New Urbanism Division Gina Tirinnanzi Memorial Scholarship

The deadline has passed.


Gina Tirinnanzi, AICP, was a founding member of the New Urbanism Division of the American Planning Association. Gina graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture, which was followed by a Master's Degree in planning from George Washington University, where she discovered the still-young New Urbanism movement. During her career in both the public and private sectors, she had a passion for implementing the principles of New Urbanism on the site and neighborhood levels. Gina felt that New Urbanism was a critical component of urban planning and design, and she traveled extensively to study projects throughout the US and Europe. She served as a mentor to students and young professionals, and she helped to create the Division in order to make New Urbanism relevant and accessible to practicing planners. Fulfilling a personal goal to become a certified planner, Gina passed the AICP exam; she did this despite an ongoing battle with cancer that finally claimed her life in 2010. She left behind her husband, three daughters, and a passion for New Urbanism that this Division strives to equal.

In an effort to commemorate Gina's contribution to the Division and to further the Division's desire to spread the word about New Urbanism to our next generation of planners, we established the Gina Tirinnanzi Memorial Scholarship in 2011.  Division leadership is renewing their commitment to student planners by offering this scholarship again, to be presented at the APA National Conference.



Applications are invited from students enrolled in PAB, NAAB, or LAAB-accredited programs (both bachelors and masters) and recent graduates from across the U.S. The $1000 scholarship will be awarded on the basis of a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and an original student paper or work. The original student submission should be 2,000 to 2,500 words and speak to practitioners about a substantive topic related to New Urbanism and planning.


Immigration/emigration and New Urbanism
The theme is not a requirement for submission, but those submissions that address the theme will receive additional points during the evaluation process.


  • Must be a participant in APA's Early Career Program and a memeber of the New Urbanism Division of the American Planning Association no later than one month after the submittal deadline
  • Must be a student or recent graduate of a PAB, NAAB, or LAAB-accredited program. Both Masters and Bachelors degree programs are acceptable.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the author(s), primarily created during the enrollment as a student. Submittals should be approximately 2,000-2,500 words, in a format appropriate for publication in the division newsletter. Supporting graphics, photos, illustrations, etc. are permissible and encouraged.
    • For fairness, theses are not generally acceptable due to length, but summary of a thesis may be submitted.
    • Similarly, videos and graphics-only presentations are not acceptable by themselves as they are not readily reproducible in print.
  • Must submit a complete application package, including a recommendation from a faculty member
  • Group submittals are acceptable, with the award amount split evenly among the authors
    • If submitted by a group, ALL authors must be division members
  • Entries will be reviewed by a committee of NUD members and invited reviewers. Submittals will be evaluated on the amount of new research, applicability to the planning profession, relevance to the theme, technical merit, and creativity.

Detailed award descriptions:

  • First place: $1000 scholarship for education or travel, publication of the work in the New Urbanism in Practice newsletter, and the opportunity to present the project at the NUD annual meeting at the national conference
  • Second place: publication in the New Urbanism in Practice newsletter, and the opportunity to present the project at the NUD annual meeting at the national conference
  • Other entries may be held for future publication in the New Urbanism in Practice newsletter


All of the following materials must be submitted by the deadline to constitute a complete scholarship application:

  • Completed and signed application form (available on the Division website).
  • A brief personal and background statement written by the student, describing their interest in a career in planning and describing what impact the student wants to make as a practicing planner. The statement should be no more than 400 words.
  • One letter of recommendation in support of the student's application and career goals, written by a faculty member.
  • Verification of student enrollment (for current students) or a copy of diploma (for New Planners) in/from a Planning Accreditation Board, National Architectural Accrediting Board, or Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board accredited program.
  • The paper or work being submitted in pdf format. The paper or work should be marked with the authors' APA member number(s), but not name(s).
    Please note, if awarded the scholarship, a text-only version and separate image files will need to be submitted in order to meet publication requirements.
  • For group submissions, the group may submit one application form, personal statement, and faculty letter, but each group member must submit enrollment verification.

For questions regarding the scholarship application and submission requirements, please contact the scholarship coordinator Nathan Bilger,, or Division Chair Martin Scribner,

Previous Recipients


Jose Vela, Lisandra Nunez, Ernesto Morales, and Luzyanis Fraga, students at the University of Miami in Florida, were named recipients of the 2012 Gina Tirinnanzi Memorial Scholarship for their group project.

The winners received their scholarship awards at the 2012 APA National Planning Conference in Los Angeles.