Applications will be accepted through this month (March 2023) for nine scholarships from the Educational Foundation of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA). The foundation has awarded scholarships to high-achieving design students as well as grants to talented professionals, internationally for decades. Applicants must be currently enrolled and scholarships are paid to the school for the 2023 fall semester tuition. Winners will be notified by July 31, 2023, unless otherwise stated.
This year there are nine scholarships available for a total of $18,000. They are as follows:
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 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 -- $4,000
Open to currently enrolled, full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students with a course emphasis on furniture design.
Barbara Beckmann Textile Design Scholarship -- $3,000
Scholarship established by the IFDA Northern California Chapter in honor of Barbara Beckmann, a textile designer and longtime California chapter member and mentor to new members and students. Open to currently enrolled full- or part-time undergraduates and graduate students with course emphasis on textile design.
IFDA Philadelphia Scholarship -- $2,500
Scholarship established by the IFDA Philadelphia Chapter to reflect the rich history of design in Philadelphia and beyond. Open to currently enrolled, two-, three- or four-year interior design or related program students. Focus rotates annually among design in textile, graphic, furniture and interior design. This year’s focus is interior design.
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-interior design or related program undergraduate students.
For more details and applications, please consult the Educational Foundation website www.ifdaef.org, or contact Earline Feldman, director of scholarships & grants, at [email protected] or 770-378-7221.
“These scholarships represent the future of our industry and confirm our belief in supporting students and enhancing public awareness of design through educational and philanthropic programs,” said Karen Dzendolet, chairman of the board of the Educational Foundation of IFDA.