Scholarship Guide

Urban Planning Scholarship Guide

2020-21

Urban planning is an exciting field to enter into for anyone who likes to be involved with the building and development of society from the ground up. Urban, regional and community planners are responsible for planning all of the spaces in which we live.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average mean wage for urban planners in the United States as of May 2019 is $77,750. States in which urban planners work and make salaries higher than the national average include the District of Columbia, New York, California, Oregon and Washington.

In order to work in the field of urban planning, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is usually necessary. Many planning jobs, however, require a graduate degree. Whatever school(s) you ultimately attend should hold accreditation through the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) of the American Planning Association (APA).

We all know that the cost of a college education, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, is skyrocketing. Luckily, there are some urban planning-specific scholarships that can help you to achieve your goal of becoming an urban and/or regional planner.

Criteria Used to Qualify for an Urban Planning Scholarship

When you are applying for an urban planning scholarship, each sponsorship fund will have its own criteria that you must meet. Some scholarships are school-based and require that you are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate planning-related program at that school.

Most urban planning scholarships will require, at a minimum, that you are studying urban planning or a closely related field. A GPA of 3.0 or above is the typical academic requirement that you must meet and keep during the course of the scholarship.

Other scholarships might be tailored to a certain sex, race, ethnicity or location. Another major requirement for many of these urban planning scholarships is that you demonstrate financial need. This will be done by documenting it using your (or your parents’) tax returns.

Don’t be surprised if a scholarship application also asks for your transcripts, resume and an essay. You will often need to show that you have a passion for urban, regional and community planning through answering essay questions. A well-crafted, well-thought-out answer can place you ahead of other applicants and help you to win the award!

Best Bets for Urban Planning Scholarships

Scholarship hunting starts with the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend or at which you are enrolled. Many schools offer urban planning scholarships tailored to your individual needs. Others might offer university-wide scholarships for all students for which you are eligible.

Planning Organizations Offering Scholarships

As you will see below, many of the leading urban planning organizations sponsor scholarships for students. These include, but are not limited to, the American Planning Association (APA), state chapters of the APA, and the American Institute of Architecture (AIA).

Urban Planning Scholarships by State

The following listing offers urban planning scholarships that are either specific to a certain state or to students attending schools within that state. Some of these are for undergraduate students, some are targeted to graduate students, and some are offered to both. Not all states offer urban planning-related scholarships at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. If your chosen state does not offer the scholarship you desire for your educational level, consult the Non-State-Related Urban Planning Scholarships listed after this section.

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

Alabama

1890 Agricultural Scholarship – Alabama A&M University

Benefit: varies, from full to partial scholarships

Eligibility:

  • Must be an incoming freshman or transfer student in the undergraduate programs of Urban & Regional Planning, Environmental Science, and other related majors enrolled full-time
  • Must maintain a 2.8 GPA

Alaska

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Alaska Chapter Scholarships

Benefit: $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must be an Alaska resident
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited School of Architecture at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Must have completed six or more credits towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Must submit letter of recommendation from faculty member

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Dec 13

Arizona

Brian & Leah Swanton Urban Planning Scholarship – Arizona State University

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be an undergraduate urban planning student at Arizona State University

Other details:

  • Application deadline: March 13

Arkansas

Charles C. Hill, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Architecture and Design – University of Arkansas

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate in the Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design at University of Arkansas
  • Preference given to those who graduated from a Missouri or Arkansas high school
  • Must be entering your third, fourth or fifth year of undergraduate program
  • Must have a 2.75 GPA

California

AIA San Diego Graduate Architecture Scholarship – New School of Architecture and Design

Benefit: up to $20,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be planning to pursue a graduate degree at New School of Architecture and Design
  • Must support mission of the Center for Healthy Environments at New School
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA

Association for Women in Architecture Scholarship

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a female student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate college degree program studying architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, land planning, interior design, or environmental design
  • Must be a resident of California or attending a California college or university
  • Must have completed at least 18 credits in your major

Eric Hall Scholarship – Coastal Community Foundation

Benefit: $500 to $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a student from the Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Dieguito, San Marcos or Vista High School District
  • Must be pursuing a degree (level unspecified) in urban and city planning, public administration, architecture, civil engineering, structural management or related areas
  • Must show financial need
  • Must demonstrate community service
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA

Other details:

