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Accredited Programs
and Student Scholarships

Accredited Planning Programs

Six universities across Ontario offer accredited planning programs which allow students to develop the knowledge and skills they require to become leaders in the planning field.

These programs provide students with opportunities to engage in rigorous and well-focused education across a broad spectrum of planning issues like urban design, rural studies, community sustainability, transportation, housing, heritage, and more. Each unique program allows students to engage in teamwork, active learning, and real-world projects led by exceptional professors and lecturers with years of experience as practicing professional planners.

As a planning student, you'll contribute to innovative research, embark on travel opportunities, engage with community members, and develop your own unique areas of study. You'll enter the workforce with a professional edge, ready to navigate the challenges of rapidly evolving environments, and play an important role in achieving community strength now - and for future generations.

Student Scholarship Applications

OPPI recognizes today’s planning students are the Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) of tomorrow and provides student members with scholarship opportunities that award excellence and community contributions.

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1 of each year. 

To apply:

  • Fill out the online scholarship application form
  • Include a 700 word summary of  your interests at school and in the community
  • Provide your current academic transcript
  • Prodive two (2) letters of reference, one from a Full member of OPPI

The fine print:

  • Prior to receiving the scholarship, the recipient will be required to provide a certified academic transcript, and confirmation in writing from his or her planning school that he or she is enrolled in an OPPI-recognized undergraduate or graduate planning program for the academic year.
  • OPPI's Outreach Committee evaluates submissions based on the selection criteria. It may elect not to choose an award winner for any given scholarship and/or may choose a runner-up to whom the scholarship may be awarded in the event that the first-choice recipient is found to be ineligible.
  • Scholarship recipients will be announced within 60 days of the closing date for submissions. The winner will be profiled on OPPI’s website and OPPI’s social media channels. The winners will also receive a free registration for the 2021 Conference and will be recognized at an awards event. 
  • For further information, please email the OPPI office or call 416.483.1873 ext. 0 or 1.800.668.1448.

Student Scholarships 

Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship assists in furthering planning education and recognize student members who are making a contribution to their communities. Applicants must be Student Members of OPPI at the time of application and the recipient must be enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate planning program in Ontario.

Selection Criteria:

  • Extent of current and past service and commitment to the community (e.g., planning school, OPPI or society in general)
  • The career objectives of the applicant
  • Academic performance
  • Reference support (two letters of reference with one from an RPP)

Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship assists in furthering planning education and recognize student members who are making a contribution to their communities. Applicants must be members of OPPI at the time of application and the recipient must be enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate planning program in Ontario.

Selection Criteria:

  • Extent of current and past service and commitment to the community (e.g., planning school, OPPI or society in general)
  • The career objectives of the applicant
  • Academic performance
  • Reference support (two letters of reference)

Southwest Ontario District Planning Student Scholarships are intended to promote excellence in relevant planning education, community service and personal achievement by student members of OPPI's Southwest District who are enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate university planning program for the academic year in which the application is made.

The successful applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Relevant academic interests a nd/or research activity to professional planning practice in Southwestern Ontario;
  • Academic performance; and
  • Current or past contributions to the activities of a community, club, volunteer organization, university, or, OPPI.

To Apply for the Southwest District Ontario Planning Scholarship a letter of application with full return mailing address, email address, and phone number must be accompanied by:

  1. No more than a two-page statement of academic interests and/or career objectives;
  2. Two letters of reference: one of which must be from either an university faculty who is a Full member of OPPI or a previous employer in a planning related profession; and
  3. One copy of all academic transcripts for all completed post-secondary courses, which is a certified original or a photocopy of an original that is verified by a member of the university staff to be a true copy.

Submission Deadline: Applications must be received by the Secretary-Treasurer of the SWOD-OPPI Educational Trust Foundation on or before November 1 each year.

Only complete applications will be considered. Up to two awards will be presented at the November meeting of the Southwestern District OPPI membership. Successful candidates must supply their social insurance number to the Secretary-Treasurer to obtain the award.

Secretary-Treasurer of the SWOD-OPPI Educational Trust Foundation
Mr. Allan Rothwell, MCIP, RPP
5251 Line 81
RR#4 Listowel, ON
N4W 3G9
phone: 519.291.9898
email: allanfrothwell@gmail.com

2021 Student Scholarship Winners

David is an undergraduate student at University of Waterloo, B.E.S. (Planning) co-op program. He was also a member of OPPI’s Student Liaison Committee.
 
OPPI's Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate scholarship is named for a long-standing member who has made significant contributions to the Institute. Ron has been a longstanding OPPI member and volunteer and is one of OPPI’s biggest champions.

Lindsey is a graduate student at University of Waterloo, M.A. (Planning) program. She was also a member of OPPI’s Student Liaison Committee and is currently on OPPI’s Anti Black Racism Task Force.

OPPI’s Gerald Carrothers Graduate scholarship is named for a long-standing member who has made significant contributions to the Institute. Gerald has been a longstanding OPPI member and volunteer and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He has a special interest in planning education which makes this award especially appropriate.