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Seven Students Named Celia Moh Scholars
By Home Furnishings Business in Community/Charitable Support on May 24, 2013
Seven new students have been selected to receive the Celia Moh Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year.
This year's recipients are: Hazel Chang, a junior interior design major at Appalachian State University; James Ellis, a junior in the industrial design program at Appalachian State University; Stacy Folker, a junior furniture design major at Kendall College of Art & Design; Casey Gloster, a junior industrial design major at Appalachian State University; Sarah Kakol, a senior home furnishings major at High Point University:Catherine Ruvolo, a senior studying interior design at High Point University; and, Angela Truehill, a senior majoring in interior design at East Carolina University.
The Celia Moh Scholarship is considered one of the preeminent academic scholarship programs for students bound for careers in the home furnishings industry, paying full-time tuition and fees, room, board and books for its recipients. In addition, the scholarship hosts an annual networking and resource-building trip to the High Point Market, and provides informal internship and career guidance for its scholars, as well as offering an active alumni network for former scholars who are now in the home furnishings industry.
Established in 2001 by furniture industry entrepreneur Laurence Moh, best known as the founder of Universal Furniture and later, Fine Furniture Design, to honor his wife, Celia, the program's strategically managed $3 million endowment investment has provided 80 full scholarships in 12 years totaling nearly $3.7 million.
Scholarship candidates are hand selected by their universities and then must complete an extensive application questionnaire, write a personal essay, obtain instructors' recommendations, and provide a college transcript illustrating exceptional academic achievement. A scholarship committee comprised of notable home furnishings industry executives selected the students from a pool of premier candidates from eight universities across the country. The seven scholarship recipients join three returning undergraduate students selected as Celia Moh Scholars last year-Evan Fay of Kendall College of Art & Design, Jessica Rose and Danielle Souder both studying at North Carolina State University.