Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning

2023 Scholarship Announcement

The application for the 2023 Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning will be available at the end of 2022. Applications are typically due each January and the Committee encourages early submissions.

The application form is available here: Link

Scholarship Deadline: TBD 2023


Due to the word limit, submissions may reflect adaptations of original student work, including theses, term papers, capstone and studio projects. Works based on collaborations with faculty (e.g., as a research assistant) are only acceptable if this work is student-led, meaning that the student initiated the idea and finished the majority of the work, and is the first author of this work; the collaborative faculty member’s name and contact information must be provided. Group submissions are allowed, although it is expected that one or two students will take responsibility for the submission and represent the group should the submission be chosen as the winner. If a group submits a project, all group members must be enrolled students of the accredited planning program, or APA student/early career members; exceptions for non-planning student or non-APA member co-authors may be granted at the discretion of the scholarship committee.

The submission should speak to planning practitioners about a substantive topic related to economic development. We welcome submissions that focus broadly on the topic of economic development, which we define in terms of enhancing community, urban and regional economic prosperity, inclusion and resilience. Submissions regarding non-United States cases are permitted, but applicants are strongly encouraged to speak directly to their relevance for the EDD audience, which is predominantly based in the US.

The winning paper or project will satisfactorily demonstrate the following: topical relevance to economic development practitioners with a clear discussion of why practitioners should care about the findings; soundness of empirical methods; quality writing; and originality and creativity. 

The committee reserves the right to withhold the award should no submissions comply with these criteria. The winner will be notified in February and the scholarship will be presented at APA's National Planning Conference on April 30 - May 3, 2022. The paper will be published on the Economic Development Division website and distributed electronically to EDD members in the News & Views newsletter; the winning author(s) may be asked to revise their submission prior to publication.

All inquiries should be directed to:

Kerry Fang, Committee Chair
Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning 
Florida State University

2022 Winner

Head shot image of John Trainor from Virginia Tech.
Holzheimer Memorial Scholarship Winner

Jack Trainor, Virginia Tech

Our winner of the 2022 EDD Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship impressed the Scholarship Committee because it was unconventional.  Jack Trainor from Virginia Tech submitted the winning project, titled "Cluster Bucks."  His project is not a comic book but a graphics short story about economies and lessons learned from the Amazon HQ2 competition.  Jack's work will be featured in a future edition of "News and Views" from the Economic Development Division.  Congratulations, Jack!

Read Cluster Bucks here.

2021 Winner

Holzheimer Memorial Scholarship Winner

Emma González Roberts, MIT

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 EDD Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship. Emma González Roberts of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (currently Director of Community Engagement and Organizing at Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation in Chicago) submitted the winning paper, titled "Rebuilding Main Street After COVID-19: Recommendations for and reflections from small and mid-sized American cities." The paper summarizes research conducted in summer 2020 in six U.S. cities in the northeast and midwest examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on downtown retail spaces. Based on a business survey and interviews with local officials, Emma’s paper offers practical recommendations for cities and their retail cores as they grapple with the fallout of business closures, commercial vacancy, and potential long-term decreases in downtown activity in the pandemic’s wake.

Honorable Mention:
  • The committee also acknowledged the following submission with “Honorable Mention” designation: Grace Yixian Zhou & Avi Gandhi (Cornell University), “Short Term Rentals: Economic Implications and Local Policy Response.”

2021 Scholarship Committee:

  • The 2021 Holzheimer Scholarship committee was comprised of: Dr. Greg Schrock of Portland State University (Chair); Dr. Li (Kerry) Fang of the University of Florida; Dr. Henry Renski of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Corey Proctor of Forrest County, Mississippi; Katie McConnell of Arlington (VA) Economic Development; and Emily Egan of the City of Elmhurst, Illinois.

The winning paper, and summaries of the honorable mention papers, can be found in the Spring edition of the Economic Development Division's News & Views Newsletter.

Previous Scholarship Winners

About the Holzheimer Scholarship

The Economic Development Division annually solicits applications for the Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning. Master's-level students enrolled in or recently graduated from PAB-accredited planning programs, or other current student or recently graduated APA early-career members, are eligible to apply. The application system generally opens in late November, with the deadline in January (subject to change).

The scholarship is named in memory of longtime APA member and economic development visionary, Dr. Terry Holzheimer of Arlington County, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The $2,000 award is a scholarship provided by the APA's Economic Development Division. Winners are strongly encouraged, but not required, to use the award money to support attendance at the APA National Planning Conference. The application materials should include an original student paper or work that is 2,500 words or less (including citations and footnotes), and must include the name and contact information of a faculty member involved in supervising the student and/or the submitted work.

About Dr. Terry Holzheimer