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Launched in 2023, the LAF Ignite program will build to 15 annual participants.

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, 3-5 students are accepted into Ignite and participate until they have completed their landscape architecture degree. Each new cohort joins the group from past years, with up to 15 Ignite participants total.

Inaugural LAF Ignite awardees

Four participants (top row) were selected for the inaugural cohort of the LAF Ignite program, which got underway in January 2023. 

Also recognized are five finalists who stood out during the Ignite selection process (second and third row). These students will have access to LAF’s network for mentorship and internship opportunities.

  • Naomi smiles
    Naomi Canino Rhode Island School of Design
  • Ezra smiles
    Ezra Lewis University of Georgia
  • Shantol smiles
    Shantol Morgan University of Washington
  • Charlye smiles
    Charlye Stewart University of Pennsylvania
  • Isiah smiles
    Isiah Dashiell University of Maryland
  • Maurice smiles
    Maurice Gaston Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Kareem smiles
    Kareem Harris University of Wisconsin
  • Carington smiles
    Carington Light North Carolina A&T State University
  • Amira smiles
    Amira Slocum North Carolina State University

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.