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April 12, 2021 2:24 PM

Interior Design students awarded industry scholarships

Two fourth-year students in Conestoga’s Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) program have received scholarships from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO).

Leah Lorentz was awarded the 2021 Norma Ruth Ridley Scholarship, which honours interior design students who display impeccable professionalism and ethics and understand the importance of good business practices and professional standards. Nominees for the $2,000 scholarship are judged in five areas: academic achievement, professionalism, community involvement, character and communication.

Jackie Cooper was one of three students who received the CTI Working Environments Student Scholarship, which recognizes students who go beyond written curriculum. Recipients awarded the $500 scholarship best exemplify dedication and enthusiasm in giving back to their community and volunteering for ARIDO.

Mandated to regulate the interior design profession in Ontario, ARIDO sets standards for its membership, including education and professional development requirements and adherence to a Code of Ethics and Practice Standards. ARIDO is the only professional organization for interior designers in Ontario.

Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and recognized by ARIDO, BID provides students with the theoretical, practical and technical skills required for practice in the field. Through a comprehensive curriculum delivered by an interdisciplinary faculty, the program prepares students to apply an integrated approach to interior design solutions for the built environment and its occupants and meet the technological changes and currency relating to sustainability, universal design, and health and safety.