Harvard Graduate School of Design degree candidates Andriani Atmadja (MUP ’21), Cecley Hill (MUP ’21), and Whytne Stevens (MUP ’22) are among the six recipients of the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2020 APA Foundation Scholarship, one of the highest student honors in the field. According to the APA’s mission statement, the foundation and its scholarship help make planning education more accessible, attract the most talented individuals to the profession, and work toward making the profession more diverse. Each of this year’s scholarship recipients is motivated by their personal experience and their desire to create stronger futures for their communities through equity, environmental stewardship, and economic development.
Atmadja, Hill, and Stevens are each enrolled in the GSD’s Master in Urban Planning program, where they study and research a variety of topics. See below for a gallery of select work from the honorees.
“I am truly honored to get this award from APA,” Atmadja says. “It helps me to further my mission of enhancing resilience planning for vulnerable communities that seek social justice and equity in its practice.”
“It’s an honor to receive this award alongside two other fantastic women from the GSD,” says Hill. “I’m incredibly thankful for the APA Foundation’s support in this critical period and look forward to joining in work towards building more equitable cities around the world.”
“I’m honored and very grateful to have received this scholarship from the APA Foundation and see it as one of many ways to support students of color in urban planning, especially given our current sociopolitical climate,” Stevens says. “Receiving this scholarship helps me to continue exploring topics through a social equity framework such as participatory planning, community development, and people centric urban design while studying urban planning at the GSD.”
APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The more than 40,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders, and business interests to create communities that enrich people’s lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA’s Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning.
Learn more about the 2020 APA Foundation honorees at the APA’s website.