Latinos and Planning Division Scholarship

Applications Due: March 1, 2019, 11:59 P.M.

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.


Eligible applicants shall be Latino students who intend to work as a practicing professional planner in the non-profit, public or private sector and are:

  • Must be currently enrolled in either of the following:
    • Third or fourth year undergraduate students in a planning program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).
    • or
    • First or second year graduate students in a planning program accredited by the PAB
  • Must be a student member of the Latinos and Planning Division at the time of the application submission deadline.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the LAP scholarship shall submit all of the following:

  • 1 to 2-page personal and background statement written by the student, describing their interest in a career in planning and describing what impact the students wants to make in the planning field related to Latino communities or the profession;
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor, a community leader, or current or past employer in support of the student's application and personal background statement.
  • Official transcript of current course of study (for current students) or a copy of an acceptance letter from a PAB-accredited graduate planning school (for incoming students); and
  • Resume of work experience and background.

An email verification of application receipt will be sent to the participant by the LAP Scholarship coordinator.

Selection Criteria

The LAP Executive Committee will review applications and determine award winner. Applications will be judged using the following criteria, listed in order of importance:

  • The significance of the applicant's personal and background statement
  • The content in the letter of recommendation; and
  • Academic achievement and/or service or impacts made in the Latino community or the planning profession.

As part of the selection process and at the sole option of the Executive Committee, the top applicants may be required to participate in a telephone interview with members of the committee.

The Award Process

The Executive Committee will convene in March 2019 to review applications and identify the award recipient. The Committee will identify the top three participants and issue the award to the highest ranked. In the event that the winner cannot fulfill the requirements of the scholarship, the award will be granted to the next ranked participant. Award recipients are required to provide an emailed acceptance of the award to the LAP Chair within ten (10) calendar days of receiving an award notification message. With the acceptance of the money, the award recipient will be asked to provide a photo and short bio to be featured the next LAP newsletter.

Important dates applicable to the LAP Scholarship Program:

Submittal Deadline
March 1, 2019

Award Announced
April 2019 during National Planning Conference

Please scan and email the required documents with 'LAP 2019 Scholarship' in the subject line to the Scholarship Coordinator:

Fred Solis, AICP

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