APA Scholarships and Fellowships

The following American Planning Association awards are made to students currently enrolled in degree programs in Planning or a closely related field, as described below. Awards will be made to students enrolled in a approved Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) college or university.

2015 Recipients

APA congratulates the recipients of the 2015 scholarships:

John McCartin, Harvard University – Charles Abrams Scholarship

John is now completing his second year at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. He has carried out his passion for social justice and advocacy through many roles both before and during his studies, including leading "Working GSD," a group that champions labor as a key consideration in planning and design projects; sitting on the Urban Planning and Design department's Diversity Committee; and as a research assistant at the Health and Places Initiative. Upon graduation, John plans to build a career in urban development in recovering cities.

Fernando Montejo, MIT – Judith McManus Price Scholarship

Fernando became captivated early in his life by the complex relationship among socioeconomic status, education, housing, health and race growing up in the Corona section of New York City. He will focus his studies at MIT on community and economic development to build upon his recent experience at the New York City Housing Authority, and learn how to influence policies and practices that can help improve quality of life primarily for historically disadvantaged communities of color. Fernando looks forward to his education and expanding his contributions to public service and the planning field for decades to come.

Jessica Myers, MIT – Judith McManus Price Scholarship

Jessica is passionate about the power of mapping as an effective way to represent social data and research. She would like to be at the hinge of this process by parlaying her background in architecture and design into the more active objectives of urban planning. Jessica is committed to designing tools to align municipal objectives with the complex and overlooked needs of their citizens.

Judith McManus Price Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, every year
Academic Standing: Undergraduate or graduate planning students

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Women and minority (African American, Hispanic American, or Native American) students enrolled in an approved Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) planning program who are citizens of the United States, intend to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector, and are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need are eligible to apply for this scholarship which will range between $2,000 to $4,000.

Current and previous award recipients

Charles Abrams Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, every year
Academic Standing: graduate planning students

For citizens of the United States who are enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment at the graduate planning programs of Columbia, Harvard, MIT, New School University, or the University of Pennsylvania, an award of $2,000 is made.

The Charles Abrams Scholarship is an annual partial scholarship to a student who is enrolled in a graduate planning program leading to a master's degree in one of the five schools at which Charles Abrams taught and who has been nominated by the program's department chair. The student chosen for this award must demonstrate a genuine financial need. The program is designed to aid students who will pursue careers as practicing planners.

Students from the following schools are eligible:

  • Columbia University, Division of Urban Planning
  • Harvard University, Urban Planning Program (Master in Urban Planning) Harvard Graduate School of Design (formerly Harvard University, City & Regional Planning Program of the Graduate School of Architecture and Design)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies & Planning
  • New School University, Urban Policy Analysis & Management Program, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy (formerly New School for Social Research, New York, Department for Urban Affairs & Policy Analysis)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Department of City & Regional Planning

Applications for this scholarship must be submitted through a student's planning program.

Current and previous award recipients

APA Planning Fellowships

This fellowship program is currently on hiatus.

Previous award recipients


For questions concerning APA Scholarships and Fellowships please contact Monica Groh, Director of Emerging Professionals, at mgroh@planning.org.