HIGH POINT — The WithIt Scholarship Foundation has awarded 14 scholarships this year to young women from nine universities. This year’s applicants majored in industrial design, interior design, furniture design, architecture, textile design, business and supply chain and logistics.
Along with a tuition scholarship, the students were invited to attend WithIt’s professional conference in June, giving them the opportunity to meet and network with women from the industry while building upon skills they can use in their pursuit of a career within the industry.
“The scholarship committee wants each applicant to know that their effort was seen and appreciated,” said Paris Gholston, WithIt vice president of scholarship and customers relations coordinator for Mattress Recycling Council. “It was a pleasure to read through diverse, quality applications from such worthy students. The future of the furniture industry is full of knowledgeable, hardworking and innovative professionals.”
Hayley Gaines, an interior architecture student at Marywood University, received the Jena and Stephen Hall Scholarship, a scholarship given to students who show promise for innovation in business. Her goal is to create spaces that foster diversity and inclusivity, something that’s quite important to her as a biracial person.
The other 2022 recipients are: Anastasia Avlonitis, interior design, High Point University; Pooja Desai, industrial design, University of Houston; Betsy Fernandez, interior design, Randolph Community College; Stephanie Golden, interior architecture, Marywood University; Emily Johnson, interior design, Appalachian State University; Shayleigh Larsen, textile design, N.C. State University; Marina Latto, industrial design, University of Houston; Jacqueline Lerner, interior architecture, the University of N.C. at Greensboro; Katja Peereboom, furniture design, Appalachian State University; Abigail Ritch, MBA supply chain, University of Tennessee; Lucy Wang, interior design, Marywood University; Victoria Wilmoth, interior design, Randolph Community College; and Jordan Wright, interior design, Oregon State University.
The students received awards in varying amounts.
To date, WithIt has awarded more than $217,500 in tuition scholarships to qualified young women and men in universities across the U.S. who are pursuing majors that impact the home and furnishings industries, with 98% in the home furnishings industry.
This year’s donation of $40,000 from the Heritage Home Group’s Charitable Trust was used to fund the tuition scholarships and conference attendance.
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