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2021 IA Interior Architects Diversity in Design Scholarship
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Enriching diversity of thought and practice in the interior design industry by supporting students representing diverse voices and perspectives.
Competition Guidelines
Submission Requirements

The scholarship program invites interior design and architecture students to write a brief essay of up to 500 words to describe how increased representation in the design profession can create equity in the end-user experience of design and what that looks like to them.

Your essay must be submitted digitally through the award website. Each submission must include your essay and entry form with:

Your name

IIDA Member ID (if a current IIDA Member)
Essay title
Contact information
Name of the university or school you are currently attending
Expected degree and graduation date
Copy of your current school ID

If any of the above documentation is not included, your application will not be reviewed. Any inclusions other than those requested will be removed from your application.


A select committee of the IIDA Foundation Board of Trustees will review the essays and select the recipients who will be notified in March 2021.


Six total scholarships will be awarded: one $5,000 scholarship, one $3,000 scholarship, and four $500 scholarships.

2019 Winning Essays

2019 IA Interior Architects Diversity in Design Scholarship Recipients

First Place
Jieyi Li, Student IIDA, ArtCenter College of Design
Space = Experience = Collaboration

Second Place
Shayna Krizan, Student IIDA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thinking Outside the Box