Atlantic Provinces

The Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects (APALA), in collaboration with LACF and other organizations, has established 2 scholarship awards for the Atlantic region:

  1. Peter Klynstra Memorial Scholarship
  2. Atlantic Landscape / Dalhousie Scholarship

Dalhousie University in Truro, Nova Scotia, currently offers a Bachelor of Technology in Landscape Architecture.  The program is in the process of accreditation.

LA Students at work_ Dalhousie University, Truro Campus / Image: Nick Pierce

1. Peter Klynstra Memorial Scholarship *

Context and description 

The Peter Klynstra Memorial Scholarship, established in collaboration with the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects (APALA), was created to honour practitioner and teacher Peter Klynstra, and his significant contributions in the field of landscape architecture. The inaugural scholarship was awarded in 2014.

This $1,000 scholarship is intended to support students from the Atlantic Provinces who are to study landscape architecture in an accredited Canadian university. 

Criteria and award process

*Students must apply.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student entering the second or later year of landscape architectural study in an accredited LA undergraduate or graduate program in Canada. The successful applicant will have excellent grades, take an active interest in professional activities and express the strong intention to practice in Atlantic Canada. Students who share Peter’s passion for the profession of landscape architecture are invited to apply for this Scholarship. 

Applications received by the end of September are reviewed by APALA selection committee. The nomination is approved by LACF and award presented in the Fall semester. Applications should be addressed to: Peter Klynstra Memorial Scholarship / APALA Scholarship Committee: 

Who was Peter Klynstra? 


Peter Klynstra, Landscape Architect, spent more than 20 years as a design professor in Environmental Planning at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and then at Dalhousie University during which time he mentored many students. He passed away too soon in 2014. In his over 40 years of practice as a landscape architect, Peter Klynstra was involved in major projects relating to waterfront planning, institutional land planning and development research. In addition to his innovative design talents, Klynstra was highly sought after for his expertise in community consultation and was a strong advocate for the voice of the community in planning projects. But perhaps he is best known for his energy and enthusiasm to help on projects large or small with his limitless stream of ideas and encouragement. In 2011 the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects bestowed its President’s Award upon Klynstra in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the profession. 

Klynstra Scholars

  • 2020:  Caitlyn Weir (MLA candidate, University of Guelph)
  • 2019:  Kendra Cheeseman (MLA candidate, University of Guelph)
  • 2018:  Beth Bray, (BLA candidate, University of Guelph)
  • 2017:  Aiden Fudge, (MLA candidate, University of Guelph)
  • 2016:  Emma TarBush, (MLA candidate, University of Guelph)
  • 2015:  Aislin Livingstone, (MLA candidate, University of Guelph)
  • 2014:  Nathan Macloed, (MLA candidate, University of Manitoba)  


  • APALA Regional Partner
  • Klynstra family and friends
  • Colleagues and friends from CSLA, APALA and the development community.
  • LACF is grateful for the support and generosity of donors who have supported and continue to gift this scholarship fund and help it grow until fully endowed and sustainable.


Image: Dalhousie University_ Architecture

2. Atlantic Landscape / Dalhousie Scholarship *

Context and description 

This Atlantic Landscape Dalhousie Scholarship endowment fund was created in support of students in the Bachelor of Technology in Landscape Architecture program at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture. It was established in 2017 by the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects (APALA) in collaboration with members of the Atlantic Landscape industry and LACF-FAPC. The inaugural award was presented at the APALA Annual General Meeting in October 2017. 

This $1000 scholarship award was created with the purpose of strengthening the LA profession in Atlantic Canada and fostering technological competency in the LA profession and industry.  The annual award also celebrates the establishment of the first professional landscape architecture program in Atlantic Canada at Dalhousie University. 

Criteria and award process

*  Students must apply. 

This Scholarship award is available to students of the Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture, Bachelor of Technology in Landscape Architecture program.  

  • Evaluation criteria include the applicant’s probability of successfully taking up work in landscape technology in the Atlantic region, as indicated by:
  • Academic performance,
  • Demonstrated understanding of professional responsibilities and ethics as indicated by faculty reference,
  • Statement of intention to work in the Atlantic region,
  • Involvement in the extracurricular activities related to the practice of landscape technology,
  • Relevant academic, work or hobby experience related to the program of study, and
  • Ties to the region (areas of study, family, living here).

Applications are received at the end of September with award disbursed in the Fall semester. Applications should be addressed to:  Atlantic Landscape Scholarship / APALA Scholarship Committee: 

Atlantic Landscape Scholars 

  • 2020: Victoria Moffatt, University of Guelph
  • 2019: Selena DeWolf
  • 2018: Tara Kehler, Dalhousie University 
  • 2017: Joan Cole, Dalhousie University 


LACF and the APALA Scholarship committee are pleased to have the enthusiastic support of landscape industry groups to establish this Scholarship including the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA), Landscape New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (LNB/PEI), Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador (LNL), Landscape Nova Scotia (LNS), 

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