  • Application deadline: April 1

Colorado

University of Colorado Denver Master of Urban & Regional Planning Scholarship Fund

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be an enrolled or incoming graduate student in the Master of Urban & Regional Planning Program at the University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver Master of Urban & Regional Planning Diversity Scholarship

Benefit: varies, up to $5000

Eligibility:

  • Must be an incoming graduate student in the Master of Urban & Regional Planning Program at the University of Colorado Denver
  • Must be of a diverse racial or ethnic background

Connecticut

Connecticut Architects Foundation Scholarship

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a current or long-time Connecticut resident
  • Must either be employed at a Connecticut architectural firm or be planning to attend a Connecticut accredited college for architecture
  • Must be a full-time college student at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Must have either completed two years towards a NAAB-accredited architectural program leading to a B-ARCH degree, be currently enrolled in an unaccredited undergrad program and accepted to a NAAB-accredited master’s program, or be a student in an NAAB accredited master’s program

Other details:

  • Application deadline: May 20

Connecticut Building Congress Scholarships

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be graduating from a Connecticut high school
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in planning, architecture or related field
  • Must demonstrate academic merit
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Other details:

  • Application deadline: March 6

NEBHE Tuition Break- Springfield Technical Community College

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in the undergraduate Urban Studies AA program at Springfield Technical Community College
  • Must be a resident of Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont

Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Scholarship – University of Connecticut

Benefit: $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in a PAB-accredited undergraduate or graduate planning program
  • Preference given to those who have lived, worked or studied in Westchester County, New York

Other details:

  • Application deadline: April 24

Delaware

Biden School of Public Policy & Administration Graduate ScholarshipsUniversity of Delaware

Benefit: 10 to 50 percent tuition scholarship
Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student in the University of Delaware’s Biden School of Public Policy & Administration

Florida

Judith Mucci Scholarship Fund – University of Florida College of Design, Construction & Planning

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be an incoming student (level unspecified) at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction & Planning
  • Must be from the East Central Florida area
  • Must show outstanding professional promise

Georgia

University of Georgia College of Environment & Design Scholarships

Benefit: varies, from $1000 to $4000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate or undergraduate student in the University of Georgia College of Environment & Design
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Must be nominated by a faculty member

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Sept. 1

Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa Dept. of Urban & Regional Planning Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Award

Benefit: up to two years’ graduate tuition

Eligibility:

  • Must be an incoming full-time graduate student in urban and regional planning at University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Must show academic promise

Idaho

Ronald D. Bevans Architecture Award

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a senior graduate student in architecture at the University of Idaho
  • Must be a member of the American Institute of Architects

Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago- Graduate Fellowships for Transportation Planning & Engineering Students- Graduate Program in Computational Transportation Science

Benefit: $30,000 per year for two years, plus full tuition and fees, and funding for international research experiences and domestic travel

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen/permanent resident
  • Must apply to a participating doctoral program at University of Illinois at Chicago (Urban Planning and Policy) AND to the Integrative Graduate Research Education and Traineeship (IGERT) program

Other details:

  • Deadline for applying to PhD. Program at College of Urban Planning and Policy is January 1; IGERT program accepts applications on a rolling basis

Indiana

Richard H. Crosser Memorial Scholarship – Johnson County Community Foundation

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Franklin Community High School or Whiteland Community High School
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA
  • Must be a Franklin, Indiana or Whiteland, Indiana resident
  • Must plan to enroll full-time as an undergraduate at a two- or four-year accredited college/university in Indiana
  • Must plan to pursue a career in Urban Planning or a related field
  • Must display a strong work ethic

Other details:

  • Application deadline: February 28

Iowa

Kovert Hawkins Scholarship – Ball State University

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be an incoming undergraduate freshman/transfer student in the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA and minimum 1500 SAT score

Glenn Sabados Memorial Scholarship – Ball State University

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student in the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning
  • Must have displayed concern for fellow students and the community
  • Must have a strong work ethic
  • Must have a personal philosophy of striving for excellence
  • Preference given to students with financial need
  • Preference given to out-of-state students
  • Faculty must nominate students

Other details:

  • Nomination deadline: April 9

Kansas

Alan Black Scholarship – Urban Planning Program at University of Kansas

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a first-year undergraduate student in the University of Kansas Urban Planning program
  • Must demonstrate academic excellence

