Winifred G. (Penny) White had just completed her second year of the MLA program when she died suddenly of leukemia in 1976. In her memory, her family established a fund within the GSD to offer financial support for student projects. The projects are to “carry forward Penny’s ideal of a culture which emphasizes a close relationship between people and nature in a cohesive living environment.”

All students enrolled at the GSD in landscape architecture and allied design disciplines, across the graduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels, are eligible for support for any type of project that addresses the broad objectives of the fund. Past awards have ranged from $200 to $4,500.

The objectives of the Penny White Project Fund are:

  • To promote creative thought by providing students with an opportunity to pursue and deepen their own design and research projects.
  • To promote the development and dissemination of a land ethic which integrates the preservation, conservation and enhancement of natural systems through studies of design, ecology and natural science.
  • To provide opportunities for students to diversify their graduate study into areas which might not be available within the normal academic curriculum, in fields such as geomorphology, microclimatology, oceanography, fluid dynamics, and soil mechanics.

Proposals must be submitted to the Department of Landscape Architecture ( by January 5, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. For important information and proposal guidelines, please visit:

For additional information regarding the GSD-Courances Residency Program, offered through the Penny White Project Fund, please visit: