KCAD Marks Ten Years of TowerPinkster Interior Design Scholarship

Posted June 23, 2022 in Giving, Interior Design

KCAD President and an Interior Design student with two TowerPinkster team members.From left are, from TowerPinkster: Ryan Archer, Senior Design Architect; Yvonne VanWormer, Interior Design Supervisor; from KCAD: Alexandria Short, Interior Design student and TowerPinkster scholarship recipient; and President Tara McCrackin.

West Michigan-based architecture, engineering, and interior design firm TowerPinkster first established an endowed scholarship to support Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) Interior Design students in 2012. Ten years later, the TowerPinkster Interior Design Scholarship continues to serve a vital role in helping reduce the financial barriers to pursuing an interior design education.

The scholarship endowment provides financial support for junior and senior-level students, allowing recipients to make the most of learning opportunities such as internships. For young designers preparing to graduate, these real-world experiences are essential in gaining exposure to career paths and finding their way in the industry.

"TowerPinkster is strongly committed to investing in the students who live, work, and study here," said Jill Overacker, Manager of Marketing. "Our mission is to encourage, support, and inspire the next generation of designers who will shape the future of our industry."

Interior Design students Alexandria Short and Tiffany Taylor are the TowerPinkster scholarship recipients for the 2021-2022 academic year.

As TowerPinkster began to expand its reputation as a leading design firm in Grand Rapids, the firm continued to invest in its evolving scholarship program. The team approached KCAD with the goal of creating an interior design endowed scholarship to grow design talent in our community. TowerPinkster's Grand Rapids office is located only a few blocks from the college's campus, allowing its team to stay engaged with the student and faculty community. Several KCAD Interior Design graduates have also gone on to work for the firm over the years.

A group of students on a tour of the TowerPinkster office.Students enrolled in the KCID 325 Hospitality Design course had the opportunity to visit TowerPinkster's Grand Rapids office during the spring semester.

The multidiscipline firm also oversaw Kendall's renovation of the Historic Federal Building—now named the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building— which was completed in 2012. The project rehabilitated the Beaux Arts-style building as a 21st-century academic learning environment for art and design programs while preserving its historic, character-defining features.

The scholarship endowment is just one of the ways TowerPinkster fosters the development of emerging designers. This previous semester, the company invited students taking the KCID 325 Hospitality Design course, led by KCAD Assistant Professor and Interior Design Program Chair Mary Ellen Fritz, to tour TowerPinkster's Grand Rapids office. Students made the short walk over from KCAD's campus to explore the workspace and witness the design process first-hand.

To learn more about how you can establish a new scholarship endowment or support scholarship opportunities by contributing to a current scholarship endowment at KCAD please visit kcad.edu/giving.

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