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INTERNATIONAL FURNISHINGS AND DESIGN ASSOCIATION
EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS


IFDA/EF SCHOLARSHIPS REQUIRE A MAJOR IN INTERIOR DESIGN OR A RELATED DESIGN/FURNISHINGS PROGRAM, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. Scholarships are for undergraduate students attending U.S. institutions and all applications must be in English.  In four year institutions, scholarship funds are paid directly to the recipient's school earmarked for tuition and not paid directly to the student (see individual scholarship criteria for exceptions).  For two and three year programs, the scholarship may be a special course rather than a monetary award.  Please read all of a particular scholarship's descriptions and criteria and eligibility before applying.

All scholarships are listed below. Scroll down to go to the overview, criteria, and requirements for each scholarship. The scholarship application forms may be found by clicking on the "View" link at the end of each scholarship overview. See application forms for further requirements. The committee will not review incomplete or late applications.

Click here to read about our most recent scholarship recipients. (pdf)



SCHOLARSHIPS
Applications accepted each year between March 1 and postmarked no later than March 31. Winners will be notified by July 31 unless otherwise stated.

IFDA Leaders Commemorative Scholarship — $1,500

Open To Currently Enrolled, Full-Time Undergraduate Students, Extra Credit For Volunteer Work/Leadership


Part-Time Student Scholarship — $1,500

Open To Currently Enrolled, Part-Time Undergraduate Students


IFDA Student Member Scholarship — $2,000

Open To Currently Enrolled, Full-Time Undergraduate, IFDA Student Members


Vercille Voss IFDA Graduate Student Scholarship — $2,000

Open To Currently Enrolled, Full- or Part-Time Graduate Students


Ruth Clark Furniture Design Scholarship — $3,000

Open To Currently Enrolled, Full- or Part-Time Undergraduate or Graduate Students


Tricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship — $1,500

Open To Currently Enrolled, Full- or Part-Time Undergraduate Students


Window Fashion Certified Professionals Fast Track Scholarship -One Full Registration ($1,000)

Open To Currently Enrolled, Two or Three Year Interior Design or Related Program Students
 

 
Applications must be postmarked by March 31.
Winners will be notified by July 31 unless otherwise stated.

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                        IFDA Educational Foundation 2016 Scholarship Winners

 


IFDA Leaders Commemorative Scholarship — $1,500
Supported by the IFDA Georgia Chapter

The IFDA Educational Foundation established this scholarship, supported by the Georgia Chapter, to honor a past or present leader for commitment and service to the Georgia Chapter. Each year the scholarship honors a different individual whose name and contributions will be posted on the IFDA/EF website. This scholarship is available to any undergraduate student enrolled in an interior design or related program. The student must be involved with volunteer or community service and have held leadership positions during the past five years.

ELIGIBILITY/GUIDELINES

Applications will be accepted each year between March 1 and postmarked no later than March 31. Winner will be notified by July 31. See application form for further requirements.

Application Requirements for Leaders Commemorative Scholarship

One (1) copy of:

And one copy of each of the following:

Note: Greater consideration will be given to a commitment to public service.

View the IFDA Leaders Commemorative Scholarship Application
The scholarship committee will not review incomplete or late applications.


Part-Time Student Scholarship — $1,500
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upported by IFDA Educational Foundation

The IFDA Educational Foundation Board of Trustees added a scholarship for a part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a continuing interior design or related program at an accredited school.

Applications accepted each year between March 1 and postmarked no later than March 31. Winner will be notified by July 31. See application form for further requirements.

ELIGIBILITY/GUIDELINES

  • All applicants must have completed four design courses in post-secondary education at the time of application and be majoring in Interior Design or a related field.
  • The scholarship applicant must be currently enrolled in at least two courses as a part-time student.
  • The completed application packet must include a sealed transcript of course work that verifies part-time status and shows your GPA. Transcript may be sent separately.

Application Requirements for Part-Time Student Scholarship

One (1) copy of:

  • An official transcript from your college Registrar. Transcript may be sent separately by March 31 deadline.

