Earning Her Way: Furniture Design Student Receives Prestigious Celia Moh Scholarship

Posted August 22, 2017 in Product Design, Student, Furniture Design, News Bites

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) Furniture Design student Kate Hyman is one of only five recipients of this year’s Celia Moh Scholarship, a prestigious award funded by the Celia Moh Scholarship Foundation and open to college/university students nationwide who are pursuing careers in the home furnishings industry.

Furniture Design student Kate Hyman Kate Hyman (credit: Sharon Vanorny)

“Kate is an incredible student and a dedicated, innovative designer who is beyond deserving of this award,” said Associate Professor and Furniture Design Program Chair Gayle DeBruyn. “We know that she will make the most of this opportunity.”

Dean of Academic Affairs Charles Wright added, “KCAD congratulates Kate on this outstanding achievement. She’s is an exemplary student who is carrying the Furniture Design program’s rich tradition of excellence forward.”

Symbiotic Chair design by Kate HymanSymbiotic Chair design by Kate Hyman

Established in 2001 by furniture industry entrepreneur Laurence Moh in honor of his wife, Celia, the scholarship covers Hyman’s tuition, room, board, books, and other associated fees for the entirety of the 2017-2018 academic year.

"This scholarship provides the freedom to focus solely on my studies and a platform from which to engage with the industry,” Hyman said. “I am beyond thankful and honored to join the upcoming class of Celia Moh scholars." 

In addition to demonstrating academic excellence and achievement, candidates for the scholarship are required to complete an extensive questionnaire, write a personal essay, and obtain recommendations from their instructor. Winners are then chosen by a scholarship committee composed of notable home furnishing industry executives.

Mondrian Bookshelf designed by Kate HymanMondria Bookshelf design by Kate Hyman

In her essay submission, Hyman framed home furnishings as having value beyond the aesthetic and functional, capable of creating “havens of safety, spaces that inspire or foster creativity, or that convey to others who we are or aspire to be.”

Going forward, she hopes to instill a human-centered approach in her design practice.

“I passionately believe that the home furnishings industry provides a unique opportunity to reinforce positive self-perceptions on an intimate, daily level,” Hyman wrote. “I aspire to bring a conscious balance of craft, material innovation, manufacturing capabilities and human sensitivity to the field.”  

Learn more about KCAD’s Furniture Design program at kacd.edu/furnituredesign.