Celia Moh Scholarship Announces 2014-2015 Winners for home Furnishings' Most Prestigious Scholarship

May 22, 2014, High Point, NC—Four new students have been selected to receive the prestigious Celia Moh Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.  This year’s recipients are: Emily Hardin, a senior interior design student at Mississippi State University; Samuel Patterson, a junior in the industrial design program at North Carolina State University; Heather Seto, a senior furniture design major attending Kendall College of Art and Design; and Kaitlin Thompson, a junior home furnishings major from High Point University.

The Celia Moh Scholarship is considered one of the preeminent academic scholarship programs for students bound for careers in the home furnishings industry, paying full-time tuition and fees, room, board and books for its recipients.  In addition, the scholarship hosts an annual networking and resource-building trip to the High Point Market, and provides informal internship and career guidance for its scholars, as well as offering an active alumni network for former scholars who are now in the home furnishings industry.

Established in 2001 by furniture industry entrepreneur Laurence Moh, best known as the founder of Universal Furniture and later, Fine Furniture Design, to honor his wife, Celia, the program’s strategically managed endowment has provided 84 full scholarships in thirteen years, exceeding $3.8 million in awards.

Scholarship candidates are hand-selected by their respective universities and then must complete an extensive application questionnaire, write a personal essay, obtain instructors’ recommendations, and provide a college transcript illustrating exceptional academic achievement. A scholarship committee comprised of notable home furnishings industry executives selected the students from a pool of premier candidates from eight universities across the country.  The four new scholarship recipients join four returning undergraduate students selected as Celia Moh Scholars last year—Hazel Chang, James Ellis and Casey Gloster, all attending Appalachian State University, and Angela Truehill, a student at East Carolina University.

Previous scholarship recipients have gone on to make their mark in the home furnishings industry in fields such as management, marketing, retailing, product design and development, merchandising and engineering.

For more information about the Celia Moh Scholarship program, please visit www.mohscholarship.org.

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