Steven J. Ladislaus Memorial Scholarship

Background for the Scholarship
The Ladislaus Scholarship was created in 1980 to acknowledge the loss of a young fellow professional whose enthusiasm for architecture and design has been a continuing inspiration to all who knew him. Prior to succumbing to Hodgkin's disease at the age of 33, Steve J. Ladislaus won several design awards, including an AIA Award of Merit for the Jordan Residence. He died just six months after becoming a licensed Architect.
The Criteria for Awarding the Scholarship
The Scholarship is awarded to students in the third, fourth, fifth year or a Master’s degree program. It is intended to recognize excellent design ability and dedication.
The Scholarship may be presented to students who express a strong enthusiasm for design; not only architectural, but in all related areas such as graphics, interiors, landscaping and industrial design. The recipient will be attending one of these accredited Schools of Architecture:

Arizona State University
University of Arizona
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
University of Southern California
Southern California Institute of Architecture
Newschool of Architecture & Design, San Diego
Woodbury University, San Diego


  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Submit a recent example of your work. Please see the “Criteria” requirements at the bottom of the second page of the application for the format criteria of the example to be submitted. The presentation of the portfolio/example that is submitted will also be a consideration of the applicant’s design enthusiasm and abilities. All submitted information and media will become the property of the San Diego Architectural Foundation. The media submitted by the applicant may be published in press releases, notifications, letters, professional bulletins, newspapers, magazines, web sites and other publicly and privately published sources as deemed necessary by the San Diego Architectural Foundation without compensation to the applicant.
  3. The applicants must include with the submittal information a brief
    statement indicating the intended use of the Scholarship award and how the award will advance the applicant’s education or career.
  4. The applicant must also include the following on a CD, that is sealed and will only be opened after the committee's judging of their submittal:
    • A recent photo of the applicant.
    • A digital copy of all of the information and project(s) being submitted.
    • Any support text or narrative about the project(s) being submitted.
    • All contact information including the applicant's name, mailing address, telephone number and email address.
  5. If the applicant is selected, they will be required to provide their Social Security number for SDAF's tax reporting requirements.

Deadline for Submittal

Please contact SDAF via email at for current application and submittal deadlines. 

Recipient’s Required Statement of Use for the Scholarship
Applicants must include with their submittal information a statement indicating how the Scholarship award will be applied towards their tuition.
Application Form
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A Required Response from the Recipient
If you are selected as a recipient of the Scholarship, you will be required to write a letter to the San Diego Architectural Foundation indicating the impact it has, or will have on your architectural education or future professional career.
Results of the Scholarship Committee’s Review
It is anticipated that the recipient of the Scholarship will be determined by (tba). Notification of the Committee's selection will be posted on the SDAF's website. The recipients will be notified anda check and a certificate of recognition will be forwarded to the recipient if all required information, as noted above, has been provided.

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