Scholarship Winners

APA congratulates the recipients of the 2019 Charles Abrams and new APA Foundation scholarships.


Charles Abrams Scholarship Winner

This scholarship program is for citizens of the United States who are enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment at the graduate planning programs of Columbia University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New School University, or the University of Pennsylvania.


Vanessa Toro Barragan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Vanessa Toro Barragan

Vanessa Toro Barragan is a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Master's in City Planning program. Barragan plans to leverage her complex identities as a white-presenting Latina who was born in Colombia but raised in the United States to find opportunities for social transformation as a path towards equitable and just cities. Her thesis will focus on the youth from an Afro-Colombian Pacific territory and efforts to rebuild within the challenging context of structural violence, poverty, and environmental hazards.

APA Foundation Scholarship Winners

APA Foundation scholarships make the planning profession more diverse and accessible to individuals with limited means and help attract the most talented individuals to the profession.


Priscila Coli
University of California, Berkeley

Priscila Coli

Priscila Coli is a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley's City and Regional Planning PhD program. Coli spent six years working as an urban planner in Rio de Janeiro and focused on sustainability, zoning parameters for affordable housing, and redressing disparities in urban infrastructure. She hopes to contribute to the development of urban policies and legislation that could regulate new actors while also empowering residents from the peripheries, facilitating and strengthening equitable civic participation.

Alexandra Duprey
TufTs University

Alexandra Duprey

Alexandra Duprey is a graduate student at Tufts University's Master's in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning program. She plans to build upon her experience as an intern for a sustainable development nongovernmental organization (NGO) in India, and as a transportation planner in Florida observing the disparity between the people proposing development plans and the people being affected by the plans, to champion diversity and social and environmental justice in the planning profession.

Valeria Henao Cano
University of Colorado, Denver

Valeria Henao Cano

Valeria Henao Cano is a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Denver Master's of Urban and Regional Planning program. She has worked as an architect in Colombia and has experience developing projects that improve quality of life in marginalized communities. As a planner, she plans to work on improving informal areas that serve marginalized populations.

Claire Jaffe
University of Pennsylvania

Claire Jaffe

Claire Jaffe is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania Master's of City Planning program. She is working on bicycle and pedestrian planning and is interested in how multimodal networks create safer spaces. Jaffe has organized spaces for women and LGBTQ folks who are in the planning field or interested in urban planning issues to come together, network, and build connections.

Laier-Rayshon Smith
Harvard University

Laier-Rayshon Smith

Laier-Rayshon Smith is a graduate student at the Harvard University Master's of Urban Planning program. Smith's vision for equitable communities includes working at the intersections of social interaction, policy, design and the decision-making processes that formulate the built environment. Living in Pittsburgh and working at non-profit organizations in the city helped to shape this vision. 

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Previous Winners

Charles Abrams Scholarship

2018


Harvard University

Gina Ciancone

Gina Ciancone is a graduate student at the Harvard University's Master in Urban Planning program. She will be pursuing solutions that mitigate natural disasters and climate change in Houston and New Delhi, India.

2017


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Reed Jordan


2016

Joshua Davidson
University of Pennsylvania

2015

John McCartin
Harvard University

2014

Brett Roeth Peanasky
University of Pennsylvania

2013

Jennifer Lee
Harvard University

2012

Jinny Khanduja
Columbia University

2011

Maxwell Sokol
Columbia University

2010

Christina Ghan
Columbia University

2009

Chris Horne
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2008

Danielle Martin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2007

John Reinhardt
University of Pennsylvania

2006

Tegin Leigh Teich
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2005

Katherine Scott
Columbia University

2004

Karen Hu
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2003

Annis Whitlow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2002

Kristin Malia Garcia
Harvard Design School

2001

Kathy Diaz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Judith McManus Price Scholarship

2018


Georgia Institute of Technology

Jasmine Jones-Bynes

Jasmine Jones-Bynes is a current graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology Master in City and Regional Planning program. She is passionate about the built environment's influence on public health and will be working on active transportation and parks and recreation challenges.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Kim Lovely

Kim Lovely is a current graduate student at the University of Illinois, Chicago Master of Urban Planning and Public Policy program. She will focus on making communities better for low-income and underserved populations.

University of California, Berkeley

Lily MacIver

Lily MacIver is a current graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley Master of City Planning program. She will be continuing her work exploring innovative planning interventions to reduce air pollution exposure.

Harvard University

Henna Mahmood

Henna Mahmood is a current graduate student at the Harvard University Master in Urban Planning program. She is studying urban analytics and international planning with plans to pursue a career in building global city resilience.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kenyatta McLean

Kenyatta McLean is a current graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Master in City Planning program. She is studying how planning can support heritage conservation of black spaces challenged by real estate pressures.

University of California, Berkeley

Diego Rentería

Diego Rentería is a current graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley Master of City Planning program. He is studying brownfield and river restoration to develop regional park and open space systems in park-poor urban areas.

University of Michigan

India Solomon

India Solomon is a current graduate student at the University of Michigan Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. She is studying community development and design with a focus on equitable revitalization in Detroit's neighborhoods.

2017

  • Harvard University

    Carolyn Angius

  • University of Colorado at Denver

    Mayra Gonzales

  • Portland State University

    Madison Levy

  • Eastern Washington University

    Claire Miller

  • University of Southern California

    Rachel Mills-Coyne

  • Florida State University

    Hadley Peterson

2016

Obiamaka Ude
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ana Bonilla
University of California — Los Angeles

2015

Fernando Montejo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jessica Myers
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2014

Amina Hassen
Hunter College

Ashleigh Johnson
University of Michigan

2013

Adriana Akers
MIT

Stefani Cox
University of California–Berkeley

Deyanira Martinez
University of Arizona

2012

Carlos Recarte
University of California–Berkeley

Julia Metz
Portland State University

Alexandria Murnan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2011

Chelsea Chee
University of New Mexico

Jocelyn Drummond
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lauren Trice
University of Pennsylvania

2010

Avital Barnea
University of Minnesota

Stephanie Brown
Harvard Graduate School of Design

Sharon Wade-Ellis
University of Oregon

2009

John Arroyo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tynisha Beard
Rutgers University

Yovana Perez
University of California–Los Angeles

Carrie Randall
Cornell University

2008

Marlynne Powell
Wayne State University

2007

Nichole Arbeiter
Arizona State University

Krista Trout-Edwards
University of Michigan

2006

Angela Trinh
University of California–Los Angeles

2005

Teresa Cameron
Eastern Washington University

Valerie Gingrich
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Maureen Hickey
University of California–Berkeley

2004

Alexia Kelly-Schwartz
University of Oregon

Nicole Clare
University of Pennsylvania

Vivian Castro
Columbia University

Gabriela Juarez
University of California–Los Angeles