APA Scholarships

Apply for APA Foundation Scholarships

The APA Foundation awards scholarships to make the planning profession more diverse and accessible to those of limited means. Scholarship awards are made to students currently enrolled in degree programs in planning.

Scholarships are also available through APA Divisions and other organizations.


Judith McManus Price Scholarship

Please visit this page in March 2019 to learn about the next round of opportunities.

Judith McManus Price, a planner for more than 30 years before her death in 2001, was an exceptional woman with extraordinary talents that she freely shared, not only with her family and friends, but also with her community, her colleagues, and her profession. She served the public sector in a variety of planning positions facing challenges with strength and optimism — her trademark. Her husband, Thomas Price, continues her gift of sharing with a generous endowment to the Judith McManus Price Scholarship to help women and minority students enter the field of planning.

Eligibility: Women or minority (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an approved Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) planning program. Students must be citizens of the United States.

This scholarship is awarded annually to students intending to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector and who are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need. Awards will range between $2,000 and $5,000.

Send questions and applications to scholarships@planning.org.


Charles Abrams Scholarship

Please visit this page in March 2019 to learn about the next round of opportunities.

Charles Abrams was an internationally recognized authority on housing and urban affairs who died in 1970. Throughout his career, he exhibited an active desire to help students in planning programs. In his honor, the American Planning Association administers a scholarship fund established by his widow and a number of his colleagues.

Eligibility: Graduate students who are enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment at one of the five schools at which Charles Abrams taught (see below): Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT, New School University, or the University of Pennsylvania. Students must be citizens of the United States.

This scholarship is awarded annually to students intending to pursue careers as practicing planners and who are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need. One award of $2,000 is made. Students must be nominated by the program's department chair; applications must be submitted through a student's planning program.

Students from the following schools are eligible for the Abrams Scholarship:

  • 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

Send questions and applications to scholarships@planning.org.