Grants Awarded by K&BDN to Trio of
Orlando A trio of kitchen and bath design students enrolled in
college programs endorsed by the National Kitchen & Bath
Association has been named as winners in the “2001 Student Designer
Scholarship” program an educational assistance effort launched
recently by Kitchen & Bath Design News.
The Student Designer Scholarships, presented for the first time
at April’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Orlando, were handed out
to the students by K&BDN publisher Eliot Sefrin during a
special ceremony at the NKBA’s annual gala dinner the evening
before the K/BIS.
The three winners were:
First Place: Pam DiValerio of Learning Tree University.
Second Place: Stephanie Schneider of the University of Nebraska
Third Place: Elizabeth Green of Oregon State University.
The Student Designer Scholarships program, believed to be the
first program of its kind in the kitchen and bath industry, was
introduced earlier this year by K&BDN. It is aimed at assisting
the educational endeavors of promising kitchen and bath design
students at NKBA-endorsed colleges. Offered annually are three
scholarships, of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. Scholarship winners are
also invited, as K&BDN’s guest, to attend the Kitchen/Bath
Industry Show and National Kitchen & Bath Conference.
“These prospective young design professionals represent the
future lifeblood of the kitchen and bath industry,” Sefrin said.
“We’re very pleased that K&BDN can give something tangible back
to the industry in a way that encourages and nurtures fresh new
talent, and helps quality students obtain the kind of solid
educational foundation offered through NKBA-endorsed colleges.”
Sefrin added that the scholarship program also represents “a
vote of confidence” for both the NKBA Endorsed College Program, and
the association’s “Member Partnership Program,” which enables
industry companies to lend their support to a variety of
educational, research and other service-oriented efforts.
“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, including
scholarships to deserving students,” Sefrin observed. “We hope,
through this effort, that we can help in some small way to raise
the number of qualified designers entering the industryand raise
the level of quality and professionalism in the industry as a
Details on the 2002 Student Designer Scholarship awards program
will be announced in the near future, Sefrin added.