APPI Student Scholarships and Awards

Student Awards Call for Submissions

APPI annually recognizes and awards the achievement of students enrolled in post-secondary institutions with an interest in planning as a profession. Student awards are evaluated based on the entirety of the application and overall merit.

The deadline for all submissions is 3:00 PM Friday, May 13, 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to be creative with their entries and may submit for the education scholarship, conference award and the student essay contest.

Students do not have to be APPI members to be eligible for an Education Scholarship, Conference Award or Essay Contest but must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or Masters degree program in a planning or planning related field of study within Alberta, Nunavut or Northwest Territories. Students completing their final year in 2022 are eligible to apply.

The submission details and evaluation criteria are outlined on the application forms which are now available. Only the winning recipients will be contacted.

APPI is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.  Those individuals who identify as First Nations, Inuit, Métis, LGBTQ2S+, persons with disabilities, women and other marginalized or disadvantaged groups, are encouraged to apply for these awards.  


APPI Student Essay Contest — Indigenous, Remote, Rural and Northern Planning

This Student Essay Contest was established in 2020, in honour of David Klippenstein (1944-2020), in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution to planning in northern, indigenous and rural communities across Canada, and in appreciation of David’s passion for sharing his knowledge in this planning realm.  The award is intended to cultivate students’ interest and further study in the realm of “Indigenous, Remote, Rural, and Northern Planning", which is of paramount relevance within APPI's jurisdiction.

Click here for the application form.


APPI Student Education Scholarship

The APPI Student Education Scholarship provides monetary assistance to students for tuition, research, books or other academic expenses.

Click here for the application form.


APPI Student Conference Award

The APPI Student Conference Award provides monetary assistance to students attending and participating at an approved conference.

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APPI Student Essay Contest — Indigenous, Remote, Rural andNorthern Planning
2021 Recipients

Nicklas Baran, "Relearning Environmental Stewardship: Indigenous-led conservation in Community Planning"

Johnny Oum,  "Colonialism, Reconciliation, and the Planning Profession"


APPI Student Education Scholarship
2021 Recipients

Hafsat Adebayo, Master of Art, Urban & Regional Studies, University of Lethbridge

Ghazal Lotfi, Master of Science, Urban & Regional Planning, University of Alberta

Fares Mandour, Bachelor of Science, Specializatiion in Planning, University of Alberta

2020 Recipients

Cherise Roberts, Master of Urban & Reional Planning, University of Alberta

Seghan MacDonald, Master of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Alberta

Tina Dadgostar, Master of Planning, University of Calgary

Anil Yadav, Master of Planning, University of Calgary

Johnny Oum, Undergraduate, Urban & Regional Planning, University of Alberta