And one copy of each of the following:

  • The completed Application Form.
  • 200-400 word essay explaining your long- and short-term goals, special interests, volunteer/community service, and what inspired you to pursue a professional career in this field.
  • Two different examples of your original design work. Emailed digital color PDF files.
  • Letter of recommendation from an instructor/professor on official school stationery.

View the Part-Time Student Scholarship Application
The scholarship committee will not review incomplete or late applications.


IFDA Student Member Scholarship — $2,000
Supported by IFDA Educational Foundation

The IFDA Student Member Scholarship is available through the IFDA Educational Foundation to a full-time, current student member of IFDA who has completed a minimum of four design courses in a post secondary interior design or related program. An additional letter of recommendation from an IFDA Professional Member is required. The IFDA student identification number must be included on the application form.

ELIGIBILITY/GUIDELINES

  • All applicants must have completed four design courses in post secondary education at the time of application and be majoring in Interior Design or a related field.
  • The completed application packet must include a sealed transcript of course work that verifies full-time status and shows your GPA. Transcript may be sent separately.

Application accepted each year between March 1 and postmarked no later than March 31. Winner will be notified by July 31.  See application form for further requirements.

Application Requirements for IFDA Student Member Scholarship

One (1) copy of:

  • An official transcript from your college Registrar. Transcript may be sent separately by March 31 deadline.

And one copy of each of the following:

  • The completed Application Form.
  • 200-400 word essay explaining your long- and short-term goals, special interests, volunteer/community service, and what inspired you to pursue a professional career in this field.
  • Two-three different examples of your original design work. Emailed digital color PDF files.
  • Letter of Recommendation from an instructor/professor on official school stationery.
  • Letter of Recommendation from a current IFDA Professional Member.

View the IFDA Student Member Scholarship Application
The scholarship committee will not review incomplete or late applications.


Vercille Voss Graduate Student Scholarship — $2,000
Supported by the IFDA Illinois Chapter


The IFDA Illinois Chapter initiated the Vercille Voss Graduate Student Scholarship in memory of Vercille Voss, longtime chapter member and mentor to new members and students. The applicant must be enrolled as a part-time or full-time graduate student at an accredited university.

Application accepted each year between March 1 and postmarked no later than March 31. Results announced by July 31. See application form for further requirements.

ELIGIBILITY/GUIDELINES

  • All applicants must be graduate students and have completed four design courses in post-secondary education at the time of application and be majoring in Interior Design or a related field.

Application accepted each year between March 1 and postmarked no later than March 31. Winner will be notified by July 31. See application form for further requirements.

Application accepted each year between March 1 and no later than March 31. Winner will be notified by July 31. See application form for further requirements.

Application Requirements for Vercille Voss Graduate Student Scholarship

One copy of:

  • An official transcript from your college Registrar. May be from the institution granting your undergraduate degree. Transcript may be sent separately by March 31 deadline.
  • Copy of your letter of acceptance to Graduate School (for the applicant entering graduate school in the fall) as proof of enrollment.

And one copy of each of the following:

  • The completed Application Form.
  • 200-400 word essay explaining your long- and short-term goals, special interests, volunteer/community service, and what inspired you to pursue a professional career in this field.
  • Two-three different examples of your original design work. Emailed digital color PDF files.
  • Letter of Recommendation from an instructor/professor on official school stationery.

View the Vercille Voss Scholarship Application
The scholarship committee will not review incomplete or late applications.


Ruth Clark Furniture Design Scholarship — $3,000
Supported by the IFDA Carolinas Chapter

The Ruth Clark Furniture Design Scholarship was established by the Carolinas Chapter to honor Ruth Clark, one of the chapter's founding members. Ruth Clark, an IFDA Fellow, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. During her career, she designed upholstered furniture for several companies, and many of her designs have become classics in the industry. She mentored design students and young professionals in the field, served as Carolinas Chapter President and received the prestigious IFDA National Honorary Recognition Award in 1994. Currently she is a design consultant and furniture designer for The Clark Connection. The scholarship is open to currently enrolled post-secondary students whose emphasis is on residential furniture design.

