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Hord Coplan Macht Renews Annual Scholarship

Hord Coplan Macht | Photo: Mark Herboth
January 23, 2023

CBEISThe Hord Coplan Macht Scholarship Fund celebrates Hord Coplan Macht’s (HCM) long-standing relationship with Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning. Together, the two entities have provided scholarships and formed a successful mentorship and internship program, offering numerous students extracurricular education, employment and growth opportunities since the partnership's inception. 

“Our relationship with Morgan State University is a key part of HCM’s commitment to improving diversity in the AEC industry. By providing financial support to HBCU architecture and landscape architecture students, we are able to help ease financial constraints that can impede the completion of an expensive degree. We are incredibly proud to offer this funding to the next generation of designers from underrepresented communities,” said Cynthia Shonaiya, Morgan State M.Arch ‘98 and Principal at HCM.

Scholarships will be awarded to qualified students based on academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Eight students have previously been awarded with the Hord Coplan Macht Scholarship Fund, and the firm's recommitment will support the education for 20 undergraduates in the years to come. 

"This scholarship supports our mutual goal of making design practice more reflective of society and responsive to its needs." said Laurel McSherry, Program Director, Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at Morgan State University.

Student awardees will be identified by the program directors in the spring of each year. 

About Hord Coplan Macht
Hord Coplan Macht is an architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and interior design firm. Specializing in education, healthcare, mixed-use, parks, office, and institutional facilities, the firm has offices in Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; and Denver, CO.

About Morgan State University
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit