Landscape architecture student selected for Massie Family Endowed Fellowship

Zochil Castro has been selected for the Massie Family Endowed Fellowship for a $1,500 scholarship to design a central trail system with the Yakima Area Arboretum. Castro, a third year landscape architecture student, will have spring and summer of 2018 to work on the project under the guidance of Jolie Kaytes, an associate professor and program head for landscape architecture.

The Duward and Carolyn Massie family scholarship was established by Duward Massie (BS ‘52 Agronomy) and his late wife, Carolyn (Former Student, Nursing), with their children Jennifer (MS ’79 Vocational Technical Education and Teaching Certificate), Jeffrey (BS ’83 Civil Engineering), Jessica (Former Student, Food Science), Jody (BA ’90 Education and Teaching Certificate), and Jill. In addition, two sons-in-law and grandchildren attended WSU, as well as Duward’s brother, Dale (BS ’54 Agronomy).

Duward worked as a career plant scientist, and has used his education, talents, and experiences in a variety of volunteer roles at the Yakima Area Arboretum for more than 40 years. The Arboretum’s mission is “To inspire people of all ages to discover and connect with nature through a diverse collection of trees and shrubs hardy to the Inland Northwest.” Duward called the Arboretum “a community treasure.” His goal in establishing the family endowment at WSU is to “marry the two places” he is passionate about in a relationship that benefits both.

Last year, junior landscape architecture student Ian Conrardy received the Massie Family Endowed Fellowship.

The Massie Fellowship was created to help Washington State University students gain real-world, mentored experience in their academic areas of interest, and to complete projects with, and for, the Yakima Area Arboretum.


(photo credit: Jason Larson Photography)