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Available Now: Scholarship for Executive Masters in Leadership for Sustainability

In recognition of the significant contributions that landscape architecture professionals make to solving complex sustainability challenges, Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability is offering a scholarship opportunity to ASLA members to participate in the interdisciplinary Executive Master of Natural Resources graduate degree program focusing on Leadership for Sustainability.

The $10,000 scholarship is available to ASLA members who have graduated from an accredited landscape architecture program and have a minimum of three years of professional experience.

Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) is an accelerated, 12-month program focusing on the theme of leadership for sustainability. Each year, a limited number of students is accepted to participate. Students have prior work experience in a variety of fields and sectors, including business, government, and non-profit organizations. The interdisciplinary curriculum is flexible and designed to help students achieve their individual professional development and career goals while working full-time and earning a graduate degree.

Major elements of the program include class meetings one weekend each month in metro Washington, D.C. (students commute from throughout the U,S, and beyond), individual and team work online in the intervals between meetings, peer-to-peer and project-based learning, a 10-day International Residency, and directed study projects tailored to each student's academic and professional interests. In addition to gaining new credentials and competencies, students develop the confidence and connections needed to effectively pursue career change and advancement opportunities.

After a decade of working in private practice, landscape architect Sally Parker used the XMNR degree to help her expand her portfolio and land a new job a new job as the Energy and Sustainability Liaison for the District of Columbia Public Schools. In this new role, Parker is building on her professional experience as a landscape architect and applying leadership and management skills she gained while serving in the Marine Corps and through graduate studies. Parker says, “I juggle dozens of projects ranging from energy sub-metering to garden programming. I work closely with the Department of General Services, Department of Energy and Environment, and active nonprofit partners to make DCPS operations and outcomes more sustainable.”

Have you considered graduate school but never found the right program, one that allows you to study part-time while working full-time and not relocate to attend classes? Learn more at .

To be eligible for the ASLA scholarship, applicants must apply to the XMNR program by October 15, 2018.

Contact David Robertson at or 434-258-2236.

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