APA Ohio Student Scholarship

APA Ohio works with each of our PAB schools in Ohio (CSU, OSU, UC) to offer a yearly scholarship(s) totaling $1,500 per school. Each school takes a somewhat different approach to the use of our scholarships - to best fit in line with their unique circumstances.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Spring 2023 APA Ohio Scholarships!
*Note: UC administers their scholarship in the fall.

CSU Levin College
Long Journey Award
This award recognizes a graduating non-traditional, mid-career planning student who demonstrates a high level of achievement while balancing external commitments.


OSU Knowlton School
Future Leaders Award
This award recognizes a student that demonstrates the importance of contributing to equitable, resilient and vibrant communities in Ohio, the U.S. and the world.



Jared Ellis Memorial Award

The Jared Ellis Memorial Award was created to honor the life and work of Jared Ellis. Jared was first a caring, loyal and kind friend who shared his energy and laughter with us every day. He had a zest for life that was unmatched. Jared was also a tremendous public servant who was proud to serve Cincinnati, the city and community he called home, as a City Planner for the City of Cincinnati. Jared loved his chosen career path and inspired his co-workers, peers and the communities he worked in. 

This award was created to help further the career goals of those pursuing City and Regional Planning in the Cincinnati metropolitan area. 

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APA Foundation Scholarship

The APA Foundation assists students by providing educational financing and paid internships in recovery and rebuilding efforts.

The goals of these scholarships are to make the planning profession more accessible to individuals with limited means and to attract the best, brightest, and most talented individuals to the planning profession. By providing scholarships to students of great merit and from historically underrepresented groups we make our profession more representative of — and therefore more responsive to — the diverse communities it serves.

One facet of the APA Foundation's mission is advancing social equity in the profession and in our communities. In support of this mission, the Foundation offers the APA Foundation Scholarship.

Recipients of the APA Foundation Scholarship will advance social equity in the profession and demonstrate academic success.


Women, people of color and indigenous descent, veterans, disabled persons, and members of the LGBTQ community who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)-approved programs. Applicants must be APA members; membership for students is free.

This scholarship is awarded annually to students intending to pursue careers as practicing planners who will diversify the profession and who are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need.

Applicants must have at least 2 (two) recommendation letters submitted on their behalf.

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AICP Exam Diversity Scholarship

APA Ohio is committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in the organization and in the planning profession. Diversity is an inclusive concept which encompasses, but not is not limited to race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, sexuality, ability, educational attainment, spiritual beliefs, creed, culture, tribal affiliation, nationality, immigration status, political beliefs, and veteran status. This program was put into place by APA to make the planning profession more diverse and accessible to those with financial need.

If you self-identify with an under-represented population, you may be eligible for a Scholarship.

The next round of scholarships is for the November 2023 exam window.

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