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Competitions and Scholarships

Scholarship Information:
In 2017, $25,000 in scholarships were awarded. Scholarship amounts ranged from $3,000 to $5,000. 

Scholarship Due: April 20, 2018
Scholarship Announced: By June 29, 2018
Scholarship Reception: August 2018 
Women in Design Scholarship Eligibility:
Selections are made by the Scholarship Committee, and are available to students at any level of study for women who are in pursuit of a degree in design related fields such as Architecture/Interior Design/ Landscape Design/ Industrial Design/ Product Design. Judgment for WiD-KC scholarships is based on need, academic excellence and demonstrated leadership. Students in internship programs are ineligible for WiD-KC Scholarships during the period of the internship.

Deadline: April 30, 2018
As the Internet of Things (IoT) and the digital transformation continues to influence both the home and the workplace, interior designers face challenges of furniture integrating these new "smart" technologies to support this transformation. To meet these challenges, Kimball is inviting you to enter our Smart Furniture DESIGN HACK.

The Kimball Design Hack is an opportunity for you to provide design concepts that will leverage technology that will allow users to be more productive, improve the overall work-life of employees by adding convenience and/or solving other typical workplace challenges.

Your design(s) (yes, you can enter more than once) should integrate materials and technology (whether known today or unknown) thereby, transforming the capability of the furniture.

Examples might include, but are not limited to, lighting, smart films, heat, vibration, motion, voice activation, sound, etc. Designers are encouraged to take into consideration submissions that could provide satisfaction, comfort, engagement, health, wellness or wellbeing.

There is no cost to enter. The Winner will receive a 3% royalty up to $30,000 but no less than $5,000.

Deadline: May 31, 2018
Design it Digital is a new online student design competition. Students are presented with three hypothetical scenarios in which a client is asking for a specific custom piece of furniture. Students can choose their favorite client project and design a solution using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and rendering software. This contest introduces students to challenges that designers face when making a custom piece of furniture. It also highlights the use of CAD software in our industry and provides an opportunity for AWFS® member companies to get involved with students and schools. Our focus is to engage young people into thinking about the many career opportunities available in the wood industry.
Prizes:Each Student may only win one prize package:Post-Secondary:
  • 1st Place will receive $1,000.00 (USD), A Semi-Pro HVLP Spray System from Fuji Spray, Cabinet Vision software from Vero, an AccuMaster Digital Fraction Caliper and a Measure Master Pro Calculator from Calculated Industries.  
  • 2nd Place will receive $500.00 (USD), A Castle 100 Pocket Hole Machine from Castle Inc, Cabinet Vision software from Vero, an AccuMaster Digital Fraction Caliper and a Measure Master Pro Calculator from Calculated Industries.
  • 3rd Place will receive $250.00 (USD), A mini-Ligno E/D from Lignomat moisture measurement, Cabinet Vision software from Vero, an AccuMaster Digital Fraction Calipers and a Measure Master Pro Calculator from Calculated Industries.
Deadline: May 11, 2018
We are pleased to announce Street Seats: Urban Benches for Vibrant Cities, an international design challenge which will culminate in an outdoor design exhibition and walking tour in Downtown Portland, Oregon! 
Designers, whether individual or in teams, are invited to design a sustainable, outdoor park bench with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials and innovative construction methods. Semi-Finalist teams will fabricate their unique bench designs to be featured in an outdoor public design exhibition at the World Trade Center Portland in August of 2018.