The Nico Linesch Boundary Crossing Scholar’s Award is for graduate students to continue Nico’s work and design interdisciplinary internships in government agencies or nonprofits whose budgets limit their capacity to offer compensation.


  • Be a current post-baccalaureate student enrolled in a graduate or professional program at a California public or private accredited university. US citizens and non-US citizens are eligible for this award
  • Have an internship plan at a governmental or nonprofit agency as part of degree program. The government agency or nonprofit must be based and located in the United States

Apply annually for this $4,000 award. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2019. The application and award details can be found at the California Student Sustainability Coalition web site. Contact [email protected] with questions.

This award is funded by Nico’s loved ones in his memory. He was one of our important leaders who died in January 2017 just as he was finding himself professionally at the intersection between data informed urban planning and public health. His dream was to incorporate public health data in transportation strategies for the planned environment. He loved to engage communities in articulating a vision that was safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable, especially in marginalized areas of Los Angeles, the city where he was raised and which he loved.