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 or environmental education 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 2015 Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship Application Form.

Congratulations to our 2013 scholarship recipients, Matthew Cosma, of Glastonbury, CT, and Jillian Miller, of Canton, CT.

The Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Cosma

  Matthew Cosma is a senior in the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Connecticut. He has been drawn to landscape architecture through several mediums. After studying photography, particularly landscape photography, and running his own landscape design business during his summers, Matthew has developed a deep appreciation for his natural surroundings, and a knack for design. Creating greener spaces is his passion, and switching from Art to Landscape Architecture at UConn has given Matthew even more tools to learn about and promote sustainable living. He says, "I hope to some day create meaningful and sustainable landscapes to better our world and shape our society-spaces that are not only environmentally conscious but also fundamentally beautiful. Hopefully by doing so, my work can inspire people every day to be more ecological, innovative and thoughtful."

The Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship
Jillian Miller

  Jillian Miller is a sophomore at Virginia Tech. Looking back on her life’s path, she says, it’s no surprise that she has found her calling in landscape architecture. As a young child, she spent countless hours outside, returning for dinner with hands muddied by "playing in the dirt." Blessed with a tremendous amount of support to pursue her interests by parents, friends, and educators, Jillian learned to respect nature, accept change, relish community, and seek inspiration in art. Though her sights were originally set on a career in architecture, "a world of possibilities opened to me when I found landscape architecture, an occupation that questions the field of social, physical, and experiential knowledge." Now, after a year of study, her passion has grown exponentially. While her interests are broad, Jillian aspires to work in sustainable landscape design focusing on community spaces, brownfields, and climate change adaptation. Some day Jillian would like to establish an organization that provides design services and funding to support parks and green spaces in neglected communities. "It is my ultimate goal to improve lives, inspire, and nurture society through the gift of place."

Congratulations to these 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.