The American Planning Association mission is to advance the art and science of planning through philanthropic activities that provide access to educational opportunities, enrich the public dialogue about planning, and advance social equity in the profession and in our communities. American Planning Association Foundation scholarships awards are to make the planning profession more diverse and accessible to those of limited means. The Scholarship awards are made to students enrolled in degree programs in planning.
American Planning Association researches to deepen and spread the impact of planning across all communities, the Foundation is committed to supporting research, providing planners with evidence-based tools and practical solutions to help communities plan for future challenges. The scholarships awards will give financial help to planning students, especially women, minorities, and others who are underrepresented in the planning profession.
The Scholarships awards will make the planning profession more diverse and accessible to those of limited means and help to attract the best and brightest new talent. Through community help, the American Planning Association extends expert planning services, including disaster recovery and mitigation planning, to underserved, resource-limited communities in the United States and abroad through Community Planning Assistance Teams and other planning resources.
American Planning Association Foundation Scholarships Details
Judith McManus Price Scholarship
Judith McManus Price is a planner for more than 30 years before her death, she was an exceptional woman with extraordinary talents that she freely shared, not only with her family and friends, but also with her community, her colleagues, and her profession. She served the public sector in a variety of planning positions facing challenges with strength and optimism — her trademark. Her husband, Thomas Price, continues her gift of sharing with a generous endowment to the Judith McManus Price Scholarship to help women and minority students enter the field of planning.
Women or minority (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American) undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an approved Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) planning program. Students must be citizens of the United States.
This scholarship is awarded annually to students intending to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector and who are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need. Awards will range between $2,000 and $5,000. Send questions and applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Abrams Scholarship
Charles Abrams was an internationally recognized authority on housing and urban affairs who died in 1970. Throughout his career, he exhibited an active wish to help students in planning programs. In his honor, the American Planning Association administers a scholarship fund established by his widow and a number of his colleagues.
Graduate students who are enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment at one of the five schools at which Charles Abrams taught (see below): Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT, New School University, or the University of Pennsylvania. Students must be citizens of the United States.
This scholarship is awarded annually to students intending to pursue careers as practicing planners and who are able to prove a genuine financial need. One award of $2,000 is made. Students must be nominated by the program’s department chair; applications must be submitted through a student’s planning program.
Students from the following schools are eligible for the Abrams Scholarship Awards
– Columbia University, Division of Urban Planning
– Harvard University, Urban Planning Program (Master in Urban Planning) Harvard Graduate School of Design (formerly Harvard University, City & Regional Planning Program of the Graduate School of Architecture and Design)
– Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies & Planning
– New School University, Urban Policy Analysis & Management Program, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy (formerly New School for Social Research, New York, Department for Urban Affairs & Policy Analysis)
– The University of Pennsylvania, Department of City & Regional Planning. Send questions and applications to email@example.com
The goals of the American Planning Association Foundation scholarships are to make the planning profession more accessible to people with limited means and to attract the best, brightest, and most talented people to the planning profession. By providing scholarships to students of great merit and from historically underrepresented groups we make our profession more representative of and more responsive to the diverse communities it serves.