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 will 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.
SCAG is excited to announce a special opportunity for college and university students in the region. On May 5-6, SCAG’s annual Regional Conference & General Assembly will host a special Student Showcase session featuring sustainability-themed GIS Story maps selected through a competitive application process. This will be an opportunity for students to share their work with more than 900 elected officials, planners and regional leaders.
The Student Showcase is a 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 ArcGIS StoryMaps using SCAG’s open data. 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 designated as SCAG Conference Fellows, receiving complimentary event registration, hotel accommodation, and admission to an exclusive “Future Leaders in Regional Planning” professional development seminar during the conference.
Two projects will be selected by a panel of judges as “Best in Show.” Conference attendees will also vote on their favorite StoryMap for two “Audience Awards.”
In all, a total of $6,000 across four prizes will be awarded (two separate $2,000 “Best in Show” prizes and two separate $1,000 “Audience Award” prizes).
Abstracts Due: Feb. 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (PST)
Final Projects Due: March 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (PST)