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John J. Nelson Sr. Legacy Scholarship Submission Guidelines

Who Should Enter

This scholarship award is open to undergraduate students of African-American descent who are currently enrolled in a U.S. not-for-profit CIDA-accredited interior design or NAAB-accredited architecture program. The criteria for this scholarship includes a consideration for need, however need is not a prerequisite.   

Submission Requirements

Students must submit a 3-to-5 minute video articulating how the power of design has already impacted their life, and how they will proactively leverage their career in design to positively impact their future clients and community.

The video may be styled in “essay” format (where students are responding to the prompt question directly to the camera) or may incorporate original drawings, sketches, videography, or project work from their portfolio to illustrate their response. The video must be a max file size of 200 MB and saved in .MP4, .MPEG, or .AVI format.

Please submit the video digitally through the award website from January 10, 2019 through February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Central. Each submission must include the video and: 

  • Your name
  • IIDA Student Member ID (if a current IIDA Student Member)
  • Video title
  • Contact information
  • Name of university you are currently attending
  • Expected degree and graduation date
  • Letter of recommendation from your program chair, dean, or instructor
  • Copy of your current school ID

If any of the above documentation is not included, your application will not be reviewed. Any inclusions other than those requested will be removed from your application.


The Scholarship Fund Evaluation Committee and the IIDA Foundation Board of Trustees will review the videos and select the scholarship recipients.  

The distinguished evaluation committee includes: 

Gabrielle Bullock, IIDA, FAIA, NOMA
2018-2019 IIDA International Board President
Senior Director of Global Diversity
Perkins+Will (Los Angeles)

Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA
Executive Vice President and CEO

John J. Nelson Sr., IIDA
Founder, Principal of Design

Dina Griffin, IIDA, FAIA, NOMA
President, Architect
Interactive Design Architects (Chicago)

Jack Travis, FAIA, NOMA
President, Architect
Afri Culture/Design Culture (New York)


For questions or more information, contact Aisha Williams at