Which design students have won the 9 IFDA Educational Foundation Scholarships?


LEWISVILLE, NC — The International Furnishings and Design Association Educational Foundation has announced its design scholarship winners for 2022. This year, the nine winners received a total of $16,000. The judging was conducted by a subset of the EF board.

“Congratulations to all the winners. We are very pleased to award scholarships to these talented individuals who will shape the design and furniture industry for years to come,” said Helen Wagner, Board Chair of the IFDA Education Foundation “Nurturing and supporting talent is our raison d’être.

Applicants must be currently enrolled and the scholarships are paid to the school for tuition for the fall 2022 semester. The eight winners share a passion for creating indoor environments that are healthy, sustainable, and that improve the quality of life . They are:

  • Dylan Boroski of Florida State University in Tallahassee won the IFDA Leaders Memorial Scholarship for $1,500. He is a fourth year student in the Architecture and Interior Design program and is focused on a career in interior design and architecture.
  • The $1,500 part-time student scholarship was awarded to Elaine Mansure, a furniture design student at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, graduating in the spring of 2023.
  • Brianna Lee, a third-year student at Converse University in Spartanburg, South Carolina, who is studying interior design, won the IFDA Student Member Scholarship for $2,000. Her goal after graduation is to work in an interior design company doing commercial and hospitality design.
  • The Vercille Voss IFDA Graduate Scholarship for $2,000 went to Abel Peter, a graduate student from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is pursuing a master’s degree in architecture with a concentration in interior design and specializes in “adaptive building reuse” and is an architect.
  • Tomoki Nomura of the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. won the Ruth Clark Furniture Design Scholarship for $4,000.
  • Sarah Lewis, an industrial design student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, was awarded the Tricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship for $1,500.
  • Melanie Calan Sanchez, a student at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been named the winner of the $2,500 IFDA Philadelphia Graphic Design Scholarship. Sanchez will graduate with a bachelor’s degree this year and is working toward a major in graphic design with a minor in visual and performing arts.
  • Lauren Hellner, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, won the Window Fashion Certified Professionals Fast Track Scholarship for $1,000 (one full registration for the webinar series). She is studying interior design and a minor in professional sales.

IFDA Educational Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501c(3) organization. Its nine scholarships support full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in interior, green/sustainable, product, and textile design. In addition, grants support professional development opportunities for IFDA members and other design industry professionals, as well as resources needed for design schools and IFDA programs for chapters. and the members.

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