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Major Gift Launches LAF Honor Scholarship for Inclusive Community Design

This year, Patrick Phillips, a visionary and leader in responsible use, design, and transformation of land to support thriving and inclusive communities worldwide, made a major gift to the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Through this gift, Patrick established the new $10,000 LAF Honor Scholarship for Inclusive Community Design to support master's-level landscape architecture students who have shown a commitment to underserved urban communities and addressing community-scale design issues.

Originally trained as a landscape architect, Patrick has a 30-year career in the economic analysis of real estate and land use, most recently serving as the Global CEO of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and as president of the ULI Foundation. He believes that landscape architects can play an important and distinctive role in the creation of cities and neighborhoods that are safe, healthful, economically productive, and beautiful.

"With this new award, LAF is thrilled to provide support to students who are committed to inclusive community design and who are interested in alternative career paths," said LAF CEO Barbara Deutsch, FASLA. The new honor scholarship brings LAF's total scholarship offerings to over $75,000 available annually.

The first LAF Honor Scholarship for Inclusive Community Design will be awarded in 2019. Eligible applicants are landscape architecture students enrolled in an accredited graduate degree program at a university in the U.S. or Canada. Preference is given to candidates interested in pursuing a career in the non-profit or public sector.

The application deadline for all LAF scholarships is February 1 with awards made in the spring. Learn more about LAF scholarships here.

LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.