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CNU is dedicated to providing as many opportunities as possible for new and underrepresented voices to attend our annual Congress. Everyone with a financial need is eligible to apply and in particular, we are doing special outreach to local government staff and elected officials who have had their budgets entirely shut down to help address the urgent needs associated with the COVID-19 public health crisis.
In an effort to expand participation at the annual Congress, and bring in new voices, CNU will offer a select number of registration scholarships to CNU 29.Design for Change. Scholarship funds are as follows:
1. Richard McLaughlin Scholarship fund for appointed or elected officials
2. CNU Fellows Scholarship fund for emerging leaders in the placemaking movement
3. CNU General Scholarship fund geared toward local government employees and officials; representatives, employees, and volunteers of community and nonprofit organizations; members of historically underrepresented populations, and undergraduate and graduate students.
Richard McLaughlin was a charter member of CNU when he passed away in 2006. In honor of Rich's deep and abiding contributions to the cause of New Urbanism, CNU created the Richard McLaughlin Scholarship Fund to fund annual Congress registration costs for one or two appointed or elected officials each year. By educating appointed and elected officials on the benefits of New Urbanism, they will have the tools they need to be leaders in the revitalization of their communities.
A virtual Congress is an excellent opportunity to introduce new voices and perspectives to our discussions as well as to introduce New Urbanist ideas and approaches to a new generation. CNU is committed to accepting as many applications this year as we can. Please help us spread the word.