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 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.

    To Apply for the SCAG Scholarship Program, Students Must Submit:

    • Completed online application.
    • Minimum five-hundred (500) word essay describing your interest in urban planning, public policy, and/or public service and future career goals.
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals (e.g., teacher, counselor, coach, employer, etc.) that are not related to you and can attest to your leadership ability and interest in public service. Letters of recommendation can either be: 1) Uploaded when you complete the online application; or 2) Emailed to the Scholarship Program Coordinator directly.
    • Transcript(s) (official or copy) from the school in which you are currently enrolled. Community college students must provide both high school and community college transcripts.

    The application period is now closed. Thank you to all those that applied for the 2021 SCAG Scholarship Program. Please check this page soon for updates.

    Program Requirements

    • Residency: Must be a resident within the SCAG region (i.e., Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Ventura County, or on Tribal Lands 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 recipient.
    • School Enrollment: Must 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 (two- or four-year college or university) immediately following graduation from high school (i.e., no gap year).
    • GPA Minimum: Candidates must have a 3.00 grade point average or higher (based on a 4.00, unweighted scale).
    • Internship Requirement and Visit to SCAG: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, award recipients will not be required to complete an internship requirement or make a visit to the SCAG office in Los Angeles to attend a Regional Council meeting.

    Things to Consider When Applying:

    • Application packages that demonstrate an interest in urban planning, public policy and/or public service, and/or intended majors such as urban planning, environmental planning, engineering and/or political science, will be prioritized over application packages that do not.

    If you have any questions, comments, or need more information, please contact:

    Jonathan Hughes
    Scholarship Program Coordinator
    Phone: (213) 236-1997