Fulbright Finalist Taylor Kay

Taylor Kay '15 graduated magna cum laude with a major in Urban Studies. While she was at LMU, Taylor served as the tour guide coordinator for the Office of Admissions, supervising more than 30 student guides who worked with Taylor to introduce the campus to future students and their parents, visiting dignitaries and officials, and friends of the University.

Committed to improving the lives of the diverse population of metropolitan Los Angeles, Taylor found the Urban Studies major, with its integral internship program, ideally suited to her educational and career goals. Combining her Urban Studies classes with directly relevant work in the community, Taylor completed two internships, first as a legislative intern in the office of L.A. City Councilmember Bernard Parks and then as an economic development intern in the Community Development Department of the City of Inglewood. On-campus, Taylor was awarded a Rains Undergraduate Research Fellowship and worked with Dr. Pete Hoffman, Director of the Urban Studies Program, on a project examining the granting of zoning variances.

With a solid academic preparation in urban issues, a proven record of undergraduate research, and an impressive resume of internship experiences, Taylor was a Fulbright scholarship finalist as a senior. Upon graduation, Taylor was offered a full-time position as a planning technician by the City of Inglewood and is currently working there. In fall of 2016, she began her Master's of Planning and Master's of Public Administration at USC.