Frits Loonsten Memorial Scholarship Award

Frits Loonsten Scholarship CoverFor Students Pursuing Landscape Related Studies

WHO was Frits Loonsten?

Frits Loonsten was one of this country’s finest landscape architects. Born in the Netherlands in 1909, Frits was the youngest graduate of the Royal School of Horticulture in Boskoop. After immigrating to the United States, he learned from renowned landscape architects such as Erick Bushholtz and Jens Jensen. Frits’ naturalistic style, attention to detail, and love of plants was much sought after. He created landscapes for the homes of many prominent Indianapolis families. Among them were L.S. Ayres, James L. Kittle, Sr., Eli Lilly, Allen W. Clowes, and Herman C. Krannert. He became the official landscape architect of Indiana University in 1940.

Through the years is designs have received national acclaim, among them, Lilly Center, Indiana Convention Center, and the Peters Residence in West Lafayette. He landscaped numerous Home Show houses, Decorator Show houses and every Flower and Patio Show during his lifetime.

Frits pursued excellence in the knowledge of landscaping and its application in design and installation. It is for this reason that this scholarship is aptly named.

WHAT careers are available in the Landscape industry?

The Landscape Industry is over a 1.5 billion-dollar industry in Indiana and employs thousands of people.

These are some of the careers available:

  • landscape architects and designers;
  • landscape contracting, management, construction and maintenance;
  • turf management;
  • interiorscape and maintenance;
  • nursery / greenhouse propagation and production;
  • retail operations and management.
2016 Frits Loonsten Memorial Scholarship Award Winner.

2016 Frits Loonsten Memorial Scholarship Award Winner.

WHERE can you attend college?

BS degree:

  • Ball State University. Muncie, Indiana
  • Purdue University. West Lafayette, Indiana

Associates degree:

  • Vincennes University. Vincennes, Indiana

HOW do you qualify for the scholarship?

You must be at least a second year student in a bachelor’s program or a first year student in an associate program with a landscape architects, Turf Management or Horticulture related major. Awards will be based on academic merit, personal qualities and interests, letters of recommendation and interest in the landscape industry.

The scholarship amount varies from year to year. At its discretion, the scholarship committee may award more than one scholarship per year with the total yearly award(s) set at a minimum of $6,000 to be given to one or multiple recipients. It is at the discretion of the scholarship committee and the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Landscape Association (ILA) as to how they will distribute the percentage of those funds in the form of a scholarship.

The scholarship, itself, is funded by various annual events. These events are presented by the ILA and are aided by many local and state-wide businesses and individuals within those businesses that help sponsor and participate in the events.

WHEN must you submit your application?

Applications must be received by April 1st. Winners will be notified by June 1st.

Applications must be completed via the electronic form below or mailed to:

Indianapolis Landscape Association
4000 West 106th Street, suite 160
Carmel, IN 46032

* Please attach your college transcript via e-mail or send them by mail by April 1st. Also attach or mail any letters of recommendations.
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