IFDA Awards Student Scholarships

Published: July 7, 2024

The Educational Foundation (EF) of IFDA, the International Furnishings and Design Association, is pleased to announce its design student scholarship winners for 2024. Since the early years of this 77-year-old global design industry alliance, EF has awarded scholarships to high-achieving design students. This year the nine scholarship winners received a total of $20,500. The judging was conducted by a subset of the EF’s Board of Trustees.

“Congratulations to all the winners! We are very pleased to present the scholarships to them,” said Stephanie Graham, Chairman of the Board of the Educational Foundation of IFDA. “From maximizing connections to the outdoors and various cultures and amplifying the work of classic artists in textile art, to exploring the relationship between situational and spatial awareness among nurses in critical care units, all the winners share a commendable passion for how the world can be bettered through interior design.”

Earline Feldman, FIFDA, Director of Scholarships & Grants, echoed the sentiment. “True to our mission, we awarded nine scholarships to the most deserving students. The judges were challenged to select the winners as there were applications from all over the U.S.”

Applicants must be currently enrolled, and scholarships are paid to the school for the 2024 fall semester tuition.

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The nine scholarship winners are as follows:

  • Anna Goodman of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., won the FBM Leaders Commemorative Scholarship for $3,000 open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • Olivia White of the New York School of Interior Design in New York City was awarded the Part-Time Student Scholarship for $1,500.
  • The IFDA Student Member Scholarship for $2,000 went to Analiese Narum of the University of Idaho’s College of Art & Architecture in Moscow, Idaho.
  • Hamed Yekita of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas captured the Vercille Voss IFDA Graduate Student Scholarship for $2,000.
  • Lindsey Molitor of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. walked away with the Ruth Clark Furniture Design Scholarship for $4,000.
  • Estella Loudon, a senior studying Interior Design at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich. won the Tricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship open full- or part-time undergraduate students for $1,500.
  • Open to full- or part-time undergraduate and graduate students with course emphasis on Textile Design, the Barbara Beckmann Textile Design Scholarship for $3,000 was awarded to Joshua Archer, who is currently earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Ga.
  • Michaela Simon of the Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Pa., captured the IFDA Philadelphia Scholarship for $2,500, which this year focuses on Furniture Design.
  • The Window Fashion Certified Professionals Fast Track Scholarship for $1,000 value was awarded to Elizabeth Velasquez, a multilingual Interior Design student at Indiana University Bloomington.


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