2023 Scholarship Applications Now Open  


Applications for the 2023 SCAG Scholarship Program are now open. The program offers a $4,000 scholarship award for seven high school seniors or community college students from the SCAG region (and potentially two additional scholarship awards that are not tied to a specific county but may be awarded at the Regional Council’s discretion). Recipients may also have the opportunity to meet with elected officials and practicing planners to learn more about careers in public service.  

To apply to the SCAG Scholarship Program, students must submit:  

  • Completed online application
  • Minimum five-hundred-word essay describing their interest in urban planning, public policy, and/or public service and future career goals. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals that they are not related to can attest to their leadership ability and interest in public service.  
  • Transcript(s) from the school in which they are currently enrolled. Community college students must provide both high school and community college transcripts. 

To be eligible for the SCAG Scholarship Program, students must:  

  • Be a resident within the SCAG region and be eligible to work in the United States. Students may be asked to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States if selected as a semi-finalist. 
  • Be a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled in a two-year community college in the SCAG region. Graduating high school seniors must enroll in higher education immediately following graduation from high school. 
  • Candidates must have a 3.00 grade point average or higher. 

Applications are due electronically Sunday, March 26, 2023. To apply for the SCAG Scholarship Program or for more information, visit scag.ca.gov/scholarship. If you have questions about the program, please contact Jonathan Hughes, Scholarship Program Coordinator, hughesj@scag.ca.gov.