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 2020-2021 CPF Scholarships

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce its 2020 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 2020 CPF Scholarships has been extended to Sunday, May 31, 2020. 

The Los Angeles Chapter of the APA hosted an informational webinar with more information. The recording of this webinar can be found here.

Applicants will need to apply only once. Applicants will be reviewed for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Scholarship awards will be announced during the summer. Scholarship winners will be honored at the Annual CPF Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Riverside, California in conjunction with the APA California Annual Conference (https://www.apacalifornia-conference.org/). The Chapter’s 2020 Conference will be held September 12-15, 2020 at the Riverside Convention Center.

How to Apply

The 2020 CPF Scholarship Application is online! You can apply at: https://tinyurl.com/cpf2020apply. 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. You will be able to edit your application responses, but all applicants are encouraged to preview the application form first so that you know what questions are asked and can gather all of the necessary application materials.

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

  • Resume
  • Budget using this Excel template
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • 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.

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

The deadline to apply has been extended to Sunday, May 31, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Pacific 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 2020.

  • Merit Scholarships: $3,000 each.
  • California Planning Roundtable Memorial Scholarships (3): $1,000 each. These scholarships are sponsored by the California Planning Roundtable in memory of distinguished planners.
  • Planners4Health: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored by the Planners4Health Initiative of the American Planning Association California Chapter and is intended for students with demonstrated studies or projects focused on healthy communities.
  • Ken Milam 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.
  • Russell Fey Scholarship: $1,000. 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.
  • Paul Wack Sustainability Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored by Paul Wack, a long-time CPF Board Member, for students interested in sustainability planning in California. Only students attending PAB-accredited planning programs are eligible for this scholarship.
  • 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.
  • Ted Holzem Memorial Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored in honor of Ted Holzem, a planner in the Sacramento Valley Section and CPF board member.
  • Virginia Viado Memorial Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored in honor of Virginia Viado, a planner in the Los Angeles area and CPF board member.
  • David Wilcox 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.
  • Richard H. Weaver Scholarship: $2,000. This scholarship is sponsored by Richard H. Weaver, a well-known California planner and past president of the CPF.
  • Frank Wein Scholarship: $1,000. This scholarship is co-sponsored by the California Chapter of the American Planning Association in honor of Frank Wein. Frank was a past California Chapter APA Board member, past CPF president, adjunct faculty at Cal Poly Pomona, and a highly regarded planner.
  • Section Scholarships: $1,000 to $3,000 each. APA California Sections sponsor scholarships for students attending eligible planning programs in their section. Over $28,000 will be awarded from funds provided by the eight Sections.

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**
  • 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 – BS, City & Regional Planning
  • CSU Fullerton – MA, Geography; Master of Public Administration
  • CSU Long Beach – BA, Geography
  • 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 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
  • Sacramento State University – 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; MS, Urban Land Development; Master of Public Policy and Administration
  • 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**
  • Soka University – BA/BS, Environmental Studies
  • Sonoma State University – BA/BS, Planning Concentration, Environmental Studies & Planning
  • 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; 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 – Master of Urban & Regional Planning**
  • UC Riverside – BA/BS, Environmental Studies; MPP, Public Policy
  • UC San Diego – BA, Urban Studies and Planning
  • 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