The IALD Education Trust is now accepting applications for its Scholarship and Travel Stipends for Students and Educators for 2017. The application period opened on Dec. 1, 2016 and the deadline is Dec. 31, 2016. All recipients of the IALD Education Trust Scholarships Program must be current IALD members or have a membership application pending at the time they apply for aid.

For students, there are three scholarships available as part of the IALD Education Trust Scholarship Program. They are as follows:

BK Lighting / Ron Naus Scholarship
This is open to graduate and undergraduate students from any country. The scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and varies between $1,000 to $3,000.

Lighting Design Alliance Scholarship (LDA)
This is open to graduates and undergraduates from any country. The scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and varies between $1,000 to $3,000.

Thomas M. Lemons Scholarship
This is made possible by a generous donation from lighting design firm Available Light. The scholarship requires that the applicant be a junior, senior, or higher-level lighting design student, and a citizen of the United States. The annual award amount is $4,000 and is renewable for a two-year maximum.

To download the information and application forms for the student scholarships, go to the IALD website.


For students and educators, there are four different travel stipend options available. They are as follows:

Educator Travel Stipends: Lighting educators from all countries, both full-time and part-time faculty are encouraged to apply. Awards vary and are intended to offset some or all of the expenses related to registration, lodging and transportation.

Student Travel Stipends: Full-time U.S. and international lighting students are encouraged to apply. Awards vary and are intended to offset some or all of the expenses related to registration, lodging and transportation.

Student Group Travel Stipends: Groups of three or more full-time lighting students from all countries are encouraged to apply. Awards vary and are intended to offset some or all of the expenses related to registration, lodging and transportation.

Propose Your Own Destination: Full-time U.S. and international students are encouraged to apply and propose their own international or domestic lighting-related activity for support consideration. A list of possible events for support can be found on the IALD website.

Awards vary and are intended to offset some or all of the expenses related to registration, lodging and transportation.

For complete details and instructions on how to apply, the IALD asks that candidates read the Scholarship + Travel Stipend Application Information document in its entirety. The document contains important information, including submission requirements and frequently asked questions. For questions, please contact IALD Education Trust Coordinator Jill Mulholland, PhD, at jill@iald.org.