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Two O'More College students earn prestigious scholarship

Misti Fahr
Brandon Lackey

O'More College of Design students Brandon Lackey and Misti Fahr were two of the 12 winners of the Angelo Donghia Foundation Scholarship for 2013.

Lackey and Fahr are the fourth and fifth winners in the last three years for O’More. This year’s panel of industry experts selected the Student Scholarship Program winners from 77 projects submitted by accredited institutions across the country.

“For our students to secure five Donghia Scholarships in the last three years is an extremely exciting validation of our efforts in the department,” said David Koellein, O’More interior design department chair. “This is another indicator that we are truly in the top tier of America's interior design programs.”

Lackey, who attended Antioch High School, submitted a commercial project that took a unique approach to an educational structure.

“The idea behind my architectural school was to provide a blank canvas for students to synthesize technology and art through a collaborative environment,” he said. “I wanted to create an environment that would allow students to express their ideas freely with those around them.”

Fahr also developed an innovative concept for educational facilities. The interior design student devised a program for spaces that included both a learning center and an interior design center.

“I wanted to create an energetic environment that encouraged the acceptance and application of inspiration,” she said. “I have loved having the opportunity to apply not only the technical skills I learned, but also design theory and design philosophies.”

Launched in 2002, the Donghia Foundation recognizes deserving applicants entering their senior year in a Baccalaureate Degree Program in Interior Design. The prestigious honor comes with a significant scholarship—winning students from across the country receive a steep stipend to be applied to the senior scholastic year.

Students were awarded $30,000 of scholarship funds each. In the past three years, O’More interior design undergraduates have received a record-breaking amount of nearly $150,000 from the Foundation.
“Both students are incredibly deserving of this award,” Koellein said. “I have never been more proud or more confident in the quality of work our department is producing.”

The Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship Award is based on both academic merit and financial need. The endowment was created by the late New York City-based interior designer Angelo Donghia, and has awarded more than $9 million to various causes since its launch.

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