Scholarship Program

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The SCAG Scholarship Program offers local government and planning experience that students can use to develop long-term career goals. The scholarship will provide a $4,000 scholarship award for seven high school or community college students from the SCAG region (and potentially an additional eighth scholarship award that is not tied to a specific county, but could be awarded at the Committee’s discretion). Recipients may also have an opportunity to meet with their local government representatives and practicing planners to discuss the importance of urban planning and a future career in public service.


Student Showcase

SCAG Student Showcase

The Student Showcase is a poster and storymapping competition that challenges students to think innovatively and compete for cash prizes. SCAG recognizes the effectiveness of simple yet powerful ways to inform, engage and inspire people through data and map-driven storytelling. SCAG is proud to invite student participants to conceptualize, create and submit posters and ArcGIS StoryMaps. This is a meaningful way to tell a story or provide insight, showcase plans and projects, engage supporters and stakeholders, illustrate the possibilities of data, and highlight the usefulness of open data at the regional level.

Students whose projects are chosen will be invited to attend SCAG’s Regional Conference & General Assembly in Palm Desert as SCAG Conference Fellows and receive complimentary event registration, hotel accommodation and admission to the conference. The conference will include an opportunity for the student fellows to present their posters and storymaps to elected officials and industry leaders from across Southern California.

A panel of judges will select one poster and one storymap for the “Best in Show” award. Conference attendees will vote on their favorite poster and storymap for the “Audience Award.” All four awards, each worth $1,500, will be announced at the closing of the conference.

In all, a total of $6,000 across four prizes will be awarded (two separate $1,500 “Best in Show” prizes and two separate $1,500 “Audience Award” prizes).