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb. 15

UBPL Alumni and Friends Scholarship – Urban Planning Program at University of Kansas

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a first-year undergraduate student in the University of Kansas Urban Planning program
  • Must demonstrate academic excellence

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb. 15

Jim Mayo Scholarship – Urban Planning Program at University of Kansas

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a first-year undergraduate student in the University of Kansas Urban Planning program
  • Must demonstrate academic excellence

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb. 15

University of Kansas Graduate School Fellowship

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student at University of Kansas Urban Planning Program
  • Must demonstrate excellence in undergraduate academic performance

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb. 15

Kentucky

Christian County Master Gardener Educational Scholarship

Benefit: $1000

Eligibility:

  • Must be from Christian County, Kentucky
  • Must be a junior or senior undergraduate student at a Kentucky college or university
  • Must major in urban planning or a related field

Other details:

  • Contact Christian County Master Gardeners at (270) 886-6328 for more information

Louisiana

University of New Orleans Master of Urban & Regional Planning Graduate School Award

Benefit: varies, from $1500 to $7234

Eligibility:

  • Must be a full- or half-time graduate student in the Master of Urban & Regional Planning program at the University of New Orleans
  • For some awards, must have a 3.5 GPA
  • Must be nominated by a faculty member

Maine

NEBHE Tuition Break- Springfield Technical Community College

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate in the Urban Studies AA program at Springfield Technical Community College
  • Must be a resident of Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont

Maryland

Allegany Soil Conservation District Scholarship – Frostburg State University

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate in the Frostburg University Department of Geography with major of Environmental Analysis and Planning or concentration in Environmental Science
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to residents of Allegany County, MD

Other details:

  • Application deadline: March 1

Walter and Annette Brock Environmental Studies Scholarship – Frostburg State University

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled full- or part-time as an undergraduate in the Frostburg University Department of Geography with major of Environmental Analysis and Planning
  • Must have a 3.0 PGA
  • Preference given to residents of Allegany, Garrett counties in MD; Hampshire, Mineral counties in WV; Bedford, Somerset counties in PA

Other details:

  • Application deadline: March 1

Massachusetts

Charles Abrams Scholarship– American Planning Association

Benefit: $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student enrolled in/accepted into one of the following schools:
    • Columbia University Division of Urban Planning
    • Harvard University Urban Planning Program (Master in Urban Planning)
    • Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dept. of Urban Studies & Planning
    • New School University Urban Policy Analysis & Management Program, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy
    • University of Pennsylvania Dept. of City & Regional Planning
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must submit letter of nomination by department chair

Clark University’s Department of International Development, Community and Environment

Benefit: four graduate programs/fellowships up to $48,900 in:

  • Community Development and Planning
  • International Development and Social Change
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student at Clark University’s Dept. of International Development, Community & Environment in one of above-listed programs

Other details:

Harvard University Graduate School of Design- The Pollman Fellowship in Real Estate & Urban Development

Benefit: $30,000 plus medical benefits

Eligibility:

  • Must be a postdoctoral candidate visiting scholar at Harvard University School of Design
  • Must have received your doctorate or have submitted your dissertation for final awarding of the degree
  • Must be enrolled in real estate, urban planning and development, economic development, political economy, urban economics, and other areas in urban planning related to real estate and urban development
  • Must agree to produce at least one publishable paper in a journal, and participate in research workshops during the year

Other details:

  • Deadline for applications is January 15

Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies – Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a currently enrolled graduate student or undergraduate junior or senior at Harvard University in urban landscape studies
  • Must submit three letters of recommendation

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb 1

Michigan

Taubman College Merit-Based Graduate Scholarships- University of Michigan

Benefit: varies, $5000 to full tuition

Eligibility:

  • Must be an incoming graduate student in the Master of Urban & Regional Planning program at Taubman College, University of Michigan
  • Must have excellent academic performance

Minnesota

Robert Barrett Endowed Urban Studies Graduate Student Scholarships – Minnesota State University Mankato

Benefit: up to $5000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student in Urban Management or Urban Planning at Minnesota State University Mankato

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb 28

Mississippi

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award – Mississippi State University

Benefit: $3000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a third- or fourth year undergraduate student in architecture and design at Mississippi State University
  • Must submit portfolio

