CAAD students awarded national and regional home furnishings scholarships

December 12th, 2012 Comments Off on CAAD students awarded national and regional home furnishings scholarships

Left to right: Bill Martin, director of the Franklin Furniture Institute; Beth Miller, director of the Interior Design Program; Cristen Richard, Marguerite Johnson, Emily Hardin, Professor Robert Long and Sarah Kilpatrick (Photo by Megan Bean | University Relations)

(By Karen Brasher | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Four students enrolled in the College of Architecture, Art and Design have received scholarships from home furnishings industries.

The American Home Furnishings Alliance awarded three scholarships in the amount of $11,155 each to students with a promising career in home furnishings.  Emily Hardin and Cristen Richard are both sophomores in the interior design program.  Sarah Kilpatrick is a junior majoring in sculpture.

The American Home Furnishings Alliance is the world’s largest and most influential trade organization serving the home furnishings industry.

The Southeastern Home Furnishings Association awarded the $2,000 Michael Gilchrist Memorial Scholarship to sophomore interior design student Marguerite Johnson.

The Southeastern Home Furnishings Association is affiliated with the National Home Furnishings Association, the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interest of home furnishings retailers.

Bill Martin, director of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute, administers the student scholarships and was instrumental in securing the scholarships.

“The institute is pleased to be able to secure scholarships for student interested in pursuing a career in the furniture and home furnishings industries,” Martin said.  “Given the importance of Mississippi’s furniture manufacturing sector, it is important to develop future leaders in one of the state’s largest employers.”

To qualify, students completed essays on how they will use their degrees to work in the furniture and home furnishings industries, Martin added.

Students also must be enrolled in one of the university institute partners, the College of Architecture, Art and Design; College of Forest Resources; Bagley College of Engineering or the College of Business.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

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