Brian and Leah Swanton met for the first time in their first ever ASU class at the College of Architecture & Environmental Design when he was a 17 year old freshman and she was a 19 year old transfer student. They both graduated in 1995 with a BS in Urban Planning, and both went on to receive their Masters in Public Administration, from ASU. Their oldest daughter is now a sophomore in the Barrett Honors College.
Brian is the President and CEO of Gorman & Company, a national real estate development company, and Leah is on the management team in the City of Phoenix’s Planning & Development Department. Brian has taught courses and guest lectured at ASU and they are season ticket holders for ASU football and basketball. They are now feeling the urge to give back to the ASU community that has given so much to them, and their desire is to focus that support in the School of Planning.
The Brian & Leah Swanton Urban Planning Scholarship will award students intending to utilize their work in the urban planning field to positively impact distressed communities across the U.S. while helping to create social equity amongst low income populations.
Award(s) will be made to undergraduate and/or graduate students in a School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning program that will culminate in a B.S. or MUEP degree in Urban Planning or Urban and Environmental Planning at Arizona State University.
Applicants must submit the following
- Plain cover sheet with name, degree program, 10-digit ID number, and the name of the award you are applying for.
- Essay with a maximum word count of 300 describing how you intend to utilize your work in the urban planning field to positively impact distressed communities across the U.S. while helping to create social equity amongst low income populations.
Please submit a single PDF file containing all your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) no later than March 1. Please use the following naming convention for your application file: Award - last name, first name (ex. “Swanton Scholarship – Smith, John”). When submitting, please copy and paste the name of your file into the subject line of your email.
Only complete applications submitted in accordance with the instructions will be considered by the awards committee. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure their application is complete and formatted as required.
Two awards up to $1000 will be given.