Charles Abrams Scholarship

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

American Planning Association

Number of Awards & Eligibility: One award offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must attend or plan to attend one of the following schools: Columbia University, Division of Urban Planning; Harvard University, Urban Planning Program (Master in Urban Planning), Harvard Graduate School of Design; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning; New School University, Urban Policy Analysis and Management Program, Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy; or the University of Pennsylvania, Department of City and Regional Planning.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  4. Must be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in an eligible master's degree program.
  5. Must be enrolled in a planning program and plan to pursue a career as a practicing planner.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is for U.S. graduate students who are enrolled in an urban planning program at one of the following schools: Columbia University, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New School University, or the University of Pennsylvania. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Application requirements for the Charles Abrams Scholarship are:

  • Nomination
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • GRE scores
  • Acceptance letter
  • Aid application
Additional Information: 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. Applicants must be in need of financial assistance as determined by a review of the information contained on their financial aid form. The financial information provided by the student, spouse, or parent(s) will be analyzed by both the school in its selection of a candidate and later by the Charles Abrams Scholarship Selection Committee. If a student wishes to be declared financially independent, a notarized statement from the parents is required, certifying that the student will not be taken as a tax deduction in the year for which the scholarship is sought and that the student will receive no financial aid from parents. The Charles Abrams Scholarship Selection Committee will submit its recommendation for the award recipient to the APA for approval based on the following criteria: relative financial need among the nominees; demonstration of an interest in and commitment to pursuing an academic curriculum leading to a career in the planning profession; and the student's statement of academic background, extracurricular activities and reasons for believing an award would be justified. Prior winners of any APA-administered fellowship or scholarship program are not eligible.

Award Amount: $2,000 annually, non-renewable. The scholarship winner also receives a complimentary one-year student membership in APA.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, June 20

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, June 20

Application information is available online from the American Planning Association (APA) website. The student must submit the following documents in order to apply: a letter of nomination or statement by his/her department chair, discussing the topics listed in the application; a letter of acceptance to an eligible program, if an incoming student; a one- to two-page personal statement addressing his/her commitment to the planning field and an outline listing academic qualifications and extracurricular activities; the financial aid application (available on the APA website); official transcripts of all previous collegiate and graduate work (must be requested at his/her institution in time for them to reach APA by the deadline date); and an official copy of his/her GRE scores, if required for admission to his/her school. The APA requires that any and all application materials be originals specifically developed and/or requested for the Charles Abrams Scholarship application process.All application materials must be submitted online by the deadline date.
About American Planning Association:
Contact Information: Kriss Blank, Leadership Affairs Associate
Address: 205 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1200 Chicago, Illinois 60601

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