AICP Certification Exam Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Aug. 26, 2022

The American Planning Association is committed to providing opportunities for all to achieve excellence in planning by fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in the organization and in the planning profession.  Diversity is an inclusive concept which encompasses, but is not limited to race, ethnicity, class, gender, age sexuality, ability, educational attainment, spiritual beliefs, creed, culture, tribal affiliation, nationality, immigration status, political beliefs, and veteran status.

AICP Certification Exam Diversity scholarships help make the planning profession more diverse.

Process

  • Interested APA Florida Chapter members should submit this form (pdf download) to describe your self-identified diversity background.  The form must be completely filled out, including the planner’s full name and APA identification number.
  • Completed forms are due by Aug. 26, 2022 to the APA Florida Chapter Professional Development Officer (PDO) Henry Bittaker, FAICP, at hbittaker@aol.com.
  • Selections will be made by the Florida PDO and submitted to APA Staff by Sept. 23, 2022. Nationally, 50 scholarships will be available for the Fall 2022 exam on a first-come, first-served basis, hence the earlier, late August Florida Chapter submittal deadline.  
  • If selected, all recipients will be entered into the exam system prior to Fall 2022 AICP exam registration opening in October, reflecting the lowered scholarship exam registration costs. 

Under this program, APA Florida scholarship recipients pay reduced fees to AICP as follows:

  • $85 for the exam registration fee. Regular exam registration fee is $255.

  • $85 for the experience assessment after passing the exam. Regular experience assessment fee is $255.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Once selected, if the scholarship recipient does not pass the exam, the scholarship will still be usable for future exam attempts. Likewise, if the recipient’s assessment does not meet requirements, the scholarship will still be useable for future assessment applications.

Selection

This scholarship is awarded with the intention to diversify the planning profession.  Professional Development Officers (PDO) select individuals who self-identify with the underrepresented populations identified above through the process described below.  The scholarship recipient selection rests with the PDO and is final.

Diversity Scholarship application for the May 2023 testing window will be announced in early 2023 and the Florida Chapter deadline will likely be late February, 2023. 

Please note that the awarding of a scholarship does not guarantee essay approval or a passing exam score.