$500 Scholarship 2020-2021

Applying for the Scholarship is pleased to announce our annual $500 Scholarship for deserving students pursuing a degree in urban planning. Our merit-based scholarship is awarded every winter to assist students in covering the expenses of their online or campus-based educational program, just in time for the new semester to begin. Any student who is currently enrolled in a qualified urban planning-related undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral-level program is eligible and is encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Students may only apply once every 12 months.

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UPDATED NOTE: The application window for the 2021 scholarship is now closed.

Scholarship Due Dates

The submission deadline for the scholarship is Closed  this year.

Official Rules

Urban planning degree candidates who are interested must submit the scholarship application along with an original essay. The essay must be between 2000 and 5,000 characters and must be submitted through the form included below. All essays must be formatted correctly.

Any applications containing false information or plagiarized essays will be immediately disqualified. All essays must be completely original, and must be the sole work of the applicant.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by our scholarship staff. Candidates will be judged on the basis of their academic history, extracurricular activities, employment history, and essay. The following is a recap of all of the criteria that we will use to select the winning candidates:

  • Completed Registration
  • Completed Essay
  • Work History and Activities
  • GPA (minimum of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale)

Equal Opportunity Consideration does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual preference. All scholarship applicants will be considered equally, based upon their merits and the strength of their essay, application and other criteria. This website has complete discretion in choosing the winners of each scholarship.

Announcing the Winner

Winners of the scholarships will be notified within 30 days of the close of the application deadline. Winners shall be notified by email and by phone, if a phone number is provided. After the winner has been chosen, the applicant must provide transcripts from their most recent college or university, in order to verify their GPA. If the selected candidate cannot supply the necessary records, or if their documented GPA is different from the GPA that was claimed on the application, reserves the right to rescind the scholarship award and give it to another worthy applicant.

The scholarship award must be paid in one full, $500 payment via check directly to a qualifying urban planning educational program, such as to a four-year college or university. The award must be paid within three months of the winner being notified.

*Please note that if the winning student has already paid for their education, the funds will be sent directly to the recipient by check to their permanent mailing address.

Scholarship recipients’ names will be posted on a page of the website.


Q: When is this scholarship offered?

A: It is offered once a year, with the submission deadline being November 1st.

Q: What do we mean by “qualified” program?

A: We require our applicants to be currently enrolled in an accredited online or campus-based urban planning related program.

Q: Can international students apply for this scholarship?

A: International students are welcome to apply if they are currently enrolled in a qualified program.

Q: Is this scholarship program available to military personnel?

A: Yes, all military service members and veterans are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

Q: Must I submit a letter of recommendation for this scholarship?

A: No, letters of recommendation are neither required nor accepted for this scholarship.

Q: Is there a cost involved in submitting this scholarship application?

A: No cost is involved in submitting this scholarship application.

Please direct any additional questions or comments to us through our email

Staying Organized

Applying for scholarships can be an overwhelming process. Most students will apply for multiple scholarships. The following tips will help you to keep track of your efforts:

  • Track all scholarship application packages that you send out
  • Keep copies of all essays, applications, and paperwork that you submit in a file
  • Have all of your transcripts at hand, or know how to send them to scholarship offices
  • Keep other important forms, such as tax returns (yours or your parents’), financial aid forms, standardized test scores and letters of recommendation handy
  • As soon as you submit a scholarship application, make note of that on a spreadsheet you maintain for this purpose, as well as the date of submission

Contact Information

You may contact us anytime through for updates about your scholarship application.

Additional Resources

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to (1) any college student pursuing a qualifying degree anywhere in the world (2) who is at least 18 years of age, (3) currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, available at or its equivalent in countries outside the U.S., (4) with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and (5) who completes the entry form on The contest is void where prohibited by law. Entries must be from individuals only; groups, organizations, and multiple-party entries are not eligible. The Contest is governed by United States law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Employees of, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies, judges, and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible. Immediate family members include parents, siblings or any person residing in the same household as employee.

ENTRY: Entrants must complete the entry form and answer the question in the space allotted. The essay must be original and must have been created by the entrant; entries that plagiarize the work of others will be disqualified. may verify the eligibility of each applicant; if an applicant is found to be ineligible to enter the contest, their entry will be considered invalid. Entrants must fill out all required portions of the entry form to be eligible for consideration. Limit one entry per person per contest; if an applicant enters more than one time they will be disqualified. reserves the right to verify an applicant’s information, the originality of the answer, or any other facet of an applicant’s entry if further investigation is deemed necessary. By entering you agree to accept and be bound by these rules. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

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No payment will be granted until is able to verify with the winner’s institution that all college/university enrollment information (including GPA) is accurate. Winner will be required to submit an official transcript to may, in its sole discretion, decline to award payment of the scholarship in the case of a winner’s failure to provide information in a timely fashion if requested by or the institution, or if the student’s enrollment lapses for any reason.

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