The Ruth Clark Furniture Design Scholarship was established by the Carolinas Chapter to honor Ruth Clark, one of the chapter's founding members. Ruth Clark, an IFDA Fellow, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. During her career, she designed upholstered furniture for several companies, and many of her designs have become classics in the industry. She mentored design students and young professionals in the field, served as Carolinas Chapter President and received the prestigious IFDA National Honorary Recognition Award in 1994. Currently she is a design consultant and furniture designer for The Clark Connection. The scholarship is open to currently enrolled post-secondary students whose emphasis is on residential furniture design.
A) All applicants must have completed four design courses in post-secondary education at the time of application and be majoring in Interior Design or a related field.
B) All applicants must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in DESIGN with a focus on residential upholstered and/or wood furniture design. The recipient of this scholarship must be enrolled for the fall semester following the March 31st application deadline, in order to receive this scholarship.
C) The completed application packet must include a transcript of course work that verifies full-time status and shows your GPA.
Application accepted each year between March 1 and no later than March 31. Winner will be notified by July 1. See application form for further requirements.
Application Requirements for Ruth Clark Scholarship for Furniture Design
One copy of:
A) A transcript from your college Registrar. Transcript should be sent with your PDF files by March 31 deadline.
And one copy of each of the following:
A) The completed Application Form.
B) 200-400 word essay explaining your long- and short-term goals, special interests, volunteer/community service, and what inspired you to pursue a professional career in this field.
C) Five different examples of original furniture designs, whether built or detailed sketches. Emailed digital color PDF files.
D) Letter of Recommendation from an instructor/professor on official school stationery.