4 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
- Vice President, UMD Student American Society of Landscape Architects
- UMD Bicycle Valet Coordinator
- Commencement Speaker, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Neighborhood Design Center Baltimore: helped create pro-bono green landscape designs
- NYC Dept. of Transportation: assisted in the execution and development of green transportation initiatives
- Volunteer English Teacher in Taiwan
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
The Erik B. Young Scholarship enabled me to travel abroad to Costa Rica for a 10-week sustainable design course and exposed me to a completely new learning environment. Being exposed to the Costa Rican culture through staying with a host family and interacting with the townpeople was an amazing experience--I also learned a lot from working alongside students of varying design disciplines from the other participating universities. This experience, made possible by the scholarship, has been strongly influential in my desired future career in designing sustainable landscapes.
By lifting some of my financial burden, the Kenneth S. Fowler Memorial Endowment has allowed me to not only focus more on my studies, but expand my extracurricular activities to helping others. Thanks to the endowment, I was able to decrease work hours in favor of spending more time to mentor students in my teaching assistant position and to encourage greater collaboration within the landscape architecture department as vice president of the student chapter.