Three PACE students receive Merritt Community Capital Scholarships

Friday, February 19, 2021

Since 2009, the Merritt Community Capital Corporation has been a generous funder of student scholarships in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE), giving a total of $23,434 annually to support two students majoring in Urban Studies & Planning and one pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration. The objective of the Merritt Community Capital Scholarship Fund is to promote and encourage the development of student career interest in the fields of affordable housing development and management. The scholarships help students cover their educational expenses while pursuing their degrees at SF State and enable them to explore affordable housing career opportunities.

2020-2021 awardees

Ivanna Paulette Guerrero

Ivanna GuerreroIvanna Paulette Guerrero aims to learn through her studies as Urban Studies & Planning major how to better care for her fellow neighbors, her community and the world at large. She seeks to learn the necessary skills to implement change for the advancement of a fairer and unified world. She plans to continue her studies in the field of development and wish to innovate through architecture, affordable and sustainable community building. She aspires to be a planner for a new way of creating cities, how we interact, live and function in them. 


Christopher Trowbridge

Christopher TrowbridgeUrban Studies & Planning major Christopher Trowbridge is focusing on sustainable urban infrastructure, particularly in experimental and improvised communities. He currently works in disaster response, responding to rapidly provide critical infrastructure to communities in need. He also moonlights as an educator helping communities develop their sustainable infrastructure and subsistence farming techniques. He plans to continue helping communities build the housing, food and other infrastructure they need to survive and thrive in a changing world.


Phillip Christopher Wong

Phillip Christopher WongMaster of Public Administration student Phillip Christopher Wong serves as a project manager with the City and County of San Francisco, working on large housing and mixed-use developments that provide substantial public benefits and affordable housing. He states that although his work and studies are incredibly enriching, his greatest source of joy and gratitude comes from spending time with and caring for his maternal grandmother, family, friends and partner. He is in the Pubic Administration program to further develop a public service orientation to better articulate public service values and apply them to his everyday life. He advises others to seriously consider the MPA program, and that we all take good care of ourselves and our loved ones.