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The Competition

The Wilsonart Essay Competition recognizes IIDA Student members working towards an interior design degree with plans to pursue a career in the field. Only students participating in the Student Mentoring Program are eligible to enter the competition by submitting an original essay reflecting on their mentoring experience.

The winner will receive $1,000 courtesy of the Wilsonart Education Fund. Wilsonart will also provide roundtrip airfare and two-night hotel stay in Chicago during NeoCon. The student will also be featured on the IIDA website, the biweekly e-newsletter DesignMatters, and in the IIDA Student Member quarterly e-newsletter, QUAD.

Important Dates

Competition Opens - March 2018
Deadline to Enter - Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Central time
Winner Announced - May 2018

Entry Information

Review the official competition guidelines. Official entry information is also emailed to all Student Mentoring Program participants.


The winner and all other entrants will be notified via email in May 2018.


For questions or more information, contact Aisha Williams, senior director of industry relations & special events, at


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Suzanne Sabia

The Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce that Suzanne Sabia, Student IIDA, of the University of Alabama and the IIDA Alabama Chapter, is the recipient of the 2017 Wilsonart Essay Competition $1,000 cash award. In her winning essay she shares her Student Mentoring Program experience at Office Pavilion in Houston, Texas.

"The most valued experience to me is not a short cut in AutoCAD or a particular sales pitch that will land the client, but having a positive network that surrounds me and knowing that there are genuine people around me who want to see me succeed."
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