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WithIt names 2012 scholarship recipients

13 college students attend WithIt's 2012 professional conference

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Students Liz Moore of Kendall College of Art & Design and Kimberly Small of Winthrop University each earned $2,500 to cover tuition expenses as recipients of the 2012 Jena & Stephen Hall Scholarship, WithIt announced.

The scholarship, presented by withIt, was available to women enrolled as full-time second or third year college students studying a field or major related to the home and furnishings industries. Applicants were judged on academic performance, curriculum selected and extracurricular activities.

In addition, WithIt hosted 20 of its Student Scholars at its recent professional conference held in Raleigh, N.C. The WithIt Student Scholars attendance was made possible by sponsors Brown Jordan, Sunbrella, furniture designer Richard Frinier and WithIt 2010 President's Award recipient Catherine Frinier. Students pursuing degrees in home furnishings-related careers learned from keynote speakers, engaged in roundtable discussions and networked with fellow attendees.

"We had a stellar group of young women participate in the conference, all chosen by their university faculty as outstanding students with interest in pursuing careers in the home furnishings industries," said WithIt Professional Conference Chair Jackie Hirschhaut of American Home Furnishings Alliance.

"I met so many amazing people; members and speakers," said Amber Knight, a student at North Carolina State University who attended the conference. "I made connections that I had never thought possible when I was first invited to attend. The women at WithIt shocked me with their power, confidence and inspiration."

WithIt's 2012 Student Scholars represented 13 universities or colleges: Krystin Glass, Abbey Reynolds and Elizabeth Terrell from Appalachian State University; Charlotte Lambert, Auburn University; Kristine Edwards and Erica Lang from High Point University; Moore and Lane Risdon from Kendall College of Art and Design; Rachel Atkinson and Julia Ross from Meredith College; Caroline Cooper and Sarah Gene Kilpatrick from Mississippi University; Knight and Sara Englehart from North Carolina State University; Tina Brumm, Philadelphia University; Elizabeth Warlop, Rhode Island School of Design; Jerri Hobdy, Savannah College of Art & Design; Julia Staley, UNC - Charlotte; Felicia Dean, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Small from Winthrop University.

To make a donation and support WithIt's endeavors nurturing future home and furnishing industries leaders, visit https://www.withit.org/scholarship_foundation.asp.

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