The future of the interior design and home furnishings industries is a hot topic. Many companies and industry organizations have their eyes on students and industry professionals who are dedicated, innovative, and eager to contribute in their fields. These entities offer monetary compensation, design tools, and grants that enrich studies and work. If you know someone who could benefit from these opportunities, then please send this blog along. (image above: The Remedy Bar won 2nd place in commercial projects, 2018)
Houzz Inc.is accepting entries for Houzz Scholarships, a program that supports the next generation of residential renovation and design professionals: students studying architecture, interior design, landscape architecture or construction management. Houzz awards four $2,500 scholarships in the categories of ‘Women in Architecture’, ‘Residential Design’, ‘Sustainable Residential Design’ and ‘Residential Construction Management’. Scholarships are awarded biannually in the spring and fall.The deadline for fall 2019 scholarships is June 30, 2019.
High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students 17 years of age or older are invited to apply at houzz.com/scholarships. In addition to submitting a brief essay on their design and architecture influences, students are invited to create a Houzz professional student profile, where they can showcase their portfolio of work and network with more than 2.3 million active professionals around the world.
The 2019 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is now open for residential and commercial project submissions through March 15. The annual competition challenges current students to create award-winning interior design projects for a chance to win cash prizes and receive national recognition from Sherwin-Williams. “At Sherwin-Williams, we understand the importance of supporting the next generation of interior designers, and we’re pleased to encourage students by offering resources to help them succeed in this exciting industry,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams.
This year’s judging panel includes Patti Carpenter in the residential design category and Martyn Lawrence Bullard in the commercial design category. Carpenter is principal at Carpenter + Company/Trendscope, a handmade textiles business, as well as Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet Paris and America. Bullard is the principal of Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design, an award-winning interior design firm whose projects are often published. The third judge is Wadden.
To enter the 2019 Student Design Challenge, students must create a color rendering of a residential or commercial interior space. Second, including at least three Sherwin-Williams colors in the palette. They must then compose a thoughtful description of the project that includes an explanation of how color contributes to the design. The competition closes March 15 and winners will be announced in May, and will have their work featured in the Sherwin-WilliamsSTIR magazine. There is no fee to enter. Full contest rules and entry submission instructions are available at swstudentdesign.com.
Also for students, the Educational Foundation (EF) of IFDA, the International Furnishings and Design Association, is accepting applications between March 1 and March 31, 2019, for nine scholarships that celebrate emerging talent in the design and furnishings industry. EF has a long history of awarding scholarships to high-achieving design students and the program is expanding. This year, EF's nine annual scholarships total $18,000. “We continue to be committed to improving our industry by supporting students and enhancing public awareness through educational and philanthropic programs, ” said Merry Mabbett Dean, FIFDA, Chairman of the Board of the Educational Foundation of IFDA. And for industry professionals, there are more than 10 different grants with varying purposes.
Applicants for scholarships must be currently enrolled and scholarships are paid to the school for the 2019 fall semester tuition. All winners will be notified by July 31, 2019, unless otherwise stated.