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 that same year, her family established this fund to offer financial support for student projects. The goal was to “carry forward Penny’s ideal of a culture that emphasizes a close relationship between people and nature in a cohesive living environment.”

All students across the GSD at the graduate and doctoral levels are eligible for support for any 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 their own original projects.
  • Promote the development of a land ethic, which integrates the preservation and enhancement of natural systems through studies of design, ecology, and natural science.
  • Provide opportunities for students to diversify their graduate study in areas both within and outside the normal curriculum, for example, such fields as geomorphology, microclimatology, and soil mechanics.

The 2022 application cycle is currently closed.

Please visit: for details on how to apply.

The Fund also offers the GSD-Courances Residency Program. For more information about this unique opportunity, please visit