Chicago A trio of kitchen and bath design students attending three separate NKBA-endorsed colleges have been named as the recipients of scholarships in an annual program sponsored by Kitchen & Bath Design News.
The students, who were to receive their honors at special ceremonies just prior to this month's Kitchen/Bath Industry Show, participated in K&BDN's annual "Student Designer Scholarship" program, aimed at assisting the educational endeavors of promising students at NKBA-endorsed colleges. The program was offered by K&BDN for the second consecutive year in 2002.
A first-place scholarship of $2,500 was awarded to Elizabeth Goltz, a student at the University of Nebraska at Kearny. A second-place scholarship of $1,500 was awarded to Kelly Vogt, of Indiana State University. A scholarship of $500, for third place in the competition, was awarded to Teresa Seegers of Alexandria Technical College.
All three scholarship winners were also invited, as K&BDN's guest, to attend this month's K/BIS and National Kitchen & Bath Conference in Chicago.
"It's a privilege for us to honor these deserving students, and assist them in pursuing their design education," said K&BDN publisher Eliot Sefrin. "These are quality individuals young professionals who we all feel will one day make important contributions to the kitchen and bath industry."
Sefrin announced that Kitchen & Bath Design News would be sponsoring the scholarship program again in 2003, and offered special thanks to NKBA officials and the instructors at the colleges who encouraged their students to participate in the program.
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; must be either in their sophomore or junior year, and must have a total GPA of at least 3.0. They must also submit an essay of no more than 1,500 words on the topic of "How I Plan to Make a Difference in the Kitchen and Bath Design Industry."
Judging was conducted in February by NKBA Manager of Endorsed
Programs Meg McDermott; NKBA Immediate Past President Gary West,
CKD, CBD, NKBA director of professional programs Cecilia Herr, and
The grants were offered by K&BDN as part of the NKBA's "Member Partnership Program," which enables industry companies to lend their support to a variety of educational, research, promotional and other service-oriented efforts.
There are some 30 colleges in the NKBA's Endorsed College Program, which was established to offer quality training to prospective kitchen and bath design professionals at accredited institutions.