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Planning Grad Student Wins APA Scholarship

August 9, 2017

Hadley Peterson, a student in the master's degree program of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, has been awarded a scholarship from the American Planning Association (APA).

The Judith McManus Price Scholarship is awarded annually to women or minority undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an approved Planning Accreditation Board planning program and intending to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector. The $3,833 scholarship will help Peterson pursue her specializations in planning for developing areas and in neighborhood and community planning.

The scholarship is named for the late planner who served the public sector in a variety of planning positions for more than 30 years before her death in 2001. It was endowed by her husband, Thomas Price, in 2004 to assist minority students who hope to enter the field. This is the first time it has been awarded to a student from Florida State University.

The American Planning Association serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas between people who work in the field of urban planning. The organization keeps track of the various improvement efforts underway around the country, which may include the improvement or construction of new parks, highways and roads, or residential developments. It is also a starting point for people looking for employment in planning.

Established in 1966, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at FSU is the oldest and largest planning program in the state. The department trains professionals who are change agents in their communities; creates research that transforms practice and scholarship; and promotes sustainability, social justice, and the well-being of all persons.

The department allows students to develop a curriculum that fits their individual interests; provides real-world experience through group projects and a required internship with a planning agency or firm; and has a job placement rate of more than 94% with public planning agencies, private planning firms, and nonprofit planning organizations.