Urban Design and Preservation Division Scholars

Program Goal

The Urban Design and Preservation Division Student Scholar Program promotes interest and career development for emerging professionals in urban planning, urban design, and historic preservation by providing an opportunity to network with senior leadership professionals and contribute to Division outreach and research initiatives.


Division Scholars Andrea Cruz Mejia & Jamie Zerillo


We are pleased to announce that Jaime Zerillo, a graduate planning student at the University of Florida, is our Division's Historic Preservation Scholar. Andrea Cruz Mejia, a graduate planning student at the University of Texas-Austin, was selected as our D-PRAT Scholar! In this interview, Jamie and Andrea talk about their interests and what they are contributing to our Division's initiatives.


We've had some great Division Scholars over the years! Learn more about our past scholars and their projects.


About the Program

The intent of the Division Scholar Program is to foster increased interest in the study of, and specialization in, urban design and historic preservation, and the interrelationship between these two areas of planning at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.

Up to two paid scholarships are awarded annually. The term of the scholarship may span anywhere from six months to one year and will include approximately 80 work hours. The scholar will receive a stipend commensurate to the agreed-upon work hours. Scholars conduct their duties remotely, and report directly to the Division's Executive Committee.