Outstanding Student of the Year: Lentzy Jean-Louis, Florida Atlantic University

During his graduate work in the planning program Lentzy performed exceptionally well academically, while working as a graduate research assistant for the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at FAU. Lentzy was a student member of and he was the secretary and vice president for FAU’s Planning Society (the planning student organization). While working as a leader for the student organization, Lentzy demonstrated strong leadership potential with solid organization and communication skills. In addition to studying and working at FAU, he interned for two agencies: Urban Design Kilday Studios and the City of West Palm Beach. In fact, Urban Design Kilday Studios was so impressed with him that Lentzy was offered a full-time position upon his graduation!

Having chosen his future career path in urban and regional planning Lentzy is dedicated to creating an equitable and sustainable future for communities through planning and design. As a student leader, he played key roles in organizing events, fundraising, and interacting with local planning organizations. His participation and leadership have demonstrated his sincere enthusiasm for excellence in planning.


As stated in a letter of recommendation for this award, “His participation and leadership within our program have demonstrated his sincere enthusiasm for excellence in planning. As a rising star in planning, Lentzy shows a stellar example of excellence as a young planner.”