thank you for helping to spread the word about The Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship!

Download/view the 2017 Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship Application Form.



Our 2016 scholarship recipients are Cristian Umaña, of Lakeville, CT and Erin Norrison, of Ridgefield, CT.

Cristian Umaña

Cristian Umaña

  Cristian Umaña, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture at Cornell University, is a first generation student from El Salvador, and the first in his family to attend college in America. Starting as an Environmental Science and Sustainability major at Cornell, Cristian felt limited after one semester, and yearned to find a way to apply his learning to the everyday world. After taking a studio course in the Landscape Architecture department, he realized that combining design with knowledge of the environment was the answer. So he switched his major to Landscape Architecture, maintaining Environmental Science as a minor. As his studies progress, his knowledge of natural systems informs his design process. "The combination of the two makes me aspire to produce creative designs geared towards sustainability, creating spaces that serve communities and natural ecosystem in aesthetically pleasing ways," he says. Marc Miller, a lecturer in the Dept. of Landscape Architecture at Cornell, says that while Cristian's technical abilities are among the best in the class, "It is his ability to synthesize ideas and content that sets him apart." Cristian's present interests include investigating ways in which the role of the landscape architect can be expanded to engage practices that are more conventionally associated with architecture, including follies that incorporate structure and plant material.
 


Erin Norrison

Erin Norrison

  Erin Norrison is a Landscape Architecture student at the University of Rhode Island. She discovered the program after touring the department as an undeclared student and quickly realized that she'd found her major. Landscape architecture, she learned, is a combination of her three favorite subjects — art, science, and the environment — which makes it exciting to go to class each day. "When you are doing something you love surrounded by people who share your passion, there is no way it can be called work," she says. Being part of a small program, says Erin, has introduced her to many great ideas and individuals. "My professors and colleagues have truly become my second family." Angelo Simeoni, RLA, Professor in the Dept. of Landscape Architecture at URI, lauds Erin for her motivation and scholarship. "In the studio, I have found her work to be innovative, well conceived, and professionally presented. Her peers and the faculty respect her as a creative and extremely talented individual." Speaking of her future career, Erin says, "My dream is to see the amazement on people's faces when they experience a space I have created."


Congratulations to our worthy scholarship recipients!

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The Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship

Karen Ann Shopis-Fox, who passed away in August 2011, was a long-standing member of ASLA, a talented designer, and a dedicated advocate for the profession of landscape architecture. She served as member-at-large and vice president on the executive committee of CTASLA in the 1990s and was a founding member of the golf outing committee and a driving force in the formation of our scholarship. Karen practiced in Fairfield County with her own firm, Karen A. Shopis Landscape Architects. She won the chapter’s prestigious George A. Yarwood Award in 2002, given in recognition of members who have given unselfishly of their time and talent to further the profession of landscape architecture within the state and the nation.

Donations to the Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship Fund, benefitting the next generation of landscape architects, may be made at any time, in any amount, using the Donation button below. We appreciate your support.