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Anderson earns Icons of Industry Scholarship

Ashley Taylor Anderson, a senior in the Interior Design program at Georgia Southern University, has been awarded the 2007 Icons of Industry Scholarship from the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH). The $5,000 scholarship will be presented to her at the organization’s Golden Key Awards Breakfast on Monday, Nov. 12, in New York City.

‘This is a great honor for Ashley Taylor and for our Interior Design program,” said Patricia Walton, ASID, IDEC Program Coordinator, and assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences. ‘She’s a talented student who has shown evidence of her ability all through her years at Georgia Southern, and we’re extremely proud of her accomplishments.”

To earn the scholarship, Anderson was required to have completed an internship in the design industry. Fortunately, she has accomplished not one, but two.

‘Last summer I completed two internships, one at Design Directions Inc. in my hometown of Marietta, Ga., and a second at Crossfields Inc. in Kennesaw,” Anderson explained. ‘Each one gave me experience in a different area of design.” To apply for the scholarship, Anderson wrote an essay about her background, her goals, and her interest in interior design for the hospitality industry. She also sent a CD that included her design portfolio. Although her portfolio was not required, she believes it may have helped her win the scholarship.

Georgia Southern is one of only two public universities in Georgia with an interior design program that holds accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Throughout the U.S. and Canada, only 153 universities have earned this accreditation.

‘The CIDA accreditation was a primary reason that I chose to attend Georgia Southern,” said Anderson. The Interior Design program at Georgia Southern also holds accreditation by NASAD, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

While in New York City, Anderson will stay at the Mandarin Oriental, a luxury hotel, as a guest of NEWH. Amy Boyett, ASID, IDEC, and assistant professor of interior design at Georgia Southern, will accompany Anderson to New York City.

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