ASLA-NY Scholarships

ASLA-NY awards the following three scholarships annually:

ASLA-NY Equitable Public Urban Space Scholarship

Award: $5000

Deadline: February 1

The New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-NY) established this scholarship to support future leaders who will strive to make living in urban environments more equitable, healthier and enjoyable.  ASLA-NY encompasses the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties.

The award is open to currently-enrolled undergraduate or master’s students studying landscape architecture at Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) accredited programs in the United States. To be eligible, the applicant’s university must be within the ASLA-NY Chapter boundary*, or the applicant must be a permanent resident of the Chapter boundary, or must have graduated from a high school within the ASLA-NY Chapter boundary.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum “B” grade point average (2.5-3.5).

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to and interest in equitable design of the public realm including:

  • Their approach to academic or real world public projects,
  • How they attempt to reflect the breadth of public needs and culture,
  • Organizations they may have worked for that contribute to the public realm,
  • Related volunteer activities,
  • A unique approach to equitable urban public space design as described in their essay and supported by their recommendation letters,
  • Creative methods of public participation in the design process as demonstrated in their work samples, or
  • Other ways that the candidate can make the case for their passion for equitable public space design.

Candidates are evaluated based on:

  • Clear response to essay question (40%)
  • Creativity in approach to design (30%)
  • Quality of writing (20%)
  • Proven volunteer efforts (10%)

Applications are made through the Landscape Architecture Foundation.  CLICK HERE to apply

Donate to the ASLA-NY Equitable Public Urban Space Scholarship

To contribute to the ASLA-NY Equitable Public Urban Space Scholarship, you must make a donation through the Landscape Architecture Foundation and indicate that your donation should be applied to the ASLA-NY scholarship in the “Why do you support LAF? field.  Please note that you must make this notation in order for your donation to be directed to the scholarship fund.  Click here to donate.

ASLA-NY Student Scholarship for Second Year Student at CCNY MLA Program

Award: $2,000

This scholarship is awarded to a Student Member of the ASLA who achieves the second highest grade point average in the class.  The student should be entering their third year of the MLA program at CCNY.

Contact: Hannah Borgeson at CCNY,

ASLA-NY Diversity Scholarship

Amount: $1000 (one award)

Deadline: April 15

The ASLA-NY Diversity Scholarship is awarded in conjunction with the Spitzer School of Architecture to a City University of New York (CUNY) undergraduate student entering into City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture Master of Landscape Architecture Program. Preference will be given to minority students graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture, but all disciplines of study will be considered.

The student must complete a 500 word essay:

Essay question (250-500 words): How do you hope to use landscape architecture to promote diversity and equity in the public realm? Please use examples, if any, of your own engagement in community activism.

Contact: Hannah Borgeson at CCNY,

Scholarship Winners

2022 ASLA-NY Equitable Public Urban Space Scholarship

Jeana Fletcher

Jeana Pearl Fletcher
City College of New York MLA student
Class of 2022

Jeana has been enthralled by urban public space since arriving to NYC from Newark, Delaware
in 2005. Graduated from Fordham University in 2009 as Track and Field student athlete with a
degree in Visual Arts and Environmental policy led to a winding journey of jobs. Having worked
in four of the five boroughs and running throughout the city strengthened interests of
connectivity to public spaces. Jeana took root in the jewelry industry, learning the ins and outs of
an NYC luxury jewelry company. The shift to landscape architecture branches a skill set of
design logistics to a passion for public space. Future plans to work in policy and design of urban
spaces advocating for community interests and representation.

Previous winners:
Casey Breen (2021)
Natalie Galarza (2020)
Anna Speidel (2019)
Hana Georg (2018)
Rivka Weinstock (2017)
Ruth Nervig (2016)

Recipients of the ASLA-NY 2021 Scholarship Award:

Josué Amadís
Jeana Fletcher

Recipient of the ASLA-NY 2021 Diversity Scholarship:

Micheal Shepard

Previous Winners:

Miguelina Portorreal
Nafisa Nusrat Iqbal (2017)
Garrett Ray (2016)

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