ASLA Council of Fellows Awards Three Scholarships

University of Florida, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Kansas State University students will each receive $4,000


Abdias Dalisma, Student ASLA, Rachel SantaOlalla, Student ASLA, and Kelsey Steward, Student ASLA, have been selected as the ASLA Council of Fellows (COF) Scholarship recipients for 2015. They each will get $4,000 to pursue their studies.

Dalisma is an undergraduate at the University of Florida who is studying landscape architecture. He notes that his father migrated from Haiti to the United States in the early eighties to provide his future family with better opportunities. Dalisma has since returned to Haiti to work on several educational projects. He intends to one day work for a landscape architecture firm and continue to live his passion for landscape architecture and design.

SantaOlalla is an undergraduate studying landscape architecture and land rehabilitation at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. As she approaches her senior year, SantaOlalla finds that she is confident that her education has prepared her to succeed in a specific niche of landscape architecture. She enjoys being involved at the professional level of ASLA, as well as with her student chapter, and she plans to continue her involvement on a national level.

Steward, a graduate student at Kansas State University, is pursuing a master’s degree in landscape architecture and a minor in horticulture. She plans to apply this education in a career focusing on sustainable development, water use, and social issues. A member of her student ASLA chapter, Steward regularly enjoys helping individuals and communities. As a landscape architect, she believes she will have the greatest opportunity to improve social cohesion, implement conservative water practices, and become an advocate for socially and environmentally healthy community development.

The three students will attend the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO to receive their scholarship certificates at McCormick Place in Chicago from November 6–9, 2015.

The ASLA Council of Fellows established this scholarship fund in 2004 to aid outstanding students in financial need, increase the participation in landscape architecture of economically disadvantaged and underrepresented populations, and enrich the profession through increased diversity. In addition to the scholarships, both women will also receive a one-year student ASLA membership, general registration fees for the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, and a travel stipend to attend the meeting. The Landscape Architecture Foundation administers the scholarship on behalf of the ASLA Council of Fellows.

About the American Society of Landscape Architects

Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Members of the Society use "ASLA" after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments; the Society's mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.




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