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The Wilsonart Student Essay Competition awards IIDA Student members that participate in the IIDA Student 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.

Eligibility

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

Submissions

Submissions Open Spring 2023

2022 Wilsonart Student Essay Winner

Sally Birkett Seston, Student IIDA, ASID
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design




Sally Birkett Seston, Student IIDA, participated in the 2022 Student Mentoring Program with Kaylen Parker, designer at Studio O+A. Read her winning essay here.

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.