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IDC accepting scholarship and bursary applications until December 19


The Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is accepting submissions for two scholarships and a bursary this month. Aiming to help fund the education of prospective design students, the three IDC initiatives are all accepting submissions until 5 PM EST on December 19.IDC, bursary, scholarship

Robert Ledingham Scholarship

Created in 2013 by IDC and IDIBC (Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia) in memory of Robert Ledingham, one of Canada’s most celebrated interior designers, the Robert Ledingham Scholarship is available annually to one or more candidates to assist Canadian interior designers and educators in their pursuit of higher education. Robert Ledingham was instrumental in advancing the profession locally, nationally, and internationally, and was a leader in the development of the interior design educational accreditation process in North America. In keeping with the spirit of Bob’s passion for education, his legacy supports this scholarship program, along with a matching donation from Bob’s partner, Robert Lemon.

Applicants must complete an application form and answer questions about the importance of higher education. Please see the application form for full entry guidelines.

BYU Design Bursary

Created in 2014 by IDC and Bob’s Your Uncle (BYU) Design, owned by IDC Fellow, past-president and Registered interior designers Ada Bonini and Cheryl Broadhead, the BYU Design Bursary is awarded annually to one or more emerging professionals who, for reasons of financial hardship, are unable to join their provincial interior design association as an Intern/Provisional member.

Applicants must complete an application form and answer questions about the importance of professional membership. Applications are open in November and recipients are notified in January. Please see the application form for full entry guidelines.

Wayne Thomson Bursary

Created in 2016 by IDC and John Donat in memory of Wayne Thomson, a prominent Ontario interior designer, the Wayne Thomson Bursary is awarded annually to one or more candidates to assist with the cost of the NCIDQ exam. Upon Wayne’s death in October 2015, his partner John Donat graciously donated $10,000 to start the bursary fund and through the donations of family, friends and IDC members, the bursary will help emerging professionals reach their goal of becoming Registered interior designers.

Applicants must complete an application form and answer questions about the importance of professional membership and earning the NCIDQ certification. Please see the application form for full entry guidelines.


One or more recipients may be announced for each of the scholarships and bursaries. Additional information is available via the IDC website, linked here.


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