Grants Awarded by K&BDN to Trio of Students
The Student Designer Scholarships, presented for the first time at April's Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Orlando, were handed out to the students by K&BDN publisher Eliot Sefrin during a special ceremony at the NKBA's annual gala dinner the evening before the K/BIS.
The three winners were:
First Place: Pam DiValerio of Learning Tree University.
Second Place: Stephanie Schneider of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Third Place: Elizabeth Green of Oregon State University.
The Student Designer Scholarships program, believed to be the first program of its kind in the kitchen and bath industry, was introduced earlier this year by K&BDN. It is aimed at assisting the educational endeavors of promising kitchen and bath design students at NKBA-endorsed colleges. Offered annually are three scholarships, of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. Scholarship winners are also invited, as K&BDN's guest, to attend the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and National Kitchen & Bath Conference.
"These prospective young design professionals represent the future lifeblood of the kitchen and bath industry," Sefrin said. "We're very pleased that K&BDN can give something tangible back to the industry in a way that encourages and nurtures fresh new talent, and helps quality students obtain the kind of solid educational foundation offered through NKBA-endorsed colleges."
Sefrin added that the scholarship program also represents "a vote of confidence" for both the NKBA Endorsed College Program, and the association's "Member Partnership Program," which enables industry companies to lend their support to a variety of educational, research and other service-oriented efforts.
"I think it's Kitchen & Bath Design News' mandate as the industry's leading trade magazine to educate the industry on every level possible, and through as many venues as possible, including scholarships to deserving students," Sefrin observed. "We hope, through this effort, that we can help in some small way to raise the number of qualified designers entering the industryand raise the level of quality and professionalism in the industry as a whole."
Details on the 2002 Student Designer Scholarship awards program will be announced in the near future, Sefrin added.