ASID-Illinois Chapter Announces New Scholarship Opportunities

May 25, 2007

Chicago – The American Society of Interior Designers—Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) recently announced new scholarship opportunities for full-time interior design students in the state of Illinois who are members of ASID (student, allied or professional). A total of five winners will each receive $1,000 scholarships by summer 2007, for a grand total of $5,000 in ASID-IL scholarships. The funds are to be used to help offset fees for tuition, books and supplies.

"The field of interior design is ever-evolving and always welcomes fresh, innovative ideas. We're looking forward to selecting five great students who will be deserving of these scholarship awards, and encourage them to 'think big' and join us in advancing our profession," says Joyal Watkins, Jr., 2006-07 ASID-IL chapter president. "Our chapter is pleased to assist the designers of tomorrow reach their professional goals."

Entry forms to both competitions can be downloaded on the ASID-IL Web page ( or obtained by calling the ASID-IL Chapter office at (312) 467-5080. A number of ASID-IL Chapter board members will judge the scholarship competitions. The awards will be presented to the winners at the ASID Luncheon at NeoCon® World's Trade Fair in Chicago on June 11, 2007.

About the Richard R. Smith Memorial Scholarship
The Richard R. Smith Memorial Scholarship competition is based upon excellence in design. Three awards will be given ($1,000 each) with an application deadline of May 30, 2007. Every applicant will be given an "as built" footprint of a space that provides a small commercial retail store with an apartment for the proprietor. Students will be given all the design requirements that will need to be met for a complete design. Submitted on no more than two 18-inch by 24-inch boards, the individual projects should include a scaled floor plan with all applicable symbols, two elevations, five material selections, and all life safety and accessibility regulations must be met.

About the Dale Niece Memorial Scholarship
The Dale Niece Memorial Scholarship competition is an essay contest. Two awards will be given ($1,000 each). The competition is based on a 250- to 400-word essay on the importance of taking the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam and becoming a professional interior designer. This particular award is based upon financial need of students. Proof of financial need is required including copies income tax forms. If the student resides with his or her parent(s), the application must include the total household income (not to exceed $50,000). If the student is self-supporting, his or her information must be provided (total income not to exceed $25,000).

For more information about ASID-IL, visit or call the ASID-IL Chapter headquarters at (312) 467-5080.

About the "Find a Designer" Service
The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers offers a free, convenient, user-friendly online service that consumers and business professionals can use to search for interior designers throughout the state. "Find a Designer," available at, allows site visitors to preview profiles of ASID-IL designers before contacting them for a project interview. The online service includes easy-to-navigate Web pages, more than 75 designer profile pages, and the ability to search by location and designer specialty. Consumers have the ability to review as many designer profiles as they'd like and find out more about each designer, as well as view samples of their work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at their convenience.

About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designs. It is a community of people-designers, industry representatives, educators and students committ

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