One of the primary missions of the ASID Foundation is to provide annual funding for scholarships and grants. In 2014, the Foundation awarded more than $60,000 to students and practitioners to further their education and to support design research projects.
In 2013, Carol Cisco, Allied ASID, was the recipient of the Irene Winifred Eno Grant, which helps to fund interior design research projects dedicated to health, safety, and welfare.
“I am personally forever grateful for the Foundation’s support and all the ways this grant impacted our mission,” says Cisco. “As a result of our work, veterans who previously considered suicide now feel they are of value, not only to themselves but to their families and the community. Professional interior design can and does impact lives.”
Tony Purvis, Allied ASID, used the funding he received from the Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award to travel the country and present his research. This annual award recognizes outstanding interior design research and thesis projects by undergraduate or graduate students of interior design. Eligible projects address interior design topics, such as educational research, behavioral science, business practice, design process, theory, and other technical subjects.
“The capacity to create new knowledge through research is of paramount importance to many universities when hiring design educators,” says Purvis. “The recognition from ASID of the quality of my graduate research definitely played a factor in securing my first job in academia.”
The work of the ASID Foundation impacts society at many levels, from shaping the education and careers of interior design professionals to engaging with business, healthcare, and families of greatest need in multiple ways. With your help, the Foundation is breaking new ground. By supporting the ASID Foundation, your tax-deductible donation will help us to build a stronger design community and a better world.