Landscape Architecture Scholarships

The Cal Poly Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is excited to announce that there is a single place for current students to apply for all Cal Poly scholarships. Starting early March, you can click on the Cal Poly Scholarship app on the left side of your portal to complete the application scholarship consideration. The application will be reviewed by colleges and departments for major specific scholarships as well as being used for university-wide scholarships.

The Landscape Architecture Department offers scholarships to landscape architecture majors. These scholarships recognize need, promise, and achievement in a broad range of activities related to landscape architecture. To qualify for need-based scholarships, applicants must have applied for FAFSA. Complete the federal application (FAFSA) here. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 805-756-2927 or email Recipients are selected in the spring quarter and the financial award is given in the fall.

The Landscape Architecture Department offers the following scholarships that are generally awarded based on the evaluation of student applications, although the department may consider other students when the applicant pool does not provide the best students based on the scholarship's criteria.

Douglas Baylis, FASLA Memorial Scholarship

The Douglas Baylis, FASLA, College of Architecture and Environmental Design Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 by the Maggie Baylis Revocable Living Trust in memory of her husband, Douglas Baylis. Mr. Baylis was a well-recognized landscape architect in California and the country and received an ASLA "Fellowship" award.

Landscape Architecture majors at any class level are eligible to apply, as long as the individual will be a student during the following academic year. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.

The LA department scholarship committee reviews submissions (application and portfolio of project examples) and recommends the recipient to the CAED Scholarship Committee for final approval.


Robert Cota Vasquez Memorial Scholarship

The Robert Cota Vasquez Memorial Scholarship also provides financial support to one LA student, generally each academic year. This scholarship was established by Miss Elizabeth Brooks of Santa Barbara in 1999 in memory of her uncle, Robert Cota Vasquez.

LA students in their fourth year are eligible to apply. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required; preference is given to re-entry students.

The Landscape Architecture Department scholarship committee reviews applications and selects the recipients.


Dean and Patricia Morgridge Family Scholarship

The Dean and Patricia Morgridge Family Scholarship was established by Dean (1930-2010) and Patricia Morgridge to provide financial support and encourage excellence in promising landscape architecture students going into their fourth or fifth year of study. Its intent is to help offset tuition costs for exceptional students who would otherwise not be able to devote as much time to their studies due to financial obligations. Through increased opportunity to participate in classroom and practical exercises, this scholarship promotes the application of careful and appropriate blending of man-made structures and the natural environment by investing in the education of future landscape architect practitioners.

LA students in their third or fourth year are eligible to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major courses. Applicants are required to provide a one-page statement describing their financial need and interests and goals along with their application.

The Landscape Architecture Department scholarship committee reviews applications and selects the recipients based on a review of their qualifications and their statement of financial need, professional interests, and goals. 


Wood Rodgers Scholarship

LA students must be in Junior or Senior standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. 


HLA Group/Robert Hablitzel Scholarship

The HLA Group established an endowment to honor its founding principal, Robert D. Hablitzel, who graduated from Cal Poly/San Luis Obispo in 1972. The gift commemorates the 2003 retirement of Mr. Hablitzel from the firm he founded in 1980. The endowment funds scholarships to help students pursue a fourth or fifth year of landscape architecture study.

Students currently in their third or fourth year of study are eligible for consideration. A minimum 3.2 Cal Poly cumulative GPA for major courses is required, with preference given to the candidate with the highest Cal Poly cumulative GPA for major courses. Where multiple candidates have the same high Cal Poly cumulative GPA for major courses, preference is given to the candidate who is most involved with volunteer activities within the community. 


Ian Casey Memorial Travel Scholarship

The Ian Casey Memorial Travel Scholarship supports a Landscape Architecture students with demonstrated financial need participating in one of Cal Poly's many travel abroad program opportunities.  The intent of the scholarship is to assist a student who loves traveling and would otherwise be unable to do so.  The scholarship honors the life of Ian Casey, who graduated in 2011 with a degree in Landscape Architecture, and to continue his legacy of generosity, hard work and love of life. LA students in all class levels are available to apply. Applicants must meet the financial need criteria and student must be accepted to study abroad program.


Kennedy Love Memorial Scholarship

The Kennedy Love scholarship supports continuing Cal Poly students majoring in Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning.  Students must show financial need and be graduates of a CA high school or a veteran of the armed forces from any state with a preference for first-generation college students.  Selected students must have demonstrated volunteerism, collaboration and advancement of the design profession consistent with Cal Poly's "Learn by Doing"  This scholarship was set up to honor the life of Kennedy Love, a Landscape Architecture student tragically killed while bicycling near campus.  His volunteerism and involvement with his major is reflected in the requirements of the scholarship. Class levels, Sophomore, Junior or Senior may apply.


Landscape Architecture Department Advisory Council

LADAC scholarships are based on those who best exemplifies skills that the LADAC considers important for future leaders in the profession. Sophomore student should be selected based on pursing potential, whether or not they have achieved it.  The focus is on what they have done to persistently gain knowledge and skills and most importantly, their attitude towards learning and reaching that potential. Junior students should have obtained a level of skill based on talent, attitude and hard work.  Skills in hand sketching, computer graphics, technology, research, presentation, planning or writing can all by considered. Senior students should show leadership in promoting the profession or the LARC department through involvement in organizations, volunteer groups, other disciplines or the profession. Fifth year senior students should show leadership through involvement in organizations, volunteer groups or other disciplines and have obtained a high level of skill based on talent, attitude and hard work. Landscape Architecture Department Advisory Council 


Courtland Studio Scholarship for Cultivating Strategic Methodologies & Propagating Ubiquitous Ecologies

The Courtland Studio Scholarship supports a fourth-year Cal Poly student majoring in Landscape Architecture. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, with preference given to students with high financial need. The student should demonstrate leadership in the Landscape Architecture Department, and preferably have completed a class in Irrigation Design. 



Department Awards

Each year the Landscape Architecture Department faculty selects students to receive awards based on the particular award's criteria. These awards do not require an application; instead, decisions are made based on faculty vote. These awards include:


CLASS Fund Memorial Student Scholarship in Honor of Alec Balliet

This scholarship is in memory of Alec Balliet, a graduate from the Cal Poly LA program. It is awarded to the student who most embodies Alec's qualities - zest and a passion for life, highly developed creative and artistic skills, willingness to help others, and consistent selflessness and generosity.


CLASS Fund University Scholarship

CLASS (California Landscape Architecture Student Scholarship) Fund scholarship selection criteria includes student financial need, potential success in the profession, academic status, community involvement, and leadership capabilities. CLASS brings together landscape architects, contractors, suppliers, and affiliated members of the green industry for interaction and fellowship while generating operational and endowment funds for scholarships, internships and fellowships at institutions offering curriculums in landscape architecture and industry-related fields of study.


5th Year Awards

Department Recognition Award for Academic Excellence

Department Recognition Award for Service to the Department

Department Recognition Award for Design Excellence

Department Recognition Award for Design Process

Department Recognition Award for Best in Show

Department Student Recognition Golden Eagle Award


CAED Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available each year which is administered through Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design. For information on the CAED scholarships which are open to LA majors, go to the CAED Scholarships web page. 

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