This scholarship honors the memory of Courtland P. Paul, FASLA (1927-2003) and his lifelong commitment to the landscape architecture profession. A native Californian, he became one of the state's first licensed landscape architects in 1954. Mr. Paul and Peridian International, the landscape architecture firm he founded over fifty years ago, were well known for community design and master planning, and for the golf courses, hotels, and theme parks they created in Southern California and throughout the world.
Eligible applicants are United States citizens who are undergraduate students in the final two years of study in Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) accredited schools. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and a minimum grade point average of "C." This award must be used only to cover the costs of tuition, books, and program-required supplies within the school year of the award.
See the General Application 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:
A) General Submission Form
Complete this online form with basic contact information and details about your degree program.
Provide a color headshot in jpg format that is at least 1800x1200 pixels. It should be horizontally-oriented, well-lit with a simple background, and include your entire head and shoulders. LAF retains the right to use any submitted photo on our website and in other materials promoting LAF's scholarship programs.
C) 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.
D) 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:
A) Financial Aid Form
Complete this online form with information about your financial needs and any financial assistance you currently receive.
B) 2 Letters of Recommendation
Letters must come from current professors who are familiar with the applicant's character and goals in pursuing an education in landscape architecture. Provide the e-mail address for each recommender and instructions will be sent to them.
C) Essay (2 page max)
Upload your original essay in PDF format. In 500 words or less, describe your aspirations, ability to surmount obstacles, high level of drive, and need for financial assistance. 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.