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Posted August 12, 2015 in StudentInterior Design

Interior Design students Jennifer Kang and Victoria Hays have both been awarded scholarships from Gorman’s Home Furnishing and Interior Design.

The Michigan-based company decided to celebrate its 75th anniversary by offering four scholarships to undergraduate and graduate interior design students studying in Michigan. Applicants were judged on their core design philosophy, goals, and commitment to the profession, as well as three of their best portfolio pieces.

“We were pleased with the high quality of applications we received,” said Gorman’s President Tom Lias. “The interior designers of tomorrow are demonstrating a thoughtful approach to design and a commitment to making beautiful, sustainable and creative spaces. We wish all of our scholarship recipients the best of luck as they continue their education.”

Kang is a member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), serves on the board of the KCAD Green Council, and is a past member of the AIA Chicago student chapter.

portfolio piece from Jennifer KangA café design Kang submitted as part of her scholarship application

She said her design philosophy centers on a belief that “design is having strength in the elements that you can’t see. This means making the living experience a one-of-a-kind, spiritual space where one can prosper without limitations.”

Hays is a volunteer with Grand River Clean Up and is active in the IIDA, having recently participated in the Finish to Fashion event at the Gem Theatre in Detroit in 2014.

Victoria Hayes profile pieceHays submitted this hand-drawn rendering of a jewelry store as part of her scholarship application

She says her role as an interior designer is to design a space that recognizes the fact that most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, and to “speak to the prominence of these primary surroundings, as well as remaining conscious of the health and wellness of my clients and the planet, ultimately affecting a significant portion of the population.”