Scholarship Program Created By K&BDN

Scholarship Program Created By K&BDN

Hackensack, NJ A new college scholarship program aimed at assisting the educational endeavors of promising kitchen and bath design students at NKBA-endorsed colleges has been launched for 2001 by Kitchen & Bath Design News.

The "2001 Student Designer Scholarship" program, believed to be the first of its kind in the kitchen and bath industry, was announced last month by K&BDN publisher Eliot Sefrin. Offered annually 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 guests of K&BDN, to attend the annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) and National Kitchen & Bath Conference.

"We are very pleased to be able to 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," Sefrin said.

There are currently 29 colleges in the NKBA Endorsed College Program, which was established to offer quality training at accredited institutions to prospective kitchen and bath design professionals.

According to Sefrin, the scholarships to be presented for the first time at April's K/BIS in Orlando are being offered by K&BDN as part of a "Member Partnership Program" sponsored by the NKBA. That program enables industry companies to lend their support to a variety of educational, research, promotional and other service-oriented efforts.

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 Director of Professional Development John Spitz, CKD, CBD; Sefrin and others to be named by NKBA.

"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 print, live conferences and, beginning this year, through scholarships to deserving students," Sefrin said. "We hope, through this effort, that we can help in some small way to raise the number of qualified designers entering the industry."