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WithIt Awards $30,000 in Scholarships
WithIt has awarded a record number of scholarships this year in honor of the organization’s 20th anniversary. A generous gift of $30,000 from Heritage Home Group’s charitable trust in January of this year made the awards possible.

"We were thrilled to have so many deserving applicants this year" said Amy Van Dorp, Managing Director of WithIt. “This has been a great way to celebrate our twentieth and truly further our mission of encouraging and developing opportunities for professional women in the home and furnishings industry.”

A committee of four WithIt members evaluated the applications of students in various fields of study related to home furnishings for the awards. Applicants were required to submit official school transcripts indicating the student’s grade point average and class rank, SAT/ACT scores, three letters of recommendation, and a 300-500 word essay on why the applicant is interested in the home furnishings industry and how the scholarship will help them further their career.

“We added to the continuing education category to recognize women who are already in the industry but want to further their careers through education,” said Karen Fallon, scholarship committee chair and territory account manager at Heritage Home Group.

The committee evaluated applications and scored them as creative, responsible, energetic and deserving. A total of 15 undergraduate students and two continuing education students received awards in varying amounts.

Undergraduate recipients include:
Natalie Anderson, FIDM Los Angeles, Interior Design/Business
Adrianna Andretta, The Ohio State University, Industrial Design
Hannah Carlton, Clemson University, Architectural Design
Taj Cutting, Fashion Institute of Technology, Interior Design
Catherine Downey, Fashion Institute of Technology, Home Products Development
Mary Campbell Gray, Mississippi State University, Interior Design
Molly Hellickson, Miami University, Interior Design
Mary Leonard, North Carolina State University, Fashion and Textile Management
Amber McCullough, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Interior Architecture
Morgan Mitchell, The Ohio State University, Interior Design
Abigail Parisot, Winthrop University, Interior Design
Samantha Sullivan, Mississippi State University, Interior Design
Destiny Warren, North Carolina State University, Textile Design
Natalie Watson, Mississippi State University, Interior Design
Kylie Worman, Winthrop University, Interior Design

Continuing education recipients include Amanda Daubert, Director of Services at Furniture First, and Colette Schulte, Senior Buyer at Aaron’s Rent to Own. Three additional continuing education scholarships remain. Interested candidates can learn about the qualifications on withit.org.

Nine of the undergraduate students attended WithIt’s education conference last month in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Jana Platina Phipps

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