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Young Professionals Scholarship Fund

Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders

The IES Young Professionals Scholarship Fund supports the attendance of students and emerging professionals at the IES Annual Conference.

A minimum of four awards (one from each of the Society’s Regions) of $1,000.00 each will be granted each year to emerging professionals (individuals working in the lighting profession for five or fewer years) and students in their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies or enrolled in a graduate program. All awardees must be a member of the IES.

The grant will offset some of the costs of travel and lodging; the conference fee will be waived.


Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who show evidence of a commitment to the lighting profession, leadership abilities, and potential for future involvement in the IES.

Judging Criteria:

  1. Relevance – Will attending the IES conference help the applicant achieve his or her specific educational and/or career goals?
  2. Initiative – Has the applicant demonstrated continued dedication to the lighting profession?
  3. Communication – Are the ideas expressed in the essays communicated effectively and efficiently?
  4. Bonus – Overall, does it seem like this applicant would be fun and interesting to have around at the conference?

For the 2016 Annual Conference (October 23-25, 2016, Orlando, Florida) applications must be received by no later than September 8, 2016.


Qualified individuals must submit the following materials to the Scholarship Committee to be considered:

  • A formal letter of request, which includes a description of any special circumstances that might support or augment the application.
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor from whom the applicant has taken at least one lighting course in his or her current program or a professional member of the IES.
  • Evidence of emerging professional status.
  • A one page essay describing why the applicant feels he or she should be awarded the scholarship. This essay should include:
    • How attending the conference relates to the applicant’s future as an active IES member?
    • Specific ways in which the applicant will share the experience and acquired knowledge from the conference with others.
    • What are the applicant’s career objectives? How will this scholarship help the applicant achieve his or her goals?
    • What does the applicant expect to gain from the IES Conference?

Applications should be sent to:

Kevin Flynn

Marie Meacham

Written acknowledgement and agreement that if selected for the scholarship, the applicant shall write a summary of no less than 500 words of his or her experiences at the conference, and submit it to LD+A for publication no later than 60 days after the end of the conference.

Applicants who wish to apply for both the Young Professional Scholarship and the IES EP Sponsorship may do so, but a complete and separate application must be submitted to both programs. The closing date for both applications is September 8, 2016. Only one scholarship/sponsorship will be awarded to an individual.

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