Interior Design and Merchandising students receive national scholarships
By Sara Hocutt
College of Human Ecology
Two East Carolina University students in the College of Human Ecology were selected for nationally-competitive 2013-14 scholarships based on academic performance, industry engagement and faculty recommendations.
Interior design student Angela Truehill was one of six recipients in the nation to receive the Celia Moh Scholarship, which pays full tuition, room, board and fees. Entrepreneur Laurence Moh, founder of University Furniture and Fine Furniture Design, created the Celia Moh scholarship program in 2001 to honor his wife.
Merchandising student Shelby Richards received the National Retail Foundation’s Ray M. Greenly Scholarship, which includes a $5,000 payment towards her school expenses. Richards will also represent ECU at the Shop.org Annual Summit in Chicago in September.
Truehill, a rising senior, said she was overjoyed with the news about the scholarship and excited about finishing her degree to become an interior designer. “Receiving this scholarship . . . will allow me to devote more of my attention to studying interior design, instead of working to pay for college,” she said.
Richards noted that the scholarship will open new opportunities for her in the fashion merchandising industry. “My plans are to go to a big city and work with a large retail corporation as a buyer. Attending the Shop.org summit will put me in contact with merchandising professionals from around the country. What an awesome opportunity to get my name out there,” she said.
For more information on the Department of Interior Design and Merchandising, its students and programs, visit www.ecu.edu/che/idmr.