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!
the 2016 Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship Application Form.
Congratulations to our 2015 scholarship recipients, Samantha Stewart,
of Monroe, CT and Karina Ramos Avila, of Manchester, CT.
||Samantha Stewart is a Landscape
Architecture major at the University of Connecticut, where she is
also president of the student chapter. Samantha says she always
wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father, a civil engineer.
"He has always had a passion for sustainability, the environment,
and the community," she says. After taking an architectural design
course in high school, Samantha found that her passions led to
landscape architecture. "I view every project as a mystery to be
solved," she says. "I appreciate how landscape architects can fix
problems that most people don't even realize they have." With an eye
on graduate school after UConn, Samantha says she then hopes to work
at "a large firm that prides itself on urban and environmentally
conscious projects." John Alexopoulos, Associate Professor of
Landscape Architecture at UConn, says, "I believe Samantha will make
significant contributions to the profession."
Karina Ramos Avila
Karina Ramos Avila, a resident of Manchester, is pursuing a
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of
Massachusetts in Amherst. Her chosen career path wasn't always
obvious, however. She came to the Department of Landscape
Architecture and Regional Planning as a work-study student on a
pre-medical track. "Like many freshmen," says Patricia McGirr,
Associate Professor of the UMass Landscape Architecture program,
"Karina did not know that the field of landscape architecture
existed." But after working in the office, seeing the projects that
the students were producing in their studios, and attending
departmental lectures, she realized that the landscape architecture
major was where she belonged. "Landscape architecture is the perfect
balance between art and science," Karina says. "I’m fascinated with
creating plans that in the abstract protect people from the natural
elements while incorporating those same elements into the project."
Congratulations to these worthy scholarship recipients!
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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