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Applications open for this new multi-year program

LAF is now accepting applications for the inaugural cohort of LAF Ignite, which begins in early 2023. Ignite is a multi-year program with three core components: an annual scholarship, summer internships, and ongoing mentorship. The mentorship component begins in Feb 2023, and the first summer internship takes place Jun-Aug 2023.

Applications are due Oct 15. 

Ignite 2022 Application Cycle Timeline
Sept - Call for applications announced
Oct 15 - Application deadline
Oct-Nov - Jury process
Nov - Shortlisted candidate interviews 
Dec - Winners announced 

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Ready to ignite your journey to becoming a landscape architect?

LAF Ignite is a comprehensive Scholarship + Internships + Mentorship program for BIPOC* college students, providing participants with an annual $10,000 scholarship, annual paid summer internship, and access to mentors throughout their educational path. 

Each year, 3 students are accepted into Ignite and participate until they have completed their landscape architecture degree. Every new cohort joins the group from past years for facilitated virtual meetings and peer-to-peer mentorship. Participants are matched with a one-on-one mentor and use paid summer internships to explore different career paths within landscape architecture.

*For the 2022 and 2023 application years, eligible candidates must identify as Black/African American. This will be broadened in future years.

 

Program Goals

We live in a world that is inequitable by design. And through design we can begin to change it. Ignite represents a focused effort by LAF — and the many individuals, firms, organizations, and partners who have invested in the program — to make the discipline of landscape architecture as diverse as the communities in which landscape architects work.

Many barriers to becoming a landscape architect occur during the period between entering college and entering the workforce, particularly for BIPOC students who may not see themselves or their lived experience reflected in their faculty, employers, and peers. Ignite was developed to support BIPOC students through this important stage and help them overcome prevalent barriers by providing:

  • reliable and meaningful funding, so they can stay in and focus on school
  • access to mentors, so they have a guide and support network
  • paid internships, so they get real life (paid) experience and exposure to a variety of ways to practice

By investing in these deserving students, we can grow and change the field of landscape architecture and infuse it with new energy and ideas to create a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable future.

 

Expanding Over Time

The LAF Ignite program has been several years in the making with input from many different groups to ensure it responds to identified gaps and needs. In the long term, the program will be open to all students of color, however, for the first two years, it will focus on Black/African American students, recognizing the disproportionate oppression and disinvestment Black/African Americans have experienced and continue to experience, upheld by systemic racism that is embedded in all aspects of society.

Starting with this more targeted group has allowed LAF to build the program with Black/African American partners, more effectively understand and address the specific barriers experienced by Black/African American students, and create an experience and network of support that will more strategically focus on the identified needs and opportunities.

As the program builds and is opened to other students of color in future years, LAF will continue this process by seeking out partners and landscape architects from specific racial/ethnic groups to more fully understand and address the particular barriers and provide focused opportunities for each community. 

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.

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