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PlaceWorks Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

PlaceWorks has established a scholarship program to assist current undergraduate and graduate students in California who are pursuing a degree in Planning, Urban Design, Environmental Planning, or Landscape Architecture.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the PlaceWorks Scholarship Program must:

  • Self-identify as a member of at least one of the following underrepresented groups:
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Arab/Middle Eastern
    • Asian
    • Black or African American
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • Be residents of California
  • Be current college undergraduates or graduate level students pursuing a degree in one of the following fields (or related fields):
    • Planning
    • Urban Design and/or Architecture
    • Environmental Planning
    • Landscape Architecture
  • Plan to enroll in part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in California for the entire upcoming academic year.

PlaceWorks employees and their children are not eligible.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Selection of finalists is made by Scholarship America. PlaceWorks will select recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


All applicants will be notified in late May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of PlaceWorks. Payment is made in August.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to two (2) awards will be granted.

Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study only.

Recipients may also be eligible to receive internship opportunities with PlaceWorks.

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than April 9, 2024 1:00 pm Pacific Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

PlaceWorks has partnered with Scholarship America. The online application can be completed by using the Apply Now button below! Once started, applications can be accessed and edited up until the due date. Applicants are encouraged to login and review the application form in advance to ensure that all requirements can be met.

Please make sure to add as well as the program email address provided below in the footer as safe senders in your email contact list.