The APA Foundation scholarships aim to make the planning profession more accessible to individuals with limited means and to attract the best, brightest, and most talented individuals 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 therefore more responsive to — the diverse communities it serves.
Below are examples of scholarships supported by the APA Foundation's Scholarships Initiative.
One facet of the APA Foundation's mission is advancing social equity in the profession and in our communities. In support of this mission, the Foundation offers the APA Foundation Diversity Scholarship. Recipients of the APA Foundation Diversity Scholarship will advance social equity in the profession and demonstrate academic success.
Women, people of color and indigenous descent, veterans, disabled persons, and members of the LGBTQ community who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)-approved programs. Applicants must be APA members; membership for students is free.
This scholarship is awarded annually to students intending to pursue careers as practicing planners who will diversify the profession and who are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need.
Applicants must have at least 2 (two) recommendation letters submitted on their behalf.
For the 2023 cycle we will be awarding 10 scholarships at $5,000 each.
Charles Abrams was an internationally recognized authority on housing and urban affairs who died in 1970. Throughout his career, he exhibited an active desire 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.
The Judith McManus Price Scholarship for Women and Minorities in Planning was established in 2002 through the generosity of her husband and children. Judith Price was an exceptional planner in Texas and New Mexico. The scholarship fund was created to encourage women and minorities to enter the field of planning, and to help planning students who have demonstrated financial need.