APA Foundation Awards Scholarships to Future Planners
The American Planning Association (APA) announced that through the APA Foundation they awarded scholarships to seven planning students. The association distributed the grants to developing industry professionals to make planning a more accessible and attractive education path and to create greater diversity within the field.
When asked about the goals and direction of the scholarships, APA Communications Manager, Roberta Rewers described that the scholarships are designed to make the planning profession more accessible to aspiring individuals with limited means of pursuing a career in this field. Also, the scholarships allow the profession to be more representative of the communities in which their members work.
Rewers was also asked about the criteria used to select the students. She explained how the scholarship committee has four areas that are evaluated in the candidates. Those areas are the individual's personal statement and commitment to planning, academic achievement, strength of the recommendation letters, and demonstration of financial need.