2019 California Planning Foundation Scholarship Application
The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce its 2019 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. Application guidelines can be found at: https://californiaplanningfoundation.org/scholarships/.

The deadline to apply for 2019 CPF Scholarships is Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

Applicants will be reviewed for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Scholarship awards will be announced in mid-June. Scholarship winners will be honored at the Annual CPF Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Santa Barbara, CA as part of the APA California Annual Conference (https://www.apacalifornia-conference.org/). Winners may also be recognized at individual events sponsored by local APA California sections.

This 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Main, Ph.D. at cpfapplications@gmail.com or Hilary Nixon, Ph.D. at hilary.nixon@sjsu.edu.

Name *
First and last name
Email *
Phone number *
Mailing Address *
Please provide an address for you valid during summer 2019. Scholarship checks are mailed directly to winners at their listed mailing address.
The American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified Planners’ Code of Ethics call for “increasing the opportunities for underrepresented groups to become professional planners.” Please indicate if this applies to you. *
Are you a student member of the American Planning Association? *
Are you currently studying or interested in pursuing a planning career focused on sustainability, climate change, environmental policy, or natural resource conservation? *
Are you currently studying or interested in pursuing a planning career focused on healthy communities? *
Are you currently studying or interested in pursuing a planning career focused on social equity? *
Did you graduate from a high school or college in California’s Central Valley? *
If you answered yes to the question above, please provide the name of the school and city where it was located.
Do you have intentions or interests in working as a professional planner for an organization that serves California’s Central Valley communities? *
Do you have intentions or interests in working as a professional planner for a California city or county (i.e. a local public agency)? *
Name of your undergraduate institution? *
What was/is your undergraduate major? *
What was your undergraduate GPA? If currently an undergraduate, what is your current GPA? *
Name of your current graduate institution (if applicable)?
What is your graduate major (if applicable)?
What is your current graduate GPA (if applicable)?
What is your expected enrollment status for the 2019-2020 academic year? *
What is the total number of units/credits required for the degree you are seeking? *
How many units/credits do you have remaining to complete your degree? *
Please submit your current resume in PDF summarizing your background and experience (max. 10MB filesize) *
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Please submit your transcript(s) from your undergraduate AND, if applicable, graduate work. Unofficial copies are fine. You can upload up to 5 files if needed. *
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Recommendation Letter #1 (Faculty) *
Please submit a recommendation letter from a faculty member familiar with your background, academic experience, professional experience, potential as a planner, and/or financial need. [If the letter writer wishes to submit their letter separately, please upload a file with the name and contact information of the letter writer. Ask the letter writer to mail their letter to: cpfapplications@gmail.com]
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What is the name of your faculty letter writer? *
What is the email address of your faculty letter writer? *
Recommendation Letter #2 (Professional) *
Please submit a recommendation letter from a practitioner familiar with your background, academic experience, professional experience, potential as a planner, and/or financial need.[If the letter writer wishes to submit their letter separately, please upload a file with the name and contact information of the letter writer. Ask the letter writer to mail their letter to: cpfapplications@gmail.com]
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What is the name of your professional letter writer? *
What is the email of your professional letter writer? *
Upload your 2019-2020 academic year budget using the template provided on the CPF website (https://californiaplanningfoundation.org/scholarships/) *
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Essay 1 *
Please submit a 500-word maximum response in PDF to the following question: Why is planning important to you and how will you contribute to the profession of planning in the state of California? Applicants should highlight experience in planning and/or related fields (i.e. internships, leadership, service and volunteer experiences, employment), short and long-term career goals, and how this scholarship will support completion of your degree.
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Essay 2 *
Please submit a 500-word maximum response in PDF to the following question:What do you believe to be one of the greatest planning challenges in California today?
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I have examined the contents of this application and confirm that to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are a true and accurate presentation of the facts. *
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