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 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

Samantha Stewart

  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

 
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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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.