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ASID Announces Foundation Scholarship and Grant Recipients for 2020

(June 29, 2020 - Washington, D.C.) -- The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the recipients of the 2020 ASID Foundation Scholarship and Grant awards. Presented to those pursuing projects that explore how interior design directly affects the well-being, health, and behavior of occupants within a space, the ASID Foundation’s annual scholarships and grants support research and expand public knowledge on the impact of design. 

The ASID Foundation actively provides funding and support for innovative initiatives that align with the Society’s “Design Impacts Lives” mission. Through a variety of scholarships, awards, and grants, the ASID Foundation recognizes those who are developing and strengthening the design industry. 

The Irene Winifred Eno Grant provides financial assistance to individuals or groups developing an educational program or project that is dedicated to health, safety, and welfare. The recipient of the 2020 Irene Winifred Eno Grant is the Sustainable Furnishings Education Fund. The dual mission of The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) is to help companies and professionals in all segments of the residential furnishings industry reduce their environmental footprints, and to help consumers find the healthy furnishings that they prefer.

The Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding interior design research project or thesis project conducted by an undergraduate or graduate student. The recipient of the 2020 Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award is Crystal Martin. Crystal earned her Master of Fine Arts interior design degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and she also has an undergraduate degree with minors in drawing and architectural history. As an interior designer, her design philosophy relies on juxtaposition; balancing history, the present and future to create timeless sustainable designs that can stand the test of time. Crystal’s award-winning project explored how analyzing the four pillars of craftsmanship, focus, history, and rarity, designers may create guidelines to apply to a meta-luxury interior space through a historical, theoretical framework and the classical arts, with a concentration on providing wellness through the “meta-luxury” experience that “seamlessly connects culture and a long-term business performance.”

The Joel Polsky Prize recognizes outstanding academic contributions to interior design through print or digital communication. Types of entries can include, but are not limited to, books, whitepapers, blogs, and videos. The recipient of the 2020 Joel Polsky Prize is Madison Sacramone, Student ASID. A graduate of SCAD, she will be pursuing her second degree at the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Science degree in Advanced Sustainable Design. Her “Intersection Supportive Housing” research explores the “housing first model,” which suggests that a person’s past does not dictate their future success. Once an individual receives suitable housing, this provides the foundation for future success. The project looks specifically at homelessness in New York City and sustainability and wellbeing as key design drivers for supporting displaced individuals.

The ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship for Undergraduate Students is awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement. Madelyn Holliday, Allied ASID, is the recipient of the 2020 ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship for Undergraduate Students. Part of her winning portfolio submission showcases Haven Melbourne Psychiatric Centre, a space that uses design to help patients regain independence and control over their minds and bodies and support their journey to rejoining the community.

The ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students is awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement. The 2020 recipient of the ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students is Cynthia Andujar, Student ASID. One of her submitted projects, the Clockmaker Hotel, seeks to commemorate its original creator Henri Maillardet through an immersive experience into the past; bringing a community together through dining and retail, as well as partnerships with museums and residency programs. 

For more information on the ASID Foundation and how to donate, please visit For further information on the 2020 ASID Foundation and Grant Awardees and their project abstracts, please visit