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Jan 17

Missouri

Bill and Maret Cheek Scholarship – Missouri State University

Benefit: $500 to $1000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Geography or Planning at Missouri State University
  • Must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and departmental GPA of 3.25
  • Preference given to students in professional organizations

Other details:

  • Application deadline: March 1

Montana

Dean Harold C. Rose Scholarship – Montana State University

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be in the first year of an undergraduate Environmental Design program at Montana State University
  • Selected by faculty, no need to apply

Nebraska

Urban League of Nebraska Scholarships

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a resident of the state of Nebraska
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA
  • Must have completed 10 hours of documented community involvement
  • Must be attending a Nebraska institution (level unspecified)

Nevada

Nevada Garden Clubs, Inc. Scholarship Program

Benefit: $1500

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate at a Nevada college/university
  • Must be a U.S. citizen/permanent legal resident
  • Must major in city (urban & rural) planning or a related field
  • Must have a 3.25 GPA
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb 1

New Hampshire

NEBHE Tuition Break- Springfield Technical Community College

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate in Urban Studies AA program at Springfield Technical Community College
  • Must be a resident of Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont

Plan NH Scholarship and Fellowship Program – New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a resident of New Hampshire
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student in architecture or planning
  • Must show financial need

New Jersey

Edward J. Bloustein School Student Hardship Fund – Rutgers University

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University
  • Must display hardship due to specific, unexpected and extraordinary problems
  • Must agree to a work assignment, internship or targeted project to give back

Other details:

Rutgers University Excellence Fellowship

Benefit: up to $25,000 plus tuition remission

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University

New Mexico

School of Architecture & Planning Annual Scholarship – University of New Mexico

Benefit: starts at $2500

Eligibility:

  • Must be a student (level unspecified) at the School of Architecture & Planning at University of New Mexico

New York

Charles Abrams ScholarshipAmerican Planning Association

Benefit: $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student enrolled in/accepted into one of the following schools:
    • Columbia University Division of Urban Planning
    • Harvard University Urban Planning Program (Master in Urban Planning)
    • Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dept. of Urban Studies & Planning
    • New School University Urban Policy Analysis & Management Program, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy
    • University of Pennsylvania Dept. of City & Regional Planning
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must submit letter of nomination by department chair

Master of Public Administration Fellowship – Baruch College – National Urban Fellows

Benefit: $25,000 for 14 months

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration Program at Baruch College
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a woman or person of color
  • Must have 5-7 years of managerial or administrative employment experience

Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Scholarship – University of Connecticut

Benefit: $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate planning program
  • Preference given to those who have lived, worked or studied in Westchester County, New York

Other details:

  • Application deadline: April 24

North Carolina

Carolina Planning Merit-Based Scholarships – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student in the Department of Planning at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Hawkins Scholarship – Eastern Carolina University

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be an undergraduate pursuing a BS in Community & Regional Planning at Eastern Carolina University
  • Must have completed 60 hours of college coursework
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA (planning) and 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Must be involved in extracurricular and community activities

Urban Planning Alumni Scholarship – Eastern Carolina University

Benefit: $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a junior or senior undergraduate in the BS program in Community and Regional Planning at Eastern Carolina University
  • Must demonstrate community involvement

North Dakota

Lowry Engineering Scholarship

Benefit: $1000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in the School of Civil Engineering at North Dakota State University or University of North Dakota (level unspecified)
  • Must have a 3.5 GPA
  • Must submit essay on how engineering has impacted your life (may include city planning)

Other details:

  • Application deadline: April 1

Ohio

Ladislas and Vilma Segoe Scholarships – University of Cincinnati

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student in the School of Planning at University of Cincinnati
  • Must show exceptional academic and/or professional excellence or promise
  • Award is selected by faculty

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture Scholarship

Benefit: $1000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a student in a NAAB-accredited undergraduate or graduate program at University of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State University
  • Must be in at least the third year of an undergraduate program

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb. 27

Oregon

Diane M. McKeel Scholarship in Public Affairs – University of Oregon

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management
  • Must demonstrate academic merit
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must show community involvement

Pennsylvania

Charles Abrams Scholarship American Planning Association

Benefit: $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student enrolled in/accepted into one of the following schools:
    • Columbia University Division of Urban Planning
    • Harvard University Urban Planning Program (Master in Urban Planning)
    • Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dept. of Urban Studies & Planning
    • New School University Urban Policy Analysis & Management Program, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy
    • University of Pennsylvania Dept. of City & Regional Planning
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must submit letter of nomination by department chair

