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2023 AICP Certification Diversity Scholarships Now Available

Updated: Jan 27

AICP Certification Diversity Scholarship program

AICP Certification Diversity scholarships help make the planning profession more diverse and accessible. 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, financial status, immigration status, political beliefs, and veteran status. If you are a diverse planner and are looking to become AICP this scholarship is for you!

APA will begin accepting scholarship applications on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 and continue until Friday, March 24, 2023 or until all 50 scholarships are administered (on a first-come, first-served basis).

Updates to the program include:

  • A total of 50 scholarships will be available per cycle for 3 scholarships options based on individual readiness (career stage): Exam and assessment (counts as two scholarships) - Are ready to submit experience assessment if they pass the exam. (Reduced Fees: $85 for each) Exam only - Need to still earn professional planning experience (Reduced Exam Fee: $85) Assessment only - Have already passed the exam (Reduced Assessment Fee: $85)

  • Scholarships must be used in the cycle awarded. If a member does not use their scholarship(s) in the cycle awarded, they may reapply for a future cycle.

  • The fees for each step will be reduced as noted above.

Notes: Scholarships are awarded for the upcoming cycle only. Former scholarship recipients will be informed of these updates so that they can be prepared to resubmit their scholarship form if necessary.

To Apply:

  1. Download & complete a fillable PDF form before March 24, 2023.

  2. Email the form to Illinois PDO Andy Cross, AICP, at

  3. If you are chosen, AICP staff will contact the recipient and cc: the chapter or division.

The following program features will continue:

  • Scholarships are available for chapters and divisions to administer to their members.

  • Scholarships will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Each chapter and division are allowed to choose their recipient(s).

  • Potential recipients complete a fillable PDF form.


Contact the APA-IL Professional Development officer, Stephanie Brown, AICP at

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