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Portland Planning Diversity Awards

Portland State University’s Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (TSUSP) is pleased to announce the availability of three Portland Planning Diversity Awards for incoming MURP students enrolling Fall 2015. The purpose of these awards is to attract outstanding students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including racial and ethnic backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate urban planning programs. Each award entails a two-year funding commitment from TSUSP, including tuition waiver (up to 12 credits per term) and stipend from a 0.15 FTE (approx. 6 hour/week) graduate assistantship working with TSUSP faculty and/or staff during the academic year.

Application for Portland Planning Diversity Awards 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Meritorious record of academic achievement and professional potential.
  • Prospective student who has applied for admission to the MURP program.

Selection Criteria:

Awards will be made to prospective MURP students who meet the eligibility requirements, submit a complete application, and best exemplify the goals of the Portland Planning Diversity Awards. The committee is interested in multiple dimensions of applicants’ personal, academic and professional background and experience that would contribute toward a more diverse MURP student environment, including but not limited to: race/ethnicity, class/socioeconomic background (e.g., first-generation college students), educational background (e.g., attendance at a predominantly minority institution such as an HCBU or tribal college, or at a community/junior college), sexual orientation, disability status, age, veteran status and life experiences. Priority will be given to individuals who have participated in Ronald E. McNair Scholars Programs as undergraduates.

Application Process:

Simply fill out the application and copy/paste your essay into the provided space. 

Application form and essay are due on January 15th, 2015


Award notifications will be made when admissions decisions are announced, approximately mid-March.