Walter and Annette Brock Environmental Studies Scholarship – Frostburg State University

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled full- or part-time as an undergraduate in the Frostburg University Department of Geography with major of Environmental Analysis and Planning
  • Must have a 3.0 PGA
  • Preference given to residents of Allegany, Garrett counties in MD; Hampshire, Mineral counties in WV; Bedford, Somerset counties in PA

Other details:

  • Application deadline: March 1

Rhode Island

NEBHE Tuition Break- Springfield Technical Community College

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate in Urban Studies AA program at Springfield Technical Community College
  • Must be a resident of Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont

South Carolina

Truman Scholarship – University of South Carolina

Benefit: varies, including funding up to $30,000 and a leadership week in Liberty, MO

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student at University of South Carolina
  • Must be committed to a career in public service
  • Must be nominated by the school’s committee
  • Must have a 3.7 GPA
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Other details:

  • Must apply in junior undergraduate year
  • Deadline for applications: Oct 20

South Dakota

AIA South Dakota Merit Award

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a South Dakota resident
  • Must be attending an accredited South Dakota undergraduate or graduate architecture program

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Mid-March

Tennessee

Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association Local Planning Assistance Office Public Planning Scholarship

Benefit: $1000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a Tennessee graduate student in urban and regional planning, community planning, urban studies or related program
  • Must show community service involvement
  • Must show scholastic achievement
  • Must have a 3.5 GPA high school

Other details:

  • Application deadline: last Friday in July

Texas

The Reagan Family Scholarship Endowment – Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education

Benefit: $5000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student in urban planning or design at the University of Texas or University of Utah

Other details:

  • Application deadline: March 1

Utah

The Reagan Family Scholarship Endowment – Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education

Benefit: $5000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student in urban planning or design at the University of Texas or University of Utah

Other details:

  • Application deadline: March 1

Vermont

NEBHE Tuition Break- Springfield Technical Community College

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate in Urban Studies AA program at Springfield Technical Community College
  • Must be a resident of Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont

Virginia

Galsworthy Endowed Scholarship – University of Virginia

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be an international undergraduate student in the School of Architecture at University of Virginia in second, third or fourth year of program

Paul S. Dulaney Memorial Scholarship

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a second-year graduate student in University of Virginia School of Architecture’s

Master of Urban & Environmental Planning program

  • Must demonstrate commitment to and interest in conservation

Washington

King and Jan Cole Scholarship

Benefit: $1000

Eligibility:

  • Must be an undergraduate student (at least junior) in urban and regional planning at Eastern Washington University
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA
  • Must show financial need

Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association Scholarship

Benefit: $3000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate student in the Master of Urban & Regional Planning Program at Eastern Washington University
  • Must be a member of the APA
  • Must show academic excellence
  • Must show financial need

West Virginia

Walter and Annette Brock Environmental Studies Scholarship – Frostburg State University

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate full- or part-time in the Frostburg University Department of Geography with major of Environmental Analysis and Planning
  • Must have a 3.0 PGA
  • Preference given to residents of Allegany, Garrett counties in MD; Hampshire, Mineral counties in WV; Bedford, Somerset counties in PA

Other details:

  • Application deadline: March 1

Wisconsin

Carolyn A. Craig Scholarship – Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.

Benefit: $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a Wisconsin resident
  • Must be attending a Wisconsin college/university
  • Must be an undergraduate junior or senior majoring in landscape design/architecture, city planning, related studies
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb 1

Wisconsin Garden Club Federation Scholarship – Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.

Benefit: $1000

Eligibility:

  • Must be an undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior at a Wisconsin college/university
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Must major in urban/city planning, environmental studies, landscape design/architecture, or related studies

Other details:

  • Application deadline: February 1

Wyoming

Architectural Education Foundation of AIA Wyoming Scholarship

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be either a graduate of a Wyoming high school, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, or a current Wyoming resident
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate architecture program

Other details:

  • Application deadline: May 29

 

Non-State-Based Urban Planning Scholarships

The following urban planning scholarships are not limited to just one state or school.

