APA Scholarships and Fellowships

The following scholarships are awarded by the APA Foundation to students enrolled in an approved Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) college or university.

APA congratulates the following recipients of the 2016 scholarships:

2016 Judith McManus Price Scholarship Winners

Ana Bonilla, University of California, Los Angeles

After several years working in the healthy communities field, Ana Bonilla's decision to return to school to pursue a master's in Urban and Regional Planning was fueled by the inextricable link between planning and other disciplines, specifically, public health. Bonilla looks forward to a career where she can apply principles of both planning and public health to address the links between health equity and land use decisions in Los Angeles County.

Obiamaka Ude, Massachusetts institute of technology

Obiamaka Ude is a first generation American woman of Nigerian descent raised in Los Angeles. She has chosen a career in urban planning because she wants to finance transformative ideas and understand the challenges to doing so. She believes MIT's master's program will help her develop the skills to advance social equity in communities and provide a foundation for refining her knowledge of economic and social paradigms that establish where, with whom, and how we live.

2016 Charles Abrams Scholarship Winner

Joshua Davidson, University of Pennsylvania

Joshua Davidson's interest in the planning profession comes from his upbringing in Cleveland and the questions, problems, and issues, but also joys, hopes, and promise that come out of the post-industrial American city. Davidson will complete his studies at Penn's Master of City Planning program this year while interning at PolicyMap. He plans to pursue a thesis to investigate the uneven distribution of labor opportunities across the Mid-Atlantic and how this development pattern raises significant equity questions, especially for low-income populations across the region.

APA thanks the 2016 Fellowship Committee that served as jury: Shedrick Coleman, Vanessa Christiansen, Mike McAnelly, FAICP, and Carissa Slotterback, AICP.

About APA's Scholarships

Judith McManus Price Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, every year (announcement of winners expected the following August of each year)
Academic Standing: Undergraduate or graduate planning students

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 (announcement of winners expected the following August of each 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.