Memorial Foundation

Denise Abboud Fund

The purpose of the Denise Abboud Fund is to help with the education and ongoing professional development of planners and volunteer appointees who work in or provide assistance to Georgia cities and counties in an official planning role. Scholarships may be awarded to such recipients as a local government’s staff planner, an appointed Planning Commissioner, a Regional Commission planner that provided services to local governments, and similar public employees or volunteer appointees. Planners who work in for-profit companies or statewide agencies are not eligible.

The Foundation focuses on two programs for scholarships to be offered through the Denise Abboud Fund each year.

  • GPA Fall Conference. (download application)
    This program offers scholarships in the amount of $500 to attend GPA fall conferences. Additionally, the conference registration fee may be waived for GPA members. To apply for the 2018 GPA Fall Conference Scholarship, please fill out a scholarship form and submit it, along with a reference letter, on or before August 3, 2018.

  • Community Planning Institute. (download application)
    Scholarships are offered covering the registration fee for attendance at Community Planning Institute workshops, and for one night’s stay at the workshop hotel. For more information on the CPI workshops, please visit the DCA website.

All applications must be accompanied by a Letter of Reference from one’s supervisor or other person in a leadership position related to the applicant’s official planning role.

An application for either of these events can be submitted by or on behalf of any qualified recipient, and is not limited to GPA members. In order to have enough time to consider all requests, your application must be received 5 working days prior to the “early registration deadline” for the desired event. (Application deadlines for upcoming events are noted above.)

Scholarship applications for a particular event will be considered collectively on the “due date”, and applicants will be informed of their status as soon thereafter as possible. In the event that the number of applications exceeds our funds availability for the event, grants will be made based on those best meeting the Foundation’s adopted selection criteria. Click here to review the selection criteria.

For more information on the GPMF, it’s Denise Abboud Fund, professional development scholarship offerings, application forms and selection criteria, visit the GPA web site at and click on ‘GA Planning Memorial Foundation.’

Board Members and Officers

The Foundation’s current members and officers are:

  • President: Marsha Anderson Bomar
  • Vice President: William Ross
  • Secretary: Daniel Reuter
  • Treasurer: Todd Barker
  • Eric Bosman
  • Patti Cullin
  • Inga Kennedy
  • Richard Osborne
  • Adriane Wood

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