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(Philadelphia) – Moore College of Art & Design, the first and only visual arts college for undergraduate women in the country and The Links, Inc., the international volunteer service organization for professional women of color, will announce a joint partnership on Thursday [Nov. 12] to create scholarships in the names of the co-founders of The Links.

The presidents of the Philadelphia and Penn Towne chapters of The Links, Inc. will join Moore President Cecelia Fitzgibbon to announce The Philadelphia Chapter, The Links Incorporated Margaret R. Hawkins Scholarship for Women in the Arts and The Penn Towne Chapter, The Links Incorporated Sarah Strickland Scott Scholar. The announcement will take place at 5:30 pm and will be followed by a reception at the College, 20th Street and The Parkway.

The two $5,000 scholarships, totaling $40,000 over four years, will be awarded to two incoming first year students of color for the fall of 2016. “We are so excited to be partnering with The Links to offer this scholarship and we look forward to future opportunities to collaborate,” said Elizabeth Mathis, executive director of admissions.

The Links, Inc. was founded in Philadelphia by Scott and Hawkins ‘31, a Moore alumna, in 1946. Both of them were members of the Philadelphia chapter, the founding chapter. The Links, Inc. is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Moore alumna Sharon Parks ’86, a member the College’s Board of Managers and the Penn Towne chapter of The Links coordinated Thursday’s event with Carol Lawrence, also a member of the Board of Managers and the Philadelphia chapter of The Links.

“The Founding Chapter and Links around the country salute Moore College of Art and Design, and all involved, for the vision to create this scholarship in the name of an outstanding leader whose foresight has impacted so many,” Philadelphia chapter President Dr. Mahlene Duckett Lee said.

Lawrence added: “It is an honor to celebrate and memorialize Margaret R. Hawkins with this scholarship. Mrs. Hawkins, a 1931 graduate of the Women’s School of Design, now known as Moore College of Art & Design, exemplified the excellence and high ideals that we support in today’s young women.”

Penn Towne chapter President Caroline De Marco said, “I'm very proud and honored 
that Moore College of Art and Design and The Penn Towne and Philadelphia Chapters of The Links, Inc., are able to partner to provide scholarships to deserving college bound women of color."

“I’m really looking forward to this partnership,” Parks said. “It’s the beginning of a relationship between Moore and The Links and I’d like to do a lot more. This is a wonderful beginning.”

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 14,000 professional women of color in 281 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. For more information visit

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. Coeducational Graduate Studies programs were launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, Continuing Education programs for professional adults, the 93-year-old acclaimed Young Artists Workshop for young people, grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit


Published on November 11th, 2015