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ASID Announces Scholarship, Grant Recipients

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the recipients of the 2019 ASID Foundation Scholarship and Grant awards. Presented to those pursuing projects that explore how interior design directly affects the well-being, health, and behavior of occupants within a space, the ASID Foundation’s annual scholarships and grants support research and expand public knowledge on the impact of design.

“We are honored to provide these opportunities to those leading the charge within the design industry to proactively build a better world for all,” said Randy Fiser, ASID CEO. “We look forward to seeing how our 2019 recipients continue to improve and impact the human experience and the design profession.”

The ASID Foundation actively provides funding and support for innovative initiatives that align with the Society’s “design impacts lives” mission. Through a variety of scholarships, awards, and grants, the ASID Foundation recognizes those who are developing and strengthening the design industry.

The Irene Winifred Eno Grant provides financial assistance to individuals or groups developing an educational program or project that is dedicated to health, safety, and welfare.

The Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding interior design research project or thesis project conducted by an undergraduate or graduate student.

The Joel Polsky Prize recognizes outstanding academic contributions to interior design through print or digital communication. Types of entries can include, but are not limited to, books, whitepapers, blogs and videos.

The ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship for Undergraduate Students is awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement.

The ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students is awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement.

The recipients are:
The Irene Winifred Eno Grant was awarded to Helen Turner, assistant professor, School of Interiors, University of Kentucky; andStephanie Sickler, assistant professor and foundations coordinator, Department of Interior Architecture and Design, Florida State University

The Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award was awarded to Laura Harris, Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design Brenau University.Honorable Mention was awarded to Amanda Grace Hunter, Intern/Graduate Student, Peace Design/SCAD Atlanta

The Joel Polsky Prize was awarded to Beth McGee, assistant professor/program coordinator for interior design, Georgia Southern University.

The Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students was awarded to Seammala Sun, student ASID, graduate, master of interior architecture, Cal Poly Pomona

The Legacy Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Emily Rayna Shaw, undergraduate student, bachelor of fine arts in interior design, Endicott College

To learn more about the 2019 ASID Foundation and Grant Awardees and their project abstracts, go to

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