Alma H. Young Emerging Scholarship Award – Urban Affairs Association

Benefit: $1000, plus registration to the annual conference and VIP Dinner Reception

Eligibility:

  • Must be pursuing doctoral research related to urban affairs
  • Must have finished all coursework
  • Must be making good progress towards finishing dissertation
  • Must hold membership in UAA or be nominated by a UAA member
  • Must submit draft or final dissertation proposal
  • Must submit nomination letter

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Oct 15

American Planning Association Foundation Scholarship

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate Planning Accreditation Board-approved program
  • Must be a member of the American Planning Association
  • Must be a woman, person of color or indigenous descent, veteran, disabled person, or member of the LGBTQ community

Other details:

  • Applications accepted beginning in spring of each year

American Planning Association Latinos and Planning Division Scholarship

Benefit: $500

Eligibility:

  • Must identify as Latinx
  • Must be a student member of the LAP Division of the APA
  • Must be currently enrolled in the third or fourth year of undergraduate planning program at a program accredited by PAB, OR the first or second year of a PAB-accredited graduate program

Other details:

  • Deadline for applications is March 13

American Planning Association New Urbanism Division – Gina Tirinnanzi, AICP Memorial Scholarship

Benefit: $1000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in or a recent graduate of a PAB-accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree program
  • Must submit an original paper of 2000 to 2500 words on a topic related to New Urbanism and planning

Other details:

  • Application deadline: April 5

American Planning Association Planning & Law Division – Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship Program

Benefit: $1500 award and $1000 APA membership and Annual Conference stipend for 10 month fellowship, including 100-200 total hours of work done remotely from where you live or attend school

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a third or fourth year undergraduate student at a PAB-accredited planning program; OR in the first or second year of a PAB-accredited graduate planning program; OR in the first or second year of a three-year ABA-accredited law school program; OR in the first, second or third year of a four-year ABA-accredited law school program

Other details:

  • Application deadline: September 15

American Planning Association Planning & the Black Community Division – Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Fellowship

Benefit: $1500

Eligibility:

  • Must be an African-American/Black undergraduate student applying to/accepted into a PAB-accredited graduate program for urban planning, or an urban planning related field (geography, environmental studies, urban studies, urban policy etc.)
  • Must not be in the last semester of a graduate planning program
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Students attending HBCUs are encouraged to apply

Other details:

  • Application deadline: April 3

CIGNA Undergraduate Scholarship – National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Benefit: $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a black undergraduate student pursuing degree in public administration, urban affairs, public policy, political science, or related field
  • Preference given to students at HBCUs
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must have a 3.5 GPA

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb 28

Ulysses G. Ford, III Scholarship – National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Benefit: $5000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a black graduate student pursing a graduate degree in public administration, urban affairs, public policy, political science or a related field
  • Preference given to students at HBCUs
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb 28

Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs Scholarship for Community Engagement

Benefit: varies, $350 to $750

Eligibility:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a HECUA member college/university bachelor’s degree

program for urban affairs/design/planning

Other details:

  • Deadline for application: Dec 1 for spring; April 15 for fall

International Facility Management Association Foundation Scholarships

Benefit: varies, from $1500 to $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited facility management or related degree program
  • Must have a 3.2 GPA in FM courses
  • Must attend world conference in order to receive scholarship

Other details:

  • Application cycle opens each January 4

Harry L. Jones, Sr. Scholarship – National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Benefit: $5000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a black student pursing a graduate degree in public administration, urban affairs, public policy, political science or a related field
  • Preference given to students enrolled at HBCUs
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb 28

NACCED Annual John C. Murphy Scholarship Grant Award Program

Benefit: $1500

Eligibility:

  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student at an American college or university in a major working with affordable housing and/or community and economic development
  • Must show financial need
  • Must be nominated by a member in good standing of National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) and submit support letter from them

Baker Tilly Scholarship – National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Benefit: $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must be a Black student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in public administration, urban studies, political science, planning, public policy or a related field
  • Preference given to students at HBCUs
  • Must have a 3.0 BPA

Other details:

  • Application deadline: Feb 28

 

Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Benefit: $3000

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate urban affairs/design/planning program
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must not live in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria
  • Must submit project file

Other details:

  • Application deadline: September 19

Worldstudio Foundation AIGA Scholarships

Benefit: varies

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen/legal resident
  • Must be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in design, architecture or planning
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must submit up to 10 examples of work

Other details:

  • Application deadline: April 22