Frederick Gage Todd National Scholarship

Illustration of the TOWN OF MOUNT ROYAL- MODEL CITY as designed by Frederick Gage Todd, c. 1912, Source: Town of Mount Royal Archives 

Inaugural Frederick Gage Todd National Scholarship in 2021

Applications are due on or before Monday, May 3rd, 2021.

LACF is pleased to announce the inaugural Frederick Gage Todd National Scholarship (FGTNS). One prize of $10 000 will be awarded in Summer 2021 to an outstanding Canadian student enrolled in a CSLA-accredited program of landscape architecture. This scholarship recognizes a student who demonstrates exceptional knowledge, skill and commitment directed to the advancement of Canadian landscapes through the practice of landscape architecture.

LACF established this award to:

  • recognize and encourage outstanding scholars who are preparing for entry into the profession;
  • champion design for ecosystem health and human well-being; and
  • celebrate the legacy of Frederick Gage Todd, a founder of the landscape architecture profession in Canada.


* Students must apply for this scholarship. 

Students eligible for this scholarship are those who in Fall 2021 will be enrolled full time in the final year of a CSLA-accredited Master of Landscape Architecture program. Exceptional students who will be in their final year of a CSLA-accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program are also eligible to apply.

LACF welcomes applications from underrepresented groups, including women, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, people of colour, people who identify as LGBTQ or people with disabilities. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status in Canada.

Evaluation Criteria

The winner of the Todd Scholarship will possess the social and environmental awareness as well as the design ability necessary to address society’s aspirations for sustainable ecosystems and healthy human habitats. This will be gauged by evaluating applicants’ professional understanding, ability, motivation and skill in communication as demonstrated in their submission.

Understanding will be evaluated by the applicant’s demonstrated awareness, comprehension and responsiveness to environmental and social influences on landscapes as reflected described in the Canadian Landscape Charter (CLC | CCP).

  • Ability will be judged by the applicant’s demonstrated skill in analysis, concept development, planning and design.
  • Motivation will be measured by the applicant’s academic and professional performance, involvement in extracurricular and professional activities, as well as current and future plans.
  • Communication skill will be assessed by the applicant’s ability to communicate professionally and effectively in written and graphic forms.

Award Adjudication

LACF will appoint a professional jury of professionals to conduct a blind review of applications and nominate the winner of the 2021 Frederick Gage Todd National Scholarship.

Award Schedule

  • May 3rd, 2021 Application deadline
  • May-June 2021 Adjudication of award
  • August 2021 Announcement of scholarship recipient September 2021 50% of funds released
  • January 2022 Remaining funds released

Formal recognition of the scholarship award winner will be made at the CSLA Congress in 2022. The winning scholar will be asked to consent to publication of their name, as well as images and short extracts from their application submission, for publicity purposes.

Application Procedure and Submission Requirements

Request Applicant Number

To apply for this scholarship, the student must first request an applicant number from the Chair of the LACF Scholarship Committee at with the subject line: Request for Applicant Number FGTNS 2021

Complete Application Form

The applicant shall complete the application form available here. Attach a copy of the applicant’s unofficial academic transcript that includes their name and the name of the university as proof of permanent resident status in Canada (if applicable). These documents will not be made available to members of the jury. A second copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcript with their name and university redacted is to be included as item 3 below. 

Prepare Submission Entry

Prepare the submission in either English or French, using 11 point Arial font with 1” margins and 8.5” x 11” format. Ensure the applicant name and university are not identified in this part of the submission. The submission entry shall include the following information in a single combined PDF file:

Resumé – include relevant education, employment, volunteer activities, awards and publications (maximum 2 pages).

Personal statement – a brief personal biography describing formation of your interest in landscape architecture, your approach to landscape architecture and why you qualify for this award (maximum 1 page).

Approach – detail how your interests, approach to landscape architecture and commitment will help to achieve sustainable ecosystems and healthy human habitats in Canada (maximum 2 pages).

Portfolio – graphic examples of your landscape architectural work that best demonstrate your design ability; clearly set out your role in any teamwork that is included (maximum 5 pages).

Letters of reference - a maximum of two letters. Referees should address the scholarship evaluation criteria. At least one letter of reference must be from a full-time landscape architecture faculty member who specifically addresses the applicant’s academic achievements. All letters must refrain from using the applicant’s name; only the student’s Applicant Number or pronouns (he, she, they) may appear in reference letters. Referees must refrain from using firm or university letterhead. Students are responsible for reviewing all letters of reference to ensure their name or information identifying the university has not been included in any documents.

Unofficial academic transcript - with applicant’s name and all university identifiers redacted.


Applicants shall transmit a completed application form and their submission entry by email to: with the subject line: Applicant Number _2021 FGTNS. The email shall contain a brief cover note and a single zip attachment named as follows: First and Last Name_Applicant Number_FGTNS_2021

The attachment shall be a zipped folder which shall include 2 separate files: 

1. A single combined PDF file of the completed Application Form, an academic transcript showing the candidates’ name and university and proof of permanent resident status of Canada to be named: First and Last Name_Applicant Number_Application Form_ FGTNS_2021; and

2. A single combined PDF file of a maximum of 15 MB of the applicant’s submission and support material from point 3, with all personal and university identifiers removed, to be named: Applicant Number_Submission Entry_FGTNS_2021. 

Applications are due on or before Friday, May 3rd, 2021.

Supplementary notes:

Incomplete or non-compliant applications may be excluded from consideration.

LACF reserves the right to not make an award if no outstanding candidate is nominated.

Questions may be submitted to the LACF | FAPC Scholarship Committee Chair at: with the subject line: FGTNS Inquiry.

Who was Frederick Gage Todd? 

Todd c. 1909, Mccord Museum Archives . CREDITS_ Wm. Notman & Son, Copyright: © Musée McCord, Source : McCord Museum, #II-175018

For nearly half a century Frederick G. Todd planned, designed and carried out "public and private works of beautification and utility with nature herself as partner." He was the first resident landscape architect in Canada and for most of his professional life was one of only a small number of landscape architects and town planners committed to the art and practice of structuring urban growth in the first half of this century throughout Canada.  A published author, Todd was a passionate advocate of the wise use of the natural resource base and he devoted much time and energy to a variety of civic institutions and professional organisations