Scholarship Opportunity for Students Looking to Pursue Career in Local Government, Planning

By on April 12, 2019

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is once again making available and professional development opportunities and financial support in the form of scholarships to seven eligible students from across SCAG’s six-county region. The scholarships of $4,000 will be awarded to community college students or high school juniors and seniors who live in the Southern California counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino or Ventura. Two other awards that are not tied to a specific county may be available at the Regional Council’s discretion.

SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and nearly 19 million residents. The association undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives intended for Southern California to be a livable and sustainable region now and for future generations.

In addition to the scholarships, the awardees will serve a two-week internship with a local planning agency or council of governments. The students will have the opportunity to meet with elected officials and practicing planners to learn more about careers in public service.

Requirements for applicants in additional to residing in one of SCAG’s six counties include being a high school junior or graduating senior, or currently enrolled in a two-year community college in the SCAG region. Graduating seniors must enroll/be enrolled in higher education (two-or four-year college/ university) immediately following graduation from high school. Graduating seniors cannot pursue a gap year or any similar absence from their academic life. Candidates must have a 3.00 grade point average or higher (based on a 4.00, unweighted scale).

Student applicants must complete an application form, write a minimum 500-word essay describing your interest in urban planning, public policy, and/or public service as well as future career goals, obtain two letters of recommendation and have transcript from the school in which you are currently enrolled. Community college students must provide both high school and community college transcripts.

The due date for applications is Friday, April 2; applications must be postmarked by this date. For addition information and the online application go to: