Hackensack, NJ A college scholarship program aimed at assisting the educational endeavors of promising kitchen and bath design students at NKBA-endorsed colleges will be offered for the second consecutive year by Kitchen & Bath Design News.
The "Student Designer Scholarship" program, the only one of its kind in the kitchen and bath industry, was launched last year by K&BDN. The 2002 program will be identical to what was offered in 2001, said K&BDN publisher Eliot Sefrin and NKBA officials.
"We're very pleased to be able to once again give something back to the kitchen and bath industry in a way that helps quality students in their efforts to enter the industry with the kind of solid educational foundation offered through NKBA-endorsed colleges," said Sefrin. "We feel it's K&BDN's mandate as the industry's leading trade magazine to educate the industry on every level, and through as many venues as possible print, live conferences and through scholarships to deserving students," Sefrin said.
Offered in 2002 will be a trio of scholarships, including awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000, Sefrin said. Scholarship winners will also be invited, as K&BDN's guest, to attend the annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and National Kitchen & Bath Conference.
The winners will be presented with their awards at the NKBA's Gala Dinner on April 4, the evening prior to the opening of the three-day K/BIS event.
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 will be conducted by NKBA Manager of Endorsed Programs Meg McDermott; NKBA Immediate Past President Gary West, CKD, CBD, NKBA director of professional programs Cecilia Herr, and Sefrin.
The grants are being 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 at accredited institutions to prospective