PIDC is proud to announce the first winners of the PIDC-D’Alessio Scholarship for Urban Development. The scholarship was launched in 2019 to support graduate students at Philadelphia schools seeking to pursue a career in urban development and finance. The scholarship was created by PIDC in recognition of M. Walt D’Alessio’s decades of commitment and leadership at PIDC; his many years of service to Philadelphia’s business, civic, and governmental communities; and his support for people across the profession.

In fall of 2019, a seven member committee, made up of PIDC staff, narrowed the 67 scholarship applicants to select the winners of our first ever PIDC-D’Alessio Scholarship for Urban Development. The recipients will each receive a $2,500 scholarship and will also be offered a paid PIDC summer internship in 2020.

The inaugural scholarship awardees are exemplary Philadelphia scholars in the field of city planning.

Cokie Mayenpu Nanka

Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION:
Tufts University (BA); University of Pennsylvania,
International Relations (International Security) BA; Master of City Planning (Community and Economic Development)

PIDC INTERNSHIP:
Credit & Portfolio Management

“As a Philadelphia-native who is a woman of color, I truly believe that inclusive and equitable urban development and planning is a driving force behind prosperous and strong communities. The PIDC-D’Alessio Scholarship for Urban Development is an amazing opportunity to work towards my goal of obtaining a Master of City Planning degree. Having spent time getting to know PIDC’s mission and work as an intern, I’m happy to earn a scholarship from an organization that exemplifies a love and dedication to inclusive growth in Philadelphia.”

Jill Audra Schoenfeld

Woodbridge, CT

EDUCATION:
University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Master of City Planning, expected 2020 (Community and Economic Development concentration); Harvard College 2013, Sociology concentration with secondary field in Spanish

PIDC INTERNSHIP:
Real Estate Services

“It’s incredibly rewarding to receive the scholarship as I enter my last semester of graduate school. It gives me confidence as I get ready to head back into the real world! I’m also really excited to continue my work with PIDC’s real estate services over the summer. I look forward to continuing to learn about, and support, the city. Thank you for this opportunity!”

PIDC just announced the second cycle of the PIDC-D’Alessio Scholarship for Urban Development on our website.