New Scholarship in Honor of Happy Fernandez

  • Happy Fernandez

For Immediate Release
February 6, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) On behalf of the Moore community, we are honored to announce that a new scholarship fund has been established at Moore College of Art & Design in memory of Happy Fernandez.

A new scholarship at Moore honoring Happy is particularly appropriate because, for her, raising money for scholarships and fellowships was a special focus. During her 13 years as president of Moore, she secured more than $3.5 million in new scholarships and fellowships. 

We are aware of Happy’s many long-lasting contributions to Moore and are inspired when reflecting upon her major accomplishments. Under her leadership, the college completed a successful $30 million capital campaign and introduced the Visionary Woman Awards. Moore introduced coeducational graduate programs and launched two innovative undergraduate majors. Her commitment to the college’s career-focused mission led to required internships in all majors and the funding of a unique Internship Fellowship for every junior. 

Happy devoted her life to making a difference and was a role model who will be deeply missed. We will always remember her as a tireless advocate of Moore’s mission to educate students for careers in art and design. She was a leader who cared deeply about young women, the arts and the City of Philadelphia. We will be honoring her at an intimate College ceremony on February 21, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Great Hall.  We invite you to join us if you can.

If you would like to make a special gift to the new scholarship at Moore to honor Happy, your contribution will help us continue the quality of arts education she led and, in doing so, honor her memory. Make a Donation Now.

Remembering Happy Fernandez


Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring 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 nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

Published on February 6th, 2013