Steven G. King Play Environments Scholarship
Kimberly Cloward Drown
Utah State University
Steven G. King, FASLA
Deadline: Feb 15
The Steven G. King Play Environments Scholarship was created by Steven G. King, FASLA, founder and Chairman of Landscape Structures Inc., and the inventor of the “continuous play” concept. Mr. King developed the continuous play concept as part of his final project in landscape architecture in 1967, and it revolutionized the playground industry. This concept launched a new industry that included the development of modular composite play structures to encourage connected or continuous play opportunities. This concept is still utilized in nearly every community playground installed today.
Eligible applicants include landscape architecture students with a demonstrated interest and aptitude in the design of play environments who are enrolled in graduate or the final two years of undergraduate study in LAAB-accredited schools.
The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize a student who has high potential in the design of play environments. This student must show an interest in the value of integrating playgrounds into parks, schools and other play environments and understand the significant social and educational value of play. Key qualities in the student receiving the Scholarship are creativity, openness to innovation, and a demonstrated interest in park and playground planning.
See the General Submission Guidelines for information on using our online application system. All submissions must adhere to guidelines and deadlines in order to be considered. Additional materials will not be reviewed.
All LAF scholarships and fellowships require applicants to submit the following materials:
- General Submission Form
Complete this online form with basic contact information and details about your degree program.
Provide a 300 ppi (pixels per inch) color photo, size 4 x 6 inches in .jpg format. It should be a head shot with a plain background in which you are looking directly at the camera. LAF retains the right to use any photo submitted on our website and in materials promoting LAF’s scholarship programs.
- Bio for the LAF Website (150 word max)
Provide a short bio in PDF, Microsoft Word, or TXT format. In 150 words or less, describe your background, current educational pursuits, future plans, and any other personal interests or activities.
- Resume (2 page max)
Upload your resume or CV in PDF format. It should include your education, professional experience, extra-curricular activities, and honors and awards. Please include Applicant Name/Resume/Scholarship Name and page number on each page.
In addition, this scholarship requires the following:
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
Provide the e-mail address for each recommender and instructions will be sent to him/her. Letters should be from current professors familiar with the applicant’s demonstrated interest in park and playground planning, creativity, and openness to innovation.
- Essay (2 page max)
Upload your original essay in PDF format. In 3300-500 words, describe your views on the significant social and educational value of play and the value of integrating playgrounds into play and recreation environments. The essay should be no more than two pages with margins of at least 1”, 10-point or larger font, and no images or graphics. Please include Applicant Name/Essay/Scholarship Name and page number on each page.
- Work Samples
Upload one PDF document that includes a plan and details of a play environment of your design. It should include explanatory text describing the project. If it was a group project, state this and describe your role. Please include Applicant Name/Work Samples/Scholarship Name and page number on each page.
View past recipients here.