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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- or NASAD-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), and needs to 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.

All submission information, including the video, must be complete and submitted through the award website by February 21, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST. 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.

If you have previously applied for this scholarship, you will need to create and submit a new video application. If you re-submit your video from a previous year, you will be disqualified.

For tips on sound quality, you can check out this link.


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


For questions or more information, contact John Czarnecki at