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Wilsonart Essay Competition

Wilsonart Essay 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 2019
Deadline to Submit – Friday, April 12, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Central time
Winner Notified – May 2019

Entry Information

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


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


2018 Wilsonart Essay Competition Winner

Amalia Morejon

The Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce that Amalia Morejon, Student IIDA, from Miami Dade College and the IIDA South Florida Chapter, is the winner of of the 2018 Wilsonart Essay Competition and the recipient of the $1,000 cash award. In her winning essay, Morejon shares her Student Mentoring Program experience at IA Interior Architects.

"The Student Mentoring Program allowed me an opportunity to appreciate the true value of my membership with IIDA, by providing exposure to the professional world of Interior Design. There are no easy careers to study; however, provided with guidance every step of the way, any career can become the dream career."

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