Latinos and Planning Division Scholarship

The purpose of the program is to foster increased interest in the study of urban planning within the Latino student population at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Latinos and Planning Division of the American Planning Association (APA) strives to address planning issues affecting Latino communities in the U.S. as well increase Latinos in the profession. The program is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students and first and second year masters degree students. One scholarship of $500 is awarded per semester to be used for fees, books, or academic materials contingent on available funding.

2013 Winner

Carlos Hernandez

Carlos HernandezAs a Planner and Community Organizer, I have firm beliefs that people have the ability to design, build, and enact their own cities. Urban Planning fulfills my fascination with human interaction in urban environments. Being from Los Angeles, I especially relate to aspects of Latino Urbanism and everyday urbanism, as they have examined how communities of color can guide physical design to develop a more just, participatory, and autonomous city.

In the San Fernando Valley, also known as "The Valley," all of my Planning efforts have been geared towards improving the postwar working class suburban life and urban form imposed on us by haphazard planning practices of the past. I have focused most of my energy on establishing cooperative working groups that promote the Bicycle as the most efficient form of transportation in what is considered the most car dependent city.

Through the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at University of California, Los Angeles, I am working to advance the field of participatory/everyday planning and incorporate elements of urban design primarily focused on economically impoverished communities of color.

I am currently working with the design/build non-profit organization KDI on developing a bike share program, bike network, and repair space in a five-acre park in the North Shore community of Coachella, CA. With the help of this Latino community, my commitment of reclaiming streets, personalizing urban spaces, and advocating for social justice can be enacted through the built environment.

More information about Carlos Hernandez


Deadline extended: Postmarked by March 1, 2014

Latino students who intend to work as a practicing professional planner in the non-profit, public or private sector and are:

Currently enrolled in either of the following:

  • Third or fourth year undergraduate students in a planning program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)
  • First or second year graduate students in a planning program accredited by the PAB

Application Requirements

Applicants shall submit all of the following:

  • 1- to 2-page personal and background statement written by the student, describing their interest in a career in planning and describing what impact they want to make on planning in Latino communities;
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor, a community leader, or current or past employer in support of the student's application and personal background statement.
  • Official transcript of current course of study (for current students) or a copy of an acceptance letter from a PAB-accredited undergraduate or graduate planning school (for incoming students); and
  • Resume of work experience and background.

An email verification of application receipt will be sent to the participant by the division's Scholarship coordinator.

Selection Criteria

The division's Executive Committee will review applications and determine award winners. Applications will be judged using the following criteria, listed in order of importance:

  • The significance of the applicant's personal and background statement
  • The content in the letter of recommendation; and
  • Academic achievement and/or service or impacts made in the Latino community or the planning profession. 

As part of the selection process and at the sole option of the Executive Committee, the top applicants may be required to participate in a telephone interview with members of the committee.

The Award Process

The Executive Committee will convene in February 2014 to review applications and identify award recipients. The Committee will identify the top three participants and issue the award to the highest ranked. In the event that the winner cannot fulfill the requirements of the scholarship, the award will be granted to the next ranked participant. Award recipients are required to provide an emailed acceptance of the award to the Division Chair within ten (10) calendar days of receiving an award notification letter. With the acceptance of the money, the award recipient will be featured the next division newsletter. 

To submit your entry

Mail completed applications to:

Fred Solis, AICP
Latinos & Planning Division Scholarship
333 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89101