The EDSA Minority Scholarship was established to help African American, Hispanic, Native American and minority students of other cultural and ethnic backgrounds continue their landscape architecture education. Eligible candidates are in their final two years of undergraduate study or pursuing a graduate degree in landscape architecture.
EDSA is an internationally-renowned full-service planning, landscape architecture, urban design, and graphic design firm with over 120 employees. Established in 1960, the firm has extensive experience in attractions and entertainment, campus and cultural, communities and new towns, ecotourism and environmental planning, hotels and resorts, as well as urban design. EDSA is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has offices in Orlando, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; New York City, New York; and Shanghai, China.
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) 2 Letters of Recommendation
Provide the e-mail address for each recommender and instructions will be sent to them.
B) Essay (2 page max)
Upload your original essay in PDF format. In 500 words or less, describe a design or research effort you plan to pursue, including an explanation of how it will contribute to the advancement of the profession and your ethnic heritage. 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.
C) Work Samples (3 page max)
Upload three 8.5"x11" work samples in one PDF document. Each 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.
*Please describe your racial or ethnic background on the last question of the General Submission Form.