Blythe Worstell Named 2014 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist


Knowlton landscape architecture senior Blythe Worstell has been named an undergraduate 2014 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist in the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program, the premier national award program for landscape architecture students. Worstell was one six finalists chosen from a nominated field of 45 graduate students and 30 undergraduates currently pursuing landscape architecture degrees at American universities.

Each year, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) names one graduate and one undergraduate student as the National Olmsted Scholar at that respective level. This year, in addition to those two winners, a total of three graduate students, and three undergraduate students – including Worstell – were named Olmsted Finalists. These eight individuals share the designation of “2014 University Olmsted Scholars” and join the community of 318 past and present alumni of the Olmsted Scholars Program.

National Olmsted Scholars are chosen by an independent jury of landscape architecture professionals. In its press release announcing this year’s winners, LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch stated: ”“The Landscape Architecture Foundation is delighted to recognize and support these exceptional young leaders who will be the next generation of designers, spokespeople, and change agents to lead and advance the landscape architecture profession.” Worstell’s award letter stated that her “experience, talent, and leadership potential were among the most impressive in the group of undergraduate-level scholars.” In addition to her Olmsted recognition, Worstell has previously been awarded a Knowlton Faculty Prize in Landscape Architecture, been named Outstanding Landscape Student of the Year, and won a US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship grant to travel to China and pursue intensive language studies.

Students from the school’s Landscape Architecture Section have been recognized by the Olmsted Scholars program several times in recent years:

  • In 2013, McKenzie Wilhelm was named the undergraduate 2013 Nation Olmsted Scholar, while Knowlton alumna, Leann Andrews was named the top graduate Olmsted Scholar.
  • In 2012, Master of Landscape Architecture student Brett Kordenbrock was named a University Olmsted Scholar.

As a national Olmsted Scholar Finalist, Worstell will receive a $1,000 award and complimentary travel for two to the LAF Annual Benefit this November in Denver, where she will attend a luncheon with the LAF Board of Directors and program sponsors.