The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) Educational Foundation's mission is to foster educational and philanthropic activities to enhance the furnishings and design industries. The purpose of IFDA/EF is to encourage the development of educational programs and worthwhile projects that enhance the quality of living for the individuals and the public at large, while providing support for students entering and re-entering various professions in the field as well as opportunities for continuing education.
IFDA/EF scholarships and grants require a major in Interior Design or a related design/furnishings program, unless otherwise noted. Scholarships are for undergraduate students attending U.S. institutions (see individual scholarship criteria for exceptions). Scholarship funds are paid directly to the recipient's school earmarked for tuition and not paid directly to the student.
IFDA/EF offers a variety of student scholarships and professional grants. Check the website for individual program details and requirements.
Scholarship programs include:
Part-Time Student Scholarship
Scholarship of $1500 for a part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a continuing interior design or related program at an accredited school.
Tricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship
Scholarship of $1500 for a full or part-time undergraduate or graduate student focusing on the evolving green/sustainable field of study. The student applying for this scholarship must be planning to become an educated participant in the green movement. Paying equal attention to both sustainability factors and design aesthetics, the student should be demonstrating creative use of green products and eco-friendly furnishings in class projects. The student is familiar with current information in the green/sustainable field, is applying this knowledge in class work and has a goal of seeking a future LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation.
IFDA Student Member Scholarship
Scholarship of $2000 for a full-time, current student member of IFDA who has completed a minimum of four design courses in a post secondary interior design or related program. An additional letter of recommendation from an IFDA Professional Member is required. The IFDA student identification number must be included on the application form.
See the IFDA/EF's website
for the full list of scholarships available. Applications will be accepted each year between March 1, no later than March 31.
Last updated: November 2017
- US Citizen
- US National or Permanent Resident
- Citizen of another country
- Short term (less than one year)
- One year
- $1500-$3000 (varies by scholarship)