Economic Development Division Travel Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Applications are invited from Master's level students enrolled in PAB-accredited planning departments in the United States, as well as individuals who have graduated from those programs in the past year. The $1,000 award is a travel scholarship provided by the Division to support attendance at the national APA meeting.

The award will be decided on the basis of a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and an original student paper or work that is 2,500 words or less. The original student submission should speak to practitioners about a substantive topic related to economic development and planning in the United States.

The winner will be notified by February 15, 2014 and the scholarship will be presented at APA's National Planning Conference in Atlanta, April 26-30, 2014. The paper will also be published on the Economic Development Division website and distributed electronically to division members.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to:

Margaret Cowell
Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning
Virginia Tech

2013 Scholarship Winners

This 2013 Scholarship winner was Parrish Bergquist from the University Of Michigan. Bergquist's paper "The Fiscal Bluff: Debt and Sustainability in Jefferson County Alabama,"considered that community's 2011 bankruptcy. Exploring how municipal debt affects economic development, the paper uncovered important related impacts on environmental and social equity concerns that emerged from that community's crisis.

The Scholarship Jury also recognized Kelly Moosbrugger and Alison Wicks from Portland State University. Their submission, "Implementing the Portland Metro Export Initiative Through Regional Clusters: How Effective Is It?"applied traditional economic impact analysis through an industry cluster lens to a topic that is increasingly a matter of concern across the nation.

Previous Winners

Previous award winners