Scholarship | Olmsted Scholars Program

Nominee Submission Packet

2016 Olmsted Scholars Timeline

Dec 2015
Call for Nominations announced

Feb 15, 2016
Deadline for Nominations from faculty

Mar 15, 2016
Deadline for Full Submissions from faculty/nominees

April 2016
Jury selects National Olmsted Scholars and Finalists

May 2016
2016 Olmsted Scholars announced

Oct 20-21, 2016
Olmsted Scholar luncheon and ceremony at LAF Annual Benefit in New Orleans

Students who have been nominated by their university (Step 1 - Deadline Feb 15), should use our SlideRoom online application system to complete and submit the full Nominee Submission Packet (Step 2) by 11:59pm EST on March 15.

slideroom-exampleVisit  http://lafoundation.slideroom.com to use the system. Once you have created an account, scroll down to “Olmsted Scholars Program - Nominee Submission Packet (Step 2)”, choose Graduate or Undergraduate as appropriate, and click “Begin” to start the submission process. You may save, edit, and review your work prior to submitting. Note that SlideRoom charges each applicant a $5 processing fee for the use of this system.

Submission Contents

The following items are required in order for the nominee to be recognized as an Olmsted Scholar and considered by the jury for one of the national awards. These details are also provided in the online application system. Note that items 2-3 will be used on the LAF website and for promotion and publicity — they are not provided to the Olmsted Scholar jury. All submissions must adhere to guidelines and deadlines in order to be considered. Additional materials will not be reviewed.

  1. Nominee Summary
    Complete this online form with basic contact information and details about your degree program. 
  2. Photo
    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.
  3. Bio for 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. 
  4. Faculty Statement of Support (2 page max)
    A two-page (1,500 word max) Statement of Support from the nominating faculty is required. The Statement of Support should clearly illustrate the reason for the nomination and present a compelling argument for selection, using specific examples when possible. It should also avoid repeating information found in the other submission materials. One faculty member should write the statement, though up to three character testimonials from others may be incorporated to support the points made. Nominees should request a copy of the Statement of Support in PDF format and upload it with the other submission materials. 
  5. Essay (2 page max)
    Upload your original essay in PDF format. 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. The essay should address the following:
    Part 1.  Describe your personal development and how it has influenced your direction and vision for the future. Discuss how you see your role in advancing sustainable planning and design and fostering human and societal health and well-being.  (1,000 word max)
    Part 2.  Describe how you would use the funds to advance your leadership in your area(s) of interest and how this will contribute to the profession of landscape architecture and further the mission of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. (While funds can be used for further education, the emphasis should be on what you hope to accomplish – a specific project, research, etc.)  (500 word max)
  6. 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/Olmsted Scholars Program and page number on each page.

Questions?

Contact: scholarships@lafoundation.org or 202-331-7070 x14

2016 National Scholars

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Harvard Graduate School of Design

 

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University of Oregon

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