UMVRDC Community Development Planner Scholarship
What is a community development planner? Are you interested in work that makes a difference in rural Minnesota? Candidates that are passionate about their work, who are curious to find options and solutions for locally identified issues, and who relish in the idea of working on a diverse portfolio of work are ideal for this career field.
Planners influence roads, parks, internet access, buildings, public policy, natural resources and many other aspects in the cities and counties around us. If so, YOU might want to consider a career as a community development planner!
Application Process Click here to download the full application (RDC Scholarship)
1. Submit the application materials as requested below.
2. Applications will be considered throughout the year until all designated scholarship funds are awarded.
3. Application finalists will be invited to a personal interview with the scholarship committee.
4. Applications will be announced within 30 days of the interview.
5. Attach an essay (2-page maximum single spaced) explaining why you are interested in the planning field and what you hope to do with your degree after college graduation. Attach a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.
For questions contact UMVRDC’s Executive Director, Dawn Hegland at 320.289.1981 x 101. Completed applications should be sent via mail or email to :
UMVRDC Executive Director
323 West Schlieman Ave
Appleton MN 56208
Want to learn more about our agency or the region? Check out our agency hiring video; the UMVRDC or Western Minnesota Prairie Waters websites; or search for UMVRDC, Prairie Waters, or Get Rural MN on Facebook; or review our most recent annual report. Check out this short video about what a planner does https://youtu.be/_5ot_1tbQX8. The American Planning Association and the MN Chapter have some wonderful resources about the role and job responsibilities of a planner. https://www.planning.org/choosingplanning/
Sample Colleges and Universities in the Midwest with Planning Degrees
- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- University of Minnesota-Duluth
- Minnesota State University-Mankato
- St Cloud State University
- University of Iowa – Iowa City
- Iowa State University – Ames
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Ball State University – Muncie, IN