Latinos and Planning Division Scholarship

About the Program

The Latinos and Planning Division (LAP) of the American Planning Association (APA) strives to address planning issues affecting Latino communities in the U.S. as well increase Latinos in the profession. The purpose of the LAP scholarship program is to foster increased interest in the study of urban planning within the Latino student population at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.

The program is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students and first and second year masters degree students. One scholarship of $500 will be awarded to be used for fees, books, or academic materials.


2016 Scholarship Recipient

Brandon Z. Ruiz, Arizona State University

Brandon is a recent graduate from Arizona State University, having graduated with a bachelor’s of science in Urban Planning and a bachelor’s of science in Sustainability. He will go on to pursue a master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning degree this fall. His main points of interest are in energy, community development and the interconnections between the natural and built environment. He has had the opportunity to be involved with local schools, neighborhoods, and businesses in various applied research projects throughout his time at ASU. Along with being a member of multiple student organizations, he has also held leadership positions in Green Light Solutions, a student run sustainability consulting organization, and the Honor Society for Sustainability, a professional skill-building and networking oriented organization. He will take a position as treasurer for the Student Planning Association at ASU come this fall. At the international level, he has studied sustainable urban development in Spain and Morocco, as well as Mandarin Chinese in China. Currently, he holds a position as Program Associate with the Sonoran Institute working under the Western Lands and Communities Program, a joint initiative with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. In this program he works at the nexus of commerce, community, and conservation through helping inform urban policies and environmental conservation efforts in the North American West.

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