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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.

Each essay must be one page and a minimum of 500 words, single spaced, and written in a standard font. It must also include a cover page with the following:

  • Your name
  • IIDA Member number
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number

All submissions must be saved in PDF format with a file name of "First Name Last Name_WEC Year" (example: "Aisha Williams_WEC 2018") and submitted by Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Central time to


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.

Contact Information

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