ELIGIBILITY/GUIDELINES

  • All applicants must have completed four design courses in post-secondary education at the time of application and be majoring in Interior Design or a related field.
  • All applicants must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in DESIGN with a focus on residential upholstered and/or wood furniture design.
  • The completed application packet must include a sealed transcript of course work that verifies full-time status and shows your GPA. Transcript may be sent separately.

Application accepted each year between March 1 and postmarked no later than March 31. Winner will be notified by July 31. See application form for further requirements.

Application Requirements for Ruth Clark Scholarship for Furniture Design

One copy of:

  • An official transcript from your college Registrar. Transcript may be sent separately by March 31 deadline.

And one copy of each of the following:

  • The completed Application Form.
  • 200-400 word essay explaining your long- and short-term goals, special interests, volunteer/community service, and what inspired you to pursue a professional career in this field.
  • Five different examples of original furniture designs, whether built or detailed sketches. Emailed digital color PDF files.
  • Letter of Recommendation from an instructor/professor on official school stationery.

View the Ruth Clark Scholarship Application
The scholarship committee will not review incomplete or late applications.


Tricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship — $1,500
Supported by IFDA Educational Foundation

Aware of increasing environmental concerns worldwide, the IFDA Educational Foundation established a scholarship for a student focusing on the evolving green/sustainable field of study. Sustainable design is the development of innovative ways to create living spaces that are energy efficient and feature green/sustainable materials, fabrications and products. The student applying for this scholarship is planning to become an educated participant in the green movement. Paying equal attention to both sustainability factors and design aesthetics, the student should be demonstrating creative use of green products and eco-friendly furnishings in class projects. The student is familiar with current information in the green/sustainable field, is applying this knowledge in class work and has a goal of seeking a future LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation.

ELIGIBILITY/GUIDELINES

  • All applicants must have completed four design courses in post-secondary education at the time of application and be majoring in Interior Design or a related field.
  • The completed application packet must include a sealed transcript of course work that verifies full-time status and shows your GPA. Transcript may be sent separately.

Application accepted each year between March 1 and postmarked no later than March 31. Winner will be notified by July 31. See application form for further requirements.

Application Requirements for Tricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship

One copy of:

  • An official transcript from your college Registrar. Transcript may be sent separately by March 31 deadline.

And one copy of each of the following:

  • The completed Application Form.
  • 200-400 word essay explaining your long- and short-term goals, special interests, volunteer/community service, and what inspired you to pursue a professional career in this field.
  • Two-three different examples of the your original design work with detailed explanations of the one or more green/sustainable aspects featured. Emailed digital color PDF files.
  • Letter of Recommendation from an instructor/professor on official school stationery.

View the Tricia LeVange Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship Application
The scholarship committee will not review incomplete or late applications.


Window Fashions Certified Professionals Fast Track Scholarship — ($1,000) one full registration                                                     

For the Window Fashions Certified Professionals Fast Track Program for Workroom or Design.

Supported by IFDA Educational Foundation and Grace McNamara of Vision Magazine.

This award for either workroom certification or design certification, consists of six (6) live webinars and/or six (6) recorded webinars led by industry notables.  Upon completion of the course and its requirements, students will be awarded a certification in the chosen discipline. 

A student must be enrolled in an interior design or related program at a two to three year school.

Applications accepted each year between March 1 and postmarked no later than March 31. Winner will be notified by July 31. See application form for further requirements.

ELIGIBILITY/GUIDELINES

  • The completed application packet must include an unofficial transcript of course work that verifies status and shows your GPA. Transcript may be sent separately.

Application Requirements for Window Fashions Certified Professionals Fast Track Scholarship

One (1) copy of:

  • An unofficial transcript from your college or design program.  Transcript may be sent separately by March 31 deadline.

And one copy of each of the following:

  • The completed Application Form.
  • 200-400 word essay explaining your long-and short-term goals, special interests, volunteer/community service, and what inspired you to pursue a professional career in this field.
  • Three to four different examples of your original design work.
  • Application, essay, work and any other requirements are to be emailed as digital color PDF files.

View the Windows Fashion Certified Professionals Fast Track Scholarship Application
The scholarship committee will not review incomplete or late applications.


 
Questions? Contact:

Linda Mariani, FIFDA
Director of Scholarships & Grants
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