18 will receive a total of $36,000 from the WithIt Scholarship Foundation

18 will receive a total of ,000 from the WithIt Scholarship Foundation

HIGH POINT — The WithIt Scholarship Foundation has awarded $36,000 in various amounts to students for the 2024-25 school year through the WithIt Scholarship Foundation. Recipients include 17 second- and third-year students pursuing degrees in the home and furnishings industry, and one woman in the industry received the scholarship.

WithIt received a total of $45,000 from the Heritage Home Group Charitable Trust for tuition scholarships and to provide students with the opportunity to attend the WithIt Annual Professional Conference June 10-12 in Greenville, SC.

“Any opportunity to provide more resources to students, especially women in a male-dominated industry, so we can showcase our own skills is vital for our industry,” said Paris Gholston, vice president of scholarships at WithIt and customer relations and compliance coordinator at the Mattress Recycling Council. “During the first round of scholarships, I saw that there are incredible women out there with great ideas, and they deserve everything they can get to showcase those ideas and their brilliance.”

In addition to the general scholarship recipients, Grace Avery, a textile design student at North Carolina State University, received the Jena and Stephen Hall Scholarship, awarded annually to the top student.

Other recipients are:

  • Ashlee Lowe, Business Administration, High Point University
  • Ashley Garcia Martinez, Interior Design, Randolph Community College
  • Charlene Garcia, Interior Design, Randolph Community College
  • Elayna Brown, Interior Design, Randolph Community College
  • Faith Kiss, Interior Design, Salem College
  • Haley Grimbeek, Industrial Design, Appalachian State University
  • Ihsan Mohammed, Interior Design, Meredith College
  • Katarina Jovic, Interior Design, New York School of Interior Design
  • Kristie Butcher, Interior Design and Architecture, Randolph Community College
  • Kristy Larabee, Interior Design, Randolph Community College
  • Lauren Koster, Interior Design, Western Carolina University
  • Mary Abigail Streble, Interior Design, Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Natalie Mangen, Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Rebecca Grace Porterfield, Textile Design, NC State University
  • Sarah Marie Johnson, Interior Design, Randolph Community College
  • Skyler Trogdon, Interior Design, Randolph Community College

Billie J. Rhinehart, Home by Hart, received an continuing education scholarship to complete her bachelor’s degree in interior design at Maryville University of Saint Louis.

To date, WithIt has awarded $283,000 in scholarships since its inception.

The WithIt Scholarship Foundation is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization and is funded by donations from WithIt members and grants from industry foundations, including the HHG Charitable Trust and the AHFA Furniture Foundation.

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