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Announcing IAP2 USA's first national Student Scholarship Program!

Three $500 scholarships to be awarded to students interested in working in P2.

IAP2 USA is pleased to support students becoming emerging practitioners in the P2 field, and encourages students to incorporate P2 as a significant element in their fields of study.

As we grow, you grow! Become a part of an international organization while growing your public participation (P2) practice repertoire.

Our student scholarship program has been in the making for a long time and we want you to be the first to apply!

Apply by February 10th, 2017!

Where do students fit in?

IAP2 USA strongly believes IAP2's Core Values are reflected by the students we see today. Not only do we want to offer this scholarship program as a means to assist students in their academic endeavors, we also want to include students in our vision where public participation is deeply embedded and widely applied, and where equitable, efficient, and informed decision-making processes improve the quality of our demcracy. We developed this program with the following objectives in mind:

  •   To support and encourage emerging practitioners
  •    Educate about the value and use of public participation
  •    Raise the visibility of the profession
  •    Encourage student membership
  •    Build relationships with higher education institutions
  •    Stimulate learning in the field of public participation
  •    Support the ongoing vitality and sustainability of our organization as service to our mission
  •    Provide continued support and networking opportunity to awardees

Nuts & Bolts: The Application Process


All potential applicants must meet all the below criteria prior to the submission deadline. All applicants must:

  • Be members of IAP2 USA - Student memberships are $50 annually and come with full membership benefits! Additional information is available here .
  • Attend an accredited US college or university (full or part-time) at the time of the application and award.
  • Provide a 500-word personal statement or proposed purpose and use of funds to advance your work related to the field of public participation.  
  • Provide unofficial transcripts showing relevant coursework. Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts for verification.
  • Submit contact information for two references from any combination of academic, volunteer, or professional references.

Submit all materials electronically to IAP2 USA Executive Manager, Amelia Shaw, at amelia@IAP2usa.org by February 10th, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Kit

Please feel free to take a moment to read about the scholarship program. This will assist you in finding direction and clarification when deciding if this program is a good fit for you, and when creating your application packet!

 At the bottom of the application you will find an application checklist. Please ensure  you have completed and attached all required documents prior to submission.  All applicants must complete and submit the application and additional materials by February 10th, 2017.

What's the next step?

Applications will be reviewed by members of the IAP2 USA Student Scholarship Review Committee. IAP2 USA is committed to supporting students nationwide. In selecting finalists and the final awardees, reviewers are asked to factor geographic diversity into their decisions (based on location of college or university) and will also prioritize those who have not previously received a scholarship from IAP2 USA or an IAP2 USA chapter. A round of interviews will be conducted with top candidates by phone or video conference. Winners will be notified of the awards by April 1st, 2017

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