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Professional Development Scholarships

Professional Development Scholarships are available each summer.  Do you demonstrate commitment in the field of community planning, involvement in public sector planning, and a desire to enhance your expertise and/or develop new skills? Take advantage of this opportunity and apply for the Jerry Walls Planning Professional Development Award and Irving Hand Excellence in Planning Professional Development Award. Deadline for applications is Friday, August 26.

Jerry S. Walls Scholarship Application

 The Jerry S. Walls Planning Professional Development Award

The PA Chapter of APA encourages the pursuit of professional development through the administration of the Jerry S. Walls, FAICP Planning Professional Development Award.  A scholarship of $2000.00 will be awarded to the Pennsylvania applicant who demonstrates commitment in the field of community planning, involvement in public sector planning, and a desire to enhance their expertise and/or develop new skills. 

Jerry S. Walls, FAICP, started his planning career in Maryland working for the State, then for the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan after U.S. Army service in Vietnam, and then as Executive Director/CEO of the Lycoming County Planning Commission, Williamsport, PA for 38 years, for a total career employment of 44 years. Although officially retired, he continues today as a part-time Expert Witness on zoning issues, Policy and Training Consultant to the County Planning Directors Association of PA, and Mediator of Land Use and Environmental Issues.

Jerry also serves as a volunteer citizen and Board Chairman of the 8 county SEDA COG Joint Rail Authority, which owns and operates 5 shortline freight railroads. He also was a founding organizer and is currently Chairman of the Board of the 22 county Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. As one of the founding organizers Jerry was elected the first President of the County Planning Directors Association of PA. Jerry served 11 years on the State Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He has conducted workshops and training for the PA Local Government Training Partnership (DCED, PSATS, PSAB, CCAP), PMPEI, and for Penn State University. He has been an active member the American Planning Association PA Chapter and its predecessor American Institute of Planners, serving on the Legislative Committee. Other volunteer citizen service includes the PA Wilds Planning Team Partner At Large, Pine Creek Watershed Council Partner At Large, and Public Art Academy Board Chairman for two terms.

Jerry’s planning career has been devoted to understanding and pursuit of the public interest through enlightened planning and implementation of plans for community betterment. Education is the key to understanding the public interest, and to inspire the pursuit of excellence.

Jerry S. Walls Scholarship Application

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