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The Wilsonart Student Essay Competition awards IIDA Student members that have participated in the IIDA Mentorship program. Student participants gain invaluable professional development and mentorship from professionals in the interior design industry.

The Wilsonart Student Education Fund created this scholarship to offer students the opportunity and incentive to further reflect on the value of their experience. One winner will be chosen annually, will receive $1,000, and will be recognized on IIDA.org. Wilsonart will also provide the winner with roundtrip airfare and a two-night hotel stay in Chicago during NeoCon 2021. If NeoCon is postponed or cancelled, an alternative experience in 2021 will be created.


IIDA Students that participated in the IIDA Student Mentoring program are encouraged to apply.


Submissions closed May 21, 2021

2021 Wilsonart Student Essay Winner

Jonny Bywater, Student IIDA
City College of San Francisco

Johnny Bywater, 2021 Wilsonart Student Essay Winner

Jonny Bywater, Student IIDA participated in the 2021 Student Mentoring Program with Rachel Maloney, IIDA, Design Director at IDEO who provided a mentorship experience based on Human-Centered Design. Read his winning essay here

2020 Wilsonart Student Essay Winner

Yvonne Yip, Student IIDA
UC Berkeley Extension

Yvonne Yip, Student IIDA participated in the 2020 Student Mentoring Program with Lorraine Rowan, NCIDQ at Taylor Design in San Francisco. Read her winning essay here.