ASID Foundation Scholarship and Awards Deadlines Near

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ASID members and nonmembers encouraged to apply for six awards and scholarships before January 15, 2010 deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 18, 2009) | The American Society of Interior Designers Foundation (ASID Foundation) is inviting interior design students and professionals to apply for six awards and scholarships before the January 15, 2010, application deadline. Open to both ASID members and nonmembers, the awards and scholarships range from monetary awards for contributions to the profession to scholarships for all levels of students.

"This is a great way for students and professionals to be rewarded and recognized for their achievements," says Nila R. Leiserowitz, FASID, ASID Foundation Chair. "I specifically want to encourage students to give something to themselves and their future by applying during their winter break."

Awards and scholarships programs, which have no application fee, have been a part of the ASID Foundation since its founding in 1975. Winners of the ASID Foundation 2009 awards and scholarships were:

Yale R. Burge Competition: Kristen Marie Lambrecht

The Yale R. Burge Competition is designed to encourage interior design students in their final year of undergraduate studies to seriously plan their portfolios. Kristen Marie Lambrecht won the competition through creative concepts and strong visual presentation skills that the judges said would hold its own when compared with a professional’s portfolio.

Joel Polsky Prize: Buie Hardwood, Hon. FASID

The Joel Polsky Prize recognizes outstanding academic contributions to the discipline of interior design through literature or visual communication. Buie Hardwood, Hon. FASID was awarded the prize for writing Architecture and Interior Design from the 19th Century: An Integrated History. Judges said they were unaware of another book that allows the reader to compare and contrast architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorative arts during the 19th century to the present.

Irene Winifred Eno Grant: Cheryl Reams

The Irene Winifred Eno Grant provides financial assistance to individuals or groups engaged in the creation of an educational program(s) or an interior design research project dedicated to health, safety and welfare. Cheryl Reams was awarded this grant for 4-Habitat: Building a Better Future. The 4-Habitat program focuses on creating total living environments for low-income families that encompass four content areas, interior design, landscaping/energy efficiency, nutrition and communications.

Applications and more information are available at

About ASID Foundation: As the leading interior design organization, ASID is dedicated to progressing the profession of interior design. The ASID Foundation supports endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health safety, and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships and education. The Foundation’s newest partnership with Rebuilding Together and their Veteran’s Housing Initiative focusing on rehabilitating the houses of low-income active and retired members of the military. Other ASID Foundation initiatives include CIDA’s Accreditation Process Review and REGREEN, a collaborative project with the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn more at

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.

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