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 are eligible for support for any type of project that addresses the broad objectives of the fund. Past awards have ranged from $200 to $2750.

The objectives of the Penny White Student Projects Fund are:

  • To promote creative thought by providing students with an opportunity to pursue their own projects,
  • To promote the development and dissemination of a land ethic which integrates the preservation and enhancement of natural systems through studies of design, ecology and natural science, and
  • 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, and soil mechanics.

Project Reports before 2009 are available in the Loeb Library of The Graduate School of Design.

For information on applying to the Penny White Fund, please see the Penny White Call for Proposals.