• Cindy W. Hodnett

IFDA Educational Foundation announces 2017 scholarships

NEW BERN, N.C. — Representatives from the Educational Foundation of the International Furnishings and Design Association have announced the winners of the organization’s 2017 scholarships.

In announcing the winners, EF Chairman Linda Hunt said that foundation members were proud that "we could assist the development of these individuals and look forward to seeing what they and other designers on the cutting edge will contribute to the field of design." The winners are:

thomahlen IFDA Leaders Commemorative Scholarship ($1,500) — Taylor Thormahlen, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. This scholarship is open to full-time students engaged in volunteer or community service projects who have held leadership posts during the past five years. Thormahlen said that "winning this scholarship would allow me the benefit of continuing my education and help me achieve my goal of helping others achieve their dreams through interior design."

troppPart-Time Student Scholarship ($1,500) — Tova Tropp, New York School of Interior Design, Manhattan. This scholarship is for a degree-seeking undergrad in an interior design or related program. Tropp’s stated short-term goals "are to gain experience in as many facets of design as possible, so that I can find a place where I can really make a difference."

feldmanIFDA Student Member Scholarship ($2,000) — Maggi Feldman, New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology. This scholarship is for a student member of an IFDA chapter who has completed at least four interior-design or related courses. Feldman hopes to become a design consultant and said, “My goal is to create spaces and products that benefit society.”

coatsVercille Voss IFDA Graduate Student Scholarship ($2,000) — Aisha Coats, Harrington College of Design, Chicago. This scholarship is for a full- or part-time grad student who has completed four design courses and is majoring in interior design or a related field. "My specific areas of design within interior design are furniture design, hospitality, branded environments, lighting and sustainability,” Coats said, adding that she hopes to create "designs for interior spaces that will elevate the human spirit and provide an indelible benefit to our society."

songRuth Clark Furniture Design Scholarship ($3,000) — Hannim Song, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I. This scholarship is available to any full- or part-time undergraduate or grad student specializing in residential wood- or upholstered-furniture design. "There is a deep interconnection between furniture and our lives that we often overlook," Song said, adding that she "focuses on the context, the form, the materials, the building process and the end-user experience" of designing furniture.

yorkTricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship ($1,500) — Megan York, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. This scholarship was established for full- or part-time undergrads who have completed four or more design courses and plan to be educated participants in the green movement. "I want to integrate my position for environmental architecture into innovative design," York said. "I desire to practice regenerative design."

anastasioWindow Fashion Certified Professionals Fast Track Scholarship ($1,000)— Christina Anastasio, High Point University, N.C. This scholarship was created for students enrolled in interior-design programs who seek workroom or design certification. Anastasio hopes to continue gaining experience in multiple internships before and after graduation.

Cindy HodnettCindy W. Hodnett | Upholstery/Style Editor

As the Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture/Today, I spend my work hours studying the sloping curves of sofa frames, the intricacies of fabric and the nail head trim and button accents that function as jewelry on a piece of upholstery. I research the companies that bring these things together for retailers, and ultimately consumers, and interview industry leaders about their business strategies and where they think furniture is heading in the future. And when traveling, I provide a sneak peek at what I'm seeing, whether at international markets or in High Point or Las Vegas.

I look forward to sharing what I see and I hope you'll feel free to do the same. Email me at chodnett@furnituretoday.com or follow me on Twitter @CynthiaWHodnett.


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