Scholarships

About CPF Scholarships

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) supports outstanding planning students across the state of California who are entering their final year of an eligible undergraduate or graduate degree program. Criteria for the scholarships include academic performance, financial need, increasing diversity in the planning profession, and a commitment to serve the planning profession in California after graduation. 

About the 2021-2022 CPF Scholarships

CPF is pleased to announce its 2021 scholarship program for outstanding planning students enrolled at eligible professional planning degree programs in the state of California. Scholarships are awarded to students seeking to enter the planning profession based on an application and selection process.

These scholarships are designed for continuing students entering their final year of an eligible undergraduate or graduate degree program. Criteria for the scholarships include academic performance, financial need, increasing diversity in the planning profession, and a commitment to serve the planning profession in California after graduation. A list of eligible degree programs can be found below.

The deadline to apply for 2021 CPF Scholarships is Monday, May 31, 2021.

An informational webinar with information on the scholarships and helpful tips on how to apply was held on Monday, May 3 at 6:00pm. The Zoom webinar was recorded and can be viewed here. The two PowerPoint presentations in PDF format can be downloaded here:

Applicants will need to apply only once. Applicants will be reviewed for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Scholarship recipients will receive notification in August and will be honored during the APA California Virtual Conference (https://www.apacalifornia.org/events/2021-annual-conference-2/) on September 13-15. Winners may also be recognized at individual events sponsored by local APA California Sections.

How to Apply

The 2021 CPF Scholarship Application is at https://tinyurl.com/cpf2021apply. You will need to log into your Google Account to complete this form.

The application form makes use of Google Drive to store attachments that applicants upload (e.g., recommendation letters, essay responses, etc.). Applicants will be required to log in using their Google ID (if you do not have a Google ID, please create a free account or contact the scholarship committee). If you share a file from your Google Drive account, no member of the California Planning Foundation will have access to that file on your system. The system creates a copy of the file and stores it in the CPF Drive. Your Google Drive is never accessible to CPF. You can also simply upload a file from your computer without it being in Google Drive, but you still need to log into your Google Account.

Important Note: If you receive an error message that you cannot access the form due to your domain’s data loss protection settings (DLP), you will have to log out of your university’s google account and log in separately with your personal gmail account. Some universities have set up their google accounts with a tightened security system. If you encounter this problem, feel free to contact Hilary Nixon (hilary.nixon@sjsu.edu) for a workaround.

In addition to the application form, applicants will need to submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Budget using this Excel template
  • Transcripts (unofficial is fine)
  • Two recommendation letters (one from a faculty member; one from a professional reference), and responses to two essay questions. Please note that members of the CPF Board are not able to provide recommendation letters.

Please review the contents of the application form to ensure that you have all materials ready to submit and are familiar with the questions on the application. There isn’t an option to partially complete and save your work in progress so being familiar with the questions and requirements in advance is strongly recommended.

If you are unable to complete the application form online for accessibility reasons, please contact Hilary Nixon, PhD at hilary.nixon@sjsu.edu.

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 31, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Available Scholarships

Separate applications to specific scholarships are not required; only a single application is needed. Students are eligible to receive more than one scholarship.

  • First Place, Outstanding Student Scholarship: $5,000, plus APA California conference registration.*
  • Runners-up (3), Outstanding Student Scholarship: $3,000 each, plus APA California conference registration.*
  • Diversity in Planning Scholarship: $3,000, plus APA California conference registration.*

* Students selected for the above-listed scholarships may be asked to serve as a student representative to the APA California Board or the California Planning Foundation Board for a one-year term, beginning in Summer 2021.

