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 two additional scholarship awards that are not tied to a specific county, but would be awarded at the Regional Council’s discretion), a two-week internship with a local planning agency or council of governments, and the opportunity to meet with elected officials and practicing planners to learn more about careers in public service.
SCAG invited college and university students in the region to conceptualize, create, and submit ArcGIS StoryMaps using SCAG’s open data. It 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.
The 2021 Student Showcase was a virtual StoryMap competition with two award categories: Innovation and Planning. An internal staff of planning professionals evaluated the projects and selected four winners.
In all, a total of $6,000 was awarded (one $2,000 first place prize and one runner-up $1,000 prize each per category).