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California Closets Awards Annual Scholarship to Two Interior Design Students 

By January 19, 2021June 21st, 2021Interior Design

Two of Villa Maria College’s Interior Design students will begin the Spring 2021 semester on a high note, after learning they were awarded scholarships over the break. 

Alexis Carrington, a sophomore BFA student, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship and Lindsay Klaffka, a second year AAS student, was awarded a $500 scholarship. Carrington and Klaffka earned their scholarships by creating exceptional designs in fulfillment of their Studio II interior design class. The students were given the opportunity to explain their creative choices and the design elements incorporated into their renderings during virtual presentations that took place in mid-December. They presented their work to other interior design students and a panel of local interior design professionals.

This year’s projects and presentations were judged on the following criteria:
  • Compliance with presentation requirements
  • Creativity in design solution 
  • Evidence of universal design 
  • Functionality of design
  • Overall aesthetics of design 
  • Professionalism of presentation

Carrington and  Klaffka’s scholarships have been generously funded by California Closets, a supporter of the College’s Interior Design program.  

The Villa Interior Design Program is so grateful to California Closets for continuing to provide our students with this scholarship award and to the independent jury that reviews the projects,” said Sandra Reicis, a longstanding professor of interior design at Villa. The project provides students with a realistic design challenge and an opportunity to experience what’s it like to create a project to a client’s specifications, present their work to that client, and then accept and respond to their feedbackThis is an example of the real-world experience Villa students get in the Interior Design program. Their work was judged by a panel of distinguished, practicing professionals conduct a blind review process to determine the scholarship recipients. 

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