  • Merit Scholarships (3): $3,000 each.
  • Section Scholarships (25+): $1,000 to $2,000 each. APA California Sections sponsor more than 25 scholarships for students attending eligible planning programs in their Section. Over $30,000 will be awarded from funds provided by the eight Sections.
  • California Planning Roundtable Memorial Scholarships (3): $1,000 each. These scholarships are sponsored by the California Planning Roundtable in memory of distinguished planners.
  • Planners4Health Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored by the Planners4Health Initiative of the APA California and is intended for students with demonstrated studies or projects focused on healthy communities.
  • Black Voices in Planning at UC San Diego Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship will be awarded to a Black or African-American student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego.
  • Russell Fey Memorial Scholarship: $2,000. The Central Section contributes this award to honor Russell Fey, founding faculty member for the planning program at Fresno State University. The Section encourages consideration of students from the Central Valley for this award.
  • Stanley R. Hoffman Memorial Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored in honor of Stan Hoffman who was an original member of the California Planning Roundtable (CPR), past CPF President, past Planner Emeritus Network (PEN) President, and active member of the Chapter.
  • Ted Holzem Memorial Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored in honor of Ted Holzem, a planner in the Sacramento Valley Section and former CPF Board member.
  • Ken Milam Memorial Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored in honor of Ken Milam by the California Association of County Planning Directors for students interested in public planning in California. Only students attending PAB-accredited planning programs are eligible for this scholarship.
  • Virginia Viado Memorial Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored in honor of Virginia Viado, a planner in the Los Angeles area and former CPF Board member.
  • Paul Wack Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored by Paul Wack, a long-time CPF Board member, for undergraduate or graduate planning students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
  • Paul Wack Sustained Resilience Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored by Paul Wack, a long-time CPF Board member, for students interested in sustainability planning in California.
  • Richard H. Weaver Memorial Scholarship: $2,000. This scholarship is sponsored in honor of Richard H. Weaver, a well-known California planner and past CPF President.
  • Frank Wein Memorial Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is co-sponsored by APA California in honor of Frank Wein who was a past California Chapter APA Board member, past CPF President, adjunct faculty at Cal Poly Pomona, and a highly regarded planner.
  • David Wilcox Memorial Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored in honor of David Wilcox by the Wilcox/Gerhardt families. Only students attending PAB-accredited planning programs are eligible for this scholarship.
  • Hing Wong Regional Sustainability Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored by Hing Wong, a long-time CPF Board Member and current CPF President, for students interested in regional and sustainability planning in California.

Eligible Degree Programs 

**  Programs listed with asterisks are PAB-accredited planning programs. Some scholarships are limited to only students from those programs.

  • Antioch University – BA, Applied Arts in Urban Communities & Justice; MA, Urban Sustainability
  • Cal Poly Pomona – BS, Urban and Regional Planning**; Master of Urban & Regional Planning**
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – BS, City and Regional Planning**; Master of City & Regional Planning**
  • California Lutheran University – Master of Public Policy & Administration
  • CSU Channel Islands – BS, Environmental Science and Resources Management
  • CSU Chico – BA, Geography, Option in Human Geography and Planning; BA, Geography, Option in Physical and Environmental Geography; BS, Environmental Science; MS, Environmental Science
  • CSU Fresno – BA, Geography; BS, City & Regional Planning
  • CSU Fullerton – MA, Geography; Master of Public Administration
  • CSU Long Beach – BA, Geography
  • CSU Los Angeles – Master of Public Administration
  • CSU Monterey Bay – BA, Environmental Studies, Concentrations in Science for Sustainable Communities and Environmental Education
  • CSU Northridge – BA, Urban Studies & Planning; MA, Urban Planning
  • CSU Sacramento – BA, Geography, Concentration in Metropolitan Area Planning; BA, Geography, Concentration in Human Geography; BA, Geography, Concentration in Geographic Information Systems and Analysis; BA/BS, Environmental Studies; Master of Public Policy and Administration; MS, Urban Land Development
  • CSU San Bernardino – BA, Geography & Environmental Studies
  • Humboldt State University – BS, Environmental Management & Protection, Environmental Planning, Environmental Planning Option
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College – AA, Community Planning and Economic Development
  • Loyola Marymount University – BA, Urban & Environmental Studies
  • Occidental College – BA, Urban & Environmental Studies
  • Pepperdine University – Master of Public Policy
  • Pitzer College – BA, Environmental Analysis
  • Saint Mary’s College of California – BA, Environmental Studies; BS, Environmental Science; BA, Justice, Community, and Leadership
  • San Diego State University – BA, Urban Studies; Master of City Planning**
  • San Francisco State University – BA, Urban Studies and Planning; MA, Geography, Concentration in Resources Management and Environmental Planning
  • San José State University – Master of Urban Planning**
  • Santa Clara University – BS Environmental Science; BS, Environmental Studies
  • Soka University – BA/BS, Environmental Studies
  • Sonoma State University – BA/BS, Environmental Studies & Planning, Planning Concentration
  • Stanford University – BA, Urban Studies
  • UC Berkeley – BA, Urban Studies; Master of City Planning**
  • UC Davis – BS, Community and Regional Development; BA, Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning; BS, Environmental Science and Management; BS, Landscape Architecture; BS, Sustainable Environmental Design; MS, Community Development; MS, Environmental Policy and Management; MA, Geography; MS, Transportation Technology and Policy
  • UC Irvine – BA, Urban Studies; Master of Urban & Regional Planning**
  • UC Los Angeles – BA Public Affairs; Master of Urban & Regional Planning**
  • UC Riverside – BA/BS, Environmental Studies; MPP, Public Policy
  • UC San Diego – BA, Urban Studies and Planning; BS, Real Estate and Development
  • UC Santa Barbara – BA/BS, Environmental Studies; MESM, Bren School
  • University of Southern California – BS, Urban Studies and Planning; Master of Urban Planning**

Past CPF Scholarship Recipients

2019-2020

2018-2019

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013