CTASLA offers scholarships to students to encourage awareness and education in the field of landscape architecture. Scholarship applicants must be legal residents of the State of Connecticut. Application forms should be submitted or postmarked between January 1 and March 15.
CTASLA offers two scholarship programs:
1. The Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students currently enrolled in an accredited landscape architecture program at the college or university level. Download the 2020 Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship Application Form.
2. The Landscape Architecture Environmental Stewardship Scholarship for High School Seniors is awarded to high school students who are applying to study landscape architecture at the college or university level. Download the 2020 Landscape Architecture Environmental Stewardship Scholarship for High School Seniors Application Form.
We encourage you to alert qualified students to the availability of this financial aid. Thank you for helping to spread the word about the CTASLA Student Scholarships.
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 CTASLA's Student Scholarships, benefiting the next generation of landscape architects, may be made at any time, in any amount, using the Donation button below or by mailing a check (to "CTASLA" — please write "Scholarship" on the memo line) to:
CTASLA Scholarship Fund
c/o J.M. Communications
35-31 Talcottville Road, Unit 318
Vernon, CT 06066
Our 2019 Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Memorial Scholarship recipient is Chrishima Richards, of Stamford, CT, who is studying landscape architecture at the University of Connecticut.
Since she was young, Chrishima had a love for drawing and producing art in different forms, such as painting or sculpting. "My work always stood out to my teachers and professors, where the focus was always geared toward my meticulousness in penmanship and use of intricate line work. I am adept at expressing creativity in project-based endeavors," she says.
With a great interest in travel, Chrishima is participating in a Landscape Form and Urban Design education abroad program during summer break, visiting six countries along with 10 other students and two professors. She believes that exposure to famous gardens and intellectually stimulating spaces around the world will introduce her to new gateways for starting conversations. "I appreciate learning in environments that challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone, especially if it enhances my understanding of the global economy," she says. Her plan is to become a licensed landscape architect and eventually own her own practice. "I would like to be a part of the change that improves livability for cities near me."
The recipient of our 2019 Landscape Architecture Environmental Stewardship Scholarship for High School Seniors is Oliver Zych, of Weston, CT, who will matriculate to California Polytechnic State University in the fall to study landscape architecture.
Oliver, a recent graduate of Weston Public High School, has been fascinated with the natural world ever since he can remember, spending his childhood exploring the outdoors through a range of activities. A variety of interactions, landscapes, and intricate designs captured his attention over the years, he says. When he attended a design workshop at Virginia Tech's School of Architecture and Design last summer, he was fascinated by the range of projects that were presented, and became eager to learn more. Ultimately, Oliver aspires to a career in landscape architecture in the public or private sector. "It is my hope to be involved with designing, creating, and repurposing landscapes that build inviting and functional spaces."
Cheryl Levine, Founder of StudioLK, a design house, says of Oliver, "His attributes are that of a respectful change-maker, someone who treads lightly while leaving a lasting mark. He looks to the outdoors as a beautiful place for us all to enjoy. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for Oliver."