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Planning Students Win Scholarships

November 20, 2017

The American Planning Association Florida has awarded its 2017 Minority Scholarships to Daphne Green and Wisnerson Benoit, students in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

The scholarship celebrates planning and fosters increased interest in the field by providing financial support for planning students who are members of under-served ethnic groups and who attend a PAB-accredited planning institution or urban planning program actively seeking PAB accreditation in the state of Florida. Green received the $2,000 scholarship and Wisnerson the $1,500.

Green is focusing on neighborhood planning and community design. Wisnerson is concentrating on economic development.

“I would like to use my voice to inspire communities to organize, create neighborhood associations and committees with the wherewithal to demand the services and infrastructure they know their communities need from decision makers who would usually not help them up the participation ladder,” Green said upon receiving the award.

Wisnerson commented, “My goal as a planner is based upon my desire to design equitable solutions and lead implementation of policies that result in increased chances in communities that are often neglected by the cold calculations of the growth machine.”