The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education announced its 2016 grant and scholarship recipients during its annual luncheon held during Lightfair, which this year took place on April 26 in San Diego. Six awards were presented: two $20,000 Lesley Wheel Grants and four $5000 student awards. Nuckolls Fund board member Glenn Shrum, who is presently director of the Master of Fine Arts program in Lighting at the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, and has his own lighting consultancy, Flux Studio in Baltimore, was the luncheon speaker.

The $20,000 Lesley Wheel Grants provide support to new lighting courses in schools where a lighting curriculum has not previously been offered. The first grant was made to Philadelphia University for a new course titled, “Lighting Design”. Developed by four faculty members—Professor James Doerfler, Associate Professors Lyn Godley and Lauren Baumbach, and Assistant Professor Mathew Gindlesparger—this will be the first of four courses leading to an undergraduate lighting minor and a graduate lighting concentration that has an interdisciplinary approach involving architecture, industrial design, and interior design.

The second $20,000 Lesley Wheel Grant went to The University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, for its development and delivery of a new lighting class in the College of Art and Architecture. The course will also be open to students in the interior design program. The principal investigator is Dr. Leyla Sanati.

At the student level, the Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award, which carries with it a $5,000 purse, and “…recognizes a student who has demonstrated outstanding performance in an existing lighting program” was awarded to Jeffrey Mundinger, who is a Master of Science candidate in Penn State’s Architectural Engineering Program. With this award, he plans to pursue his Ph.D.

Another of the student prizes, the Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award, which also carries with it a $5,000 stipend, was presented to Thomas Mnich, from Germany, who is presently enrolled in the lighting program at the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.

Two more student awards, the $5,000 Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY) Student Achievement Awards were also presented. The first recipient, Rohan Nagare, is currently a candidate for a Master of Science degree in the lighting program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) Lighting Research Center. Nagare will be continuing his studies at RPI and entering the Ph.D. program.

The second recipient of the DLFNY Student Achievement Award is Shelby White, a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she also serves as a teaching assistant in the lighting program.

During the presentations, Jeff Milham, Nuckolls Fund president, also acknowledged the significant donations made by long-time fund contributors the Jonas Bellovin Memorial Foundation, B-K Lighting and TEKA Illumination, the Designers Lighting Forum of New York, Enterprise Lighting Sales, the Illuminating Engineering Society New York City Section, and California lighting firm Lighting Design Alliance.

Milham also reminded guests about the availability of the fund’s electronic database of lighting educators and the free resources, such as videos and teaching modules, available on the fund’s website. “Our resources serve members of the entire lighting community, whether they are lighting students, lighting teachers, or lighting design practitioners,” Milham said.

The deadline for 2017 Nuckolls Fund grant proposals is Feb. 6, 2017. For more information and to download the current grant RFPs forms go to the Nuckolls Fund website.