APA Foundation: 2018 Scholarship Opportunities

This post is one of a series showcasing the work of the APA Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation’s three priority initiatives: Research, Community Assistance, and Scholarships.


The APA Foundation assists students through its scholarship program. The Judith McManus Price and Charles Abrams scholarships are designed to make the planning profession more accessible to individuals with limited means and to attract the best, brightest, and most talented individuals to planning.

The Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 scholarship opportunities:

Judith McManus Price Scholarship

Deadline for Applications: June 1, 2018

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, continued 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.

Download 2018 application forms here.

Learn more about the impact of the McManus Price award from 2017 scholarship recipient Claire Miller:

Charles Abrams Scholarship

Deadline for Applications: June 1, 2018

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

Download 2018 application forms here.

Learn more about the impact of the Abrams award from 2017 scholarship recipient Reed Jordan:

Interested in Hearing More from Scholarship Recipients?

Previous scholarship winners continue to contribute to the planning profession. Learn more about Hadley Peterson's work to inspire youth to become planners when they grow up. And read John Reinhardt's journey from emergency manager to data guru to transportation planner.

View prevous winners of the McManus Price and Abrams scholarship recipients.

Interested in supporting students?

The APA Foundation awards scholarships to make the planning profession more diverse and accessible to those of limited means. If you would like to learn more about investing in future planners, contact us at scholarships@planning.org.

Top image: Photo by Jacob Ammentorp Lund.


About the Author
Elizabeth Hartig is a consultant for the APA Foundation.

March 29, 2018

By Elizabeth Hartig