KPU interior design student wins hospitality scholarship

Tue, Dec 23, 2014

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Wilson School of Design student Judith Babcock took home a $2,000 scholarship from the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH) this month.

The fourth-year Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) student received the NEWH Vancouver chapter’s regional grant after submitting an essay outlining her career goals, and her decision to choose interior design.

“I have always loved brilliant architecture and interiