President Fernandez' Discretionary Fund Will Support Leadership Fellowships and Prizes

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that $357,000 has been raised for the President Fernandez Discretionary Fund honoring the leadership of President Happy Craven Fernandez, who steps down at the end of June after 13 years as President of the College. The fund was presented to President Fernandez on May 7, at a reception honoring her tenure. President Fernandez has chosen to allocate the money to endow and support women’s leadership fellowships, prizes and programming at the College through the:

  • Happy Fernandez Women’s Leadership Fellowship ($100,000 endowment) – Award $4,000 to a rising sophomore or junior.

  • Happy Fernandez Women’s Leadership Prize ($100,000 endowment) – Award $4,000 at Honors Convocation to a graduating senior who has been a part of Moore’s student leadership programs.

  • Happy Fernandez International Study Scholarship ($100,000 endowment) – Award $2,000 each to two first- and/or second-year students who want to take an international study course at a College-approved program during the first or second summer at Moore.

  • Student Leadership Training Opportunities for BFA Students ($57,000) – Provided to the Office of Student Services to use over the next five years to expand and enhance student leadership training and opportunities for BFA students.

“I am deeply grateful to the many donors who contributed so generously to the fund in my honor,” Fernandez said. “It is a wonderful endorsement of all that has been accomplished at Moore in the last 13 years. And it represents the collective achievements of an extraordinary team of supportive board members, exceptional senior managers, dedicated staff, inspiring faculty, engaged and creative students and accomplished alumnae.”

“The fund provides me with the opportunity to support women’s leadership and to ensure that Moore continues as a strong, relevant and creative visual arts college. The “President’s Discretionary Fund” will have a lasting impact on what I love most about being at Moore – seeing students and the College blossom over time.”


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 June 28th, 2012