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Student Scholarship for CNU24


Annual Student Scholarships for CNU24: The Transforming City


2016 Updates

The Congress for the New Urbanism, DC Chapter (CNUdc) is pleased to announce it will award scholarships to attend the annual Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Congress again this year. CNUdc is pleased that they are able to continue this tradition from the last thirteen years the Chapter has been serving the Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland area. This year's Congress will take place June 8 - 11, 2016 in Detriot, Michigan. The annual event brings together over 1,500 individuals from North America and around the world for four days of education, collaboration, discussion, and debate on the policies, designs, and emerging approaches that create great places.


This year CNUdc is also pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Maryland to send at least two of its students to the annual Congress in Detrioit. CNUdc will be also giving additonal scholarships to other students and recent graduates (within 5 years) who apply from Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. CNUdc will award up to five scholarships to CNU24 in Detriot. Each scholarship award will cover the cost of Congress registration and lodging as well as a stipend for travel.  



CNU24: The Transforming City

This year’s conference theme is “The Transforming City.” Detroit and its residents have endured the trauma of transformation from an industrial economy to the information age. They have confronted social, political, and economic challenges familiar to many other urban areas, only at a scale and complexity beyond what most could imagine. Now, Detroiters are emerging from that experience as pioneers of innovation at every level from neighborhood to region.


What better place for planners, designers and policymakers to gather, to learn, to share, to celebrate what this work-in-progress is producing?



Scholarship Eligibility

Those eligible for the student scholarship will be a University of Maryland student or a student from another university in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia who have an interest in urbanism and are studying a field that impacts the built environment. This could include students studying architecture, planning, preservation, transportation, health, public policy/ government, business/economics, real estate/ finance, law or associated fields.  


Previous scholarship winners are ineligible to receive a second scholarship.




Interested candidates shall submit two (2) max 400-word essays* on the following topics:




  • Explain how one of your university projects (or papers) utilizes the concepts in the Congress for New Urbanism’s Charter, include 4-10 images** that illustrate your project.  

  • How would attending CNU24: Detroit help your educational experience? What sessions and/or speakers will help you meet your academic aspirations and professional goals?


*Each essay will ideally be two pages front and back with images included.  

**For projects that are not studio or design based, please use example images of the topics you are discussing.


Eligible candidates must submit their essay to CNUdc no later than Friday, April 8th 2016 at 9pm. Submittals, questions, and comments should be sent via email to CNUdc's secretary, Abbey Oklak. Winning candidates will be notified by Friday, April 22nd 2016.


Scholarship Includes

All winners shall receieve:

  • One (1) registration to CNU24: Detroit

  • One (1) 202 session or tour

  • Housing

  • $500 travel and meals stipend


Additional details

Winners will be required to attend CNUDC’s annual meeting on May 2nd, 2016 to give the board and membership information about their studies or job experience and their application essays. Winners will also be required to provide one (1) 500-word essay on a positive experience they had while at the congress, e.g. an informative session, neat interaction, fun activity.


CNUDC will pay the cost of Congress registration directly to the Congress for the New Urbanism on behalf of each scholarship recipient. CNUdc will also pay the housing costs, and give the information to the recipeients. The remaining amount will be paid to the recipient following the annual meeting.


Previous scholarship winners are ineligible to receive a second scholarship. CNUDC does not discriminate in the granting of any scholarship on the basis of race, sex, marital status, age, handicap, religion, national origin, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.






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