Chicago Three kitchen and bath design students attending colleges endorsed by the National Kitchen & Bath Association have been awarded scholarships as part of the 2004 "Student Designer Scholarship" program, sponsored by Kitchen & Bath Design News in cooperation with the NKBA.
The students were presented with separate scholarships totaling $5,000 at the NKBA President's Gala, just prior to the opening of this month's Kitchen/Bath Industry Show here. Making the presentation was K&BDN publisher Eliot Sefrin and NKBA officials.
Named as winners were:
- First Place: Sally Langlois, of Century College, in White Bear
Lake, MN. She received a $2,500 scholarship.
- Second Place: Katherine Parker, of Baker College, in Auburn
Hills, MI. She was the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship.
- Third Place: Jeannete Hickok, of Arapahoe Community College, in Littleton, CO. She received a $1,000 scholarship.
The students also won a trip to K/BIS as part of their award.
The Student Designer Scholarship program, begun in 2001, is aimed at assisting the educational endeavors of students at NKBA-endorsed colleges.
In order to be considered for a Student Designer Scholarship, applicants must be registered as a full-time student in one of NKBA's Endorsed College programs, and must have a GPA of at least 3.0. The 2004 competition also challenged students to write an essay on the topic: "What is it about the kitchen and bath profession that has made you select it as your future career?"
This year's competition was more popular than ever, with 53 students submitting entries.
The essays were judged by NKBA past president Gary West, CKD, CBD, 2004 NKBA v.p. Allan Pattison, CMKBD, and Sefrin. The program was coordinated by Sherylin Doyle, AKBD, NKBA Endorsed Programs Manager.
"The essays were outstanding," Sefrin said. "It's heartening to know that so many quality individuals are being attracted to the kitchen and bath industry because of all it has to offer.
"Kitchen & Bath Design News is very pleased to be able to partner with NKBA on this program."
There are some 30 colleges that take part in the NKBA Endorsed
College Program, which was established to offer quality
training to prospective kitchen and bath design professionals.