Margarita P. McCoy Scholarship in Urban Planning

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 3:00pm
Professor Margarita McCoy
Professor Margarita McCoy

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Margarita P. McCoy Scholarship in Urban Planning.  The scholarship honors the legacy of Margarita P. McCoy by supporting and encouraging students in urban and regional planning. Thanks to the generosity of former students, colleagues, friends, and family, this scholarship is made possible through the Margarita P. McCoy Scholarship in Urban Planning endowment fund.

Margarita P. McCoy (1923 – 2016) was a professor and chair of URP from 1976 to 1989. She was the first woman to chair a university department of urban planning in the United States.  During her 50-year career, she pressed university departments nationwide to open their doors to women and minorities. She was active on several professional and accreditation boards, and served on the La Habra Heights Planning Commission.


Eligibility: Any undergraduate or graduate student with an Urban and Regional Planning major who has completed a successful year of study can apply for the scholarship. Minimum 3.0 GPA in major required. Preference will be given to mature adult, minority and women applicants.

Scholarship Award Amount: The total distribution for this year will be $5,000.

How To Apply: The Scholarship Committee requests a brief essay of the applicants. The essay should include information on the student’s academic qualifications and accomplishments, career goals, and reasons for selecting the candidate. If applicable, the essay should address the challenges that the student overcame or currently experiences as a minority and/or as a woman. We ask that the essay be no longer than two (2) pages and include at least one paragraph on each of the above listed criteria. The essay must be submitted to Laura Fujimoto-Hernandez (urpdept@cpp.edu) via e-mailed by Friday, March 22, 2019.

Basis of Award: The Scholarship Committee, comprised of URP faculty, will select the student to receive the scholarship based on a review of their application, including academic standing and review of the application essay. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic qualifications, career goals, and accomplishments as minority and/or women.


If you have any quetions, please contact Dr. Do Kim (dohyungkim@cpp.edu).