4 Students Get $12,000 in Scholarships at Bienenstock Furniture Library Summit

Bienenstock Future Designers Summit 2022 scholarship winner M’Ballou Traoré with Christi Spangle, left, and Karla Jones, right.

HIGHLIGHT – Bienenstock Furniture Library wrapped up its second annual Future Designers Summit last month by awarding individual scholarships to four students, which more than doubled total scholarship funding to $12,000 this year.

Kiandokht Maghsoud, an interior architecture student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been named the winner of the $5,000 John Black Scholarship, a new award for 2022 that was created to honor the life and work of the famous furniture designer.

“I am very grateful to have the opportunity to receive the John Black Fellowship to further my goals in fulfilling my research and practice in sustainability in furniture design,” said Maghsoud. “I appreciate their willingness to provide these opportunities to aspiring students with a future in the furniture industry.”

Bhargavi Singh, who is studying interior design at Savannah College of Art and Design, also received $5,000, funded by the Broyhill Family Foundation scholarship, which recognized a winning student at the inaugural Future Designers Summit event at the ‘last year.

All students participating in the three-day event, September 21-23, were eligible to win, and each had multiple opportunities throughout the event to have their name added to the drawing, which took place during of the closing session of the Bienenstock Future Designers Summit, in the Universal Furniture showroom.

Two additional scholarships were awarded, including the June Anderson Scholarship, another new scholarship this year. Brad Taylor, a furniture design student at SCAD, received $1,000.

M’Ballou Traore, a graphic design student at Salem College, also received a Bienenstock Furniture Library Future Designers Summit Scholarship of $1,000, another new award funded by the library, the organizer of the event. The scholarship was awarded in honor of Christi Spangle, President of the Bienenstock Furniture Library Board.

This fall’s conference offered students an immersive educational and networking experience, with guest speakers, facility tours and breakout sessions led by industry professionals.

US-based students submitted applications in late February, and 47 of them were selected from 14 colleges and universities invited to attend. Along with their entries, students included personal essays in which they were asked to consider their future role in design and provide examples from their portfolios.

Event sponsors and contributors helped offset the travel, accommodation, and meal costs of each participating student, and covered program development and marketing expenses.

Participating sponsors included Broyhill Family Foundation, J Black Design, Universal Furniture, The Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundations, High Point Market Authority, Davis Furniture, Century Furniture, Otto & Moore, Savor Partnership, Nancy Fire Designs, International Market Centers, Gwen Emery, Leggett & Platt, Jillian O’Neill, Norwalk Furniture, Crypton Fabrics, Tomlinson Erwin Lambeth, Barbour Spangle Design, 220 Elm, American Home Furnishings Alliance, High Point Discovered and Richard Frinier Design Studio; as well as contributors Alderman Company, Jane Dagmi, Culp, Visit High Point, HPxD, Phillips Collection and Verellen.

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