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. Applications for 2021 are now closed and awards have been made.
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 2021 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 2021 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 "Connecticut Chapter of ASLA" — please write "Scholarship" on the memo line) to:
CTASLA Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 209197
New Haven, CT 06520
The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization incorporated in Connecticut. Contributions to section 501(c)(6) organizations are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor’s federal income tax return. They may be deductible as trade or business expenses if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer’s business.
In 2021, the chapter conferred $10,500 in scholarships to six outstanding recipients. This was the largest award given both in the number of recipients as well as in the total value of scholarships offered.
Jacob Battista grew up in Winchester, Connecticut surrounded by woods and wildlife. It was in that environment that he developed his love for the natural world exploring the woods behind his house, catching critters, and climbing trees to get a new perspective. From these experiences, he learned the importance of conservation, the therapy of nature, and the value of the outdoors firsthand. As a 2021 Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Scholarship recipient, this instincts have served him well.
Jacob recently completed a year-long internship with Studio dwg and will be completing his senior year at Purdue University. While the heat and cacti of Texas are a far throw from the forest and cold that he grew up with, he revels in the value and variety of a new experience. Jacob believes that travel is one of the greatest forms of education a person can receive and so I seek it out as much as I can.
Victor Cizik of Danbury, Connecticut enjoys being out in natural settings through activities such as hiking, running, exploring, and traveling. He chose landscape architecture as his major because it includes two of his passions: design and nature. Victor's passion for the profession is a characteristic that he shares with other recipients 2021 Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Scholarships.
His future career goals include a focus on Urban Design and the planning of parks, streets, and recreational spaces in big cities and as well as populated suburbs. Victor is eager to design areas that are well connected with the environment to create spaces where people can have fun and be entertained by nature. He will be continuing his studies at the University of Connecticut as a junior in the program of landscape architecture. One of his professors, Natalie Gray Miniutti, notes that he is a "very conscientious and adept learner".
Michael Grigoriou was raised in Suffield,Connecticut and has been surrounded by design and creativity since he was young. In high school, he served as scenic designer for the school’s Drama Club, developing an interest in the ephemeral nature and storytelling ability of design. While Michael originally decided to major in Design/Technical Theatre, he made the switch to Landscape Architecture because of the ability to build something that improves with time and
will last for generations is both beautiful and humbling.
Though his path has was not always certain, the skills he learned from theatre have helped
to deepen his passion for his current course of study, because every site is a
stage and every design a story. Michael believes that the world can be changed through design, and that he has the necessary skills to move into the future to implement change through
Landscape Architecture. As a 2021 Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Scholarship recipient, he will be continuing his studies at the University of Connecticut as a junior in the program of landscape architecture.
Caroline Klumac is a senior at Westhill High School in Stamford and will be headed to the University of Vermont next year to major in environmental studies. Throughout high school she has been a member of the Stamford Regional Agriscience Program where she is currently serving as the chapter secretary and takes a wide range of classes on agricultural topics. During the summer, Caroline works at Fairgate Farm, which is a sustainable community farm dedicated to fighting food insecurity. She also volunteers with the Stamford Food Scrap Recycling Program which is a growing sustainable initiative in her city.
As a 2021 Landscape Architecture Environmental Stewardship Scholarship for High School Seniors recipient, She’s extremely grateful for the opportunity to pursue professional studies that support her passion.
Amanda Nackowski is a senior at Middletown High School in Middletown, Connecticut. She has
always loved plants and has been studying horticulture for four years through her school’s
agriculture program and FFA chapter. She loves gardening and has even won the Vegetable
Production Proficiency Award for two years in a row during her involvement in the Mattabeset
FFA. She will be attending SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the fall as a
Landscape Architecture major, and has received several merit scholarships due to her academic
excellence and agricultural skills. In recognition of her promising future, Amanda was selected as a 2021 Landscape Architecture Environmental Stewardship Scholarship for High School Seniors
Oliver Zych, of Weston, Connecticut, has had a fulfilling course of study at California Polytechnic State University. As the inaugural recipient of the chapter's Landscape Architecture Environmental Stewardship Scholarship for High School Seniors, he has grown immeasurably in his understanding and command of landscape architectural skills. Professor Gary Clay wrote highly of his work, noting that Oliver possesses a passion for design, flair, imagination, and attention to detail. These attributes have made him a 2021 Karen Ann Shopis-Fox Scholarship recipient as well!
In the fall, Oliver will return to Cal Poly for his third year of landscape architectural studies. His connection with the outdoors, fostered through the Boy Scouts, informs his work. These connections made him realize that he wanted to work in a profession that
implores me to maintain beautiful landscapes, as well as shape new ones for future
generations. Oliver's dream as a professional landscape architect is to curate the emotions
and experience that made him who he is today.