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Wilsonart Essay Competition Guidelines


Who Should Enter

All student participants in the Student Mentoring Program may enter by submitting an original essay about their mentoring experience.


Your essay should be a reflection of your mentoring experience, address how your mentor inspired you, and how the program augmented your formal education. Include specific information about activities you participated in, what you learned, and what innovative leadership qualities your mentor possessed.

Your essay should be 500 words minimum to 750 words maximum and include the following on your entry form:

  • Your name
  • IIDA Member number
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Name of university you are currently attending
  • Mentor name
  • Name of company your mentor works for

Your essay must be submitted digitally through the application website by Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Central time. 


The IIDA Foundation Board of Trustees will review the essays and select a winner. The winner will receive $1,000 courtesy of the Wilsonart Student 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.


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