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 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, 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
||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
Congratulations to our worthy scholarship recipients!
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06513 (800) 878-1474 Copyright 2016
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