Scholarships and Awards

Landscape Architecture Program Scholarships and Awards

  • Sigma Lambda Alpha
    Students with a high GPA are invited to join SLA, the international honor society of landscape architecture.

Graduate Scholarships and Awards

  • Benjamin C. Johnson and Janice K. McBee Graduate Prize for Excellence in Design
    Recognizes a graduate student who demonstrates a high level of design performance and studio leadership; contribution to collective learning in studio; confidence in graphic, written, verbal communication; and a demonstrated vision for landscape architecture.
  • University Olmsted Scholar, Graduate
    The Olmsted Scholar program of the Landscape Architecture Foundation recognizes one outstanding student from each accredited landscape architecture program in the U.S. and Canada. Students are honored for past achievements and recognized for their future potential to influence the landscape architecture profession. The Olmsted Scholars from Virginia Tech compete for a national prize.
  • Stanley Abbott Graduate Award
    Recognizes the best completed master’s thesis based on the individual intellectual growth, contribution to the profession, appropriateness of the method of inquiry, thoroughness of the investigation, conclusions drawn and implications of the inquiry.
  • American Society of Landscape Architecture Honor and Merit Awards
    The ASLA Awards  “recognize students who have achieved a sustained level of outstanding performance in their studies and show promise of making significant contributions to the profession” and have demonstrated “the highest level of academic scholarship and of accomplishments in skills related to the art and technology of landscape architecture.”  Students at the WAAC are sponsored by the Potomac Chapter ASLA. Students in Blacksburg are sponsored by the Virginia Chapter ASLA.
  • Outstanding GTA Award
    Recognizes the graduate teaching assistant judged as the year’s best teaching assistant.
  • Faculty Book Award
    The award is for noteworthy contribution to the program and is awarded at either or both the fifth year and Advanced Master’s level.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

  • Shirley Brandes Staley Third Year Prize for Design Excellence
    Recognizes a third-year student who demonstrates excellence in site scale design including development of sense of place in design through articulation of space, appropriate use of materials, and refined detail design.
  • Benjamin C. Johnson and Janice K. McBee Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Design
    Recognizes a fourth-year undergraduate with a high GPA; high level of design performance and studio leadership; contribution to collective learning in studio; confidence in graphic, written, verbal communication; and a demonstrated vision for landscape architecture.
  • W. J. Cross, Audrey S. Cross and Family Scholarship
    The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and financial need. First preference goes to  Landscape Architecture majors within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies . Recipients shall be U. S. citizens or permanent residents and residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Richard G. Gibbons, FASLA, Landscape Design Award
    Sponsors investigations of Virginia’s public open spaces by landscape architecture students at Virginia Tech.
  • Virginia Chapter ASLA Scholarship for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture
    The VA ASLA scholarship recognizes a student for excellence in the study of landscape architecture. The award will be announced in the spring, and given at the Virginia Chapter ASLA's annual meeting, usually held during the fall semester.
  • A. J. Davis Undergraduate Research Award
    This endowed award is given to one rising 3rd, 4th or 5th year student, or a graduating student who is continuing at VT for graduate work in each of the four undergraduate programs in the School of Architecture + Design. This award recognizes students who have already demonstrated or show promise of demonstrating in-depth inquiry into a specific area of study that seeks to add to the body of knowledge in the art or science of a design discipline.
  • University Olmsted Scholar, Undergraduate
    The Olmsted Scholar program of the Landscape Architecture Foundation recognizes one outstanding student from each accredited landscape architecture program in the U.S. and Canada. Students are honored for past achievements and recognized for their future potential to influence the landscape architecture profession. The Olmsted Scholars from Virginia Tech compete for a national prize.
  • Stanley Abbott Undergraduate Award
    Recognizes the best completed senior project based upon scope of the project, intellectual understanding of the project, articulation and appropriateness of intention, and degree of formal and technical resolution.
  • American Society of Landscape Architecture Honor and Merit Awards
    The ASLA Awards  “recognize students who have achieved a sustained level of outstanding performance in their studies and show promise of making significant contributions to the profession” and have demonstrated “the highest level of academic scholarship and of accomplishments in skills related to the art and technology of landscape architecture.” Sponsored by the Virginia Chapter of the ASLA.
  • Faculty Book Award
    The award is for noteworthy contribution to the program and is awarded at either or both the fifth year and Advanced Master’s level.