Latinos and Planning Division Scholarship

Applications Due March 17, 2017

About the Program

The Latinos and Planning Division (LAP) 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 practicing professional planners in the non-profit, public or private sector and are currently enrolled in either of the following:

Application Requirements

Applicants shall submit ALL of the following by March 17, 2017:

  • 1-2 page personal statement written by the student, describing their interest in a career in planning and describing what impact the student wants to make in the planning field related to Latino communities and 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 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.

Please scan and e-mail the required documents with "LAP 2017 Scholarship"in the subject line to Fred Solis, AICP. The Scholarship Coordinator will confirm application receipt via e-mail.

Selection Criteria

The LAP Executive Committee will review applications and determine award winners. 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 discretion of the Executive Committee, top applicants may be required to participate in a telephone interview with committee members.

The Award Process

Award announced March 30, 2017

The Executive Committee will review applications and identify award recipients in March. 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 e-mailed acceptance of the award to the LAP Chair within ten (10) calendar days of receiving an award notification letter. With the acceptance of the money, the award recipient will be featured the next LAP newsletter.

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.

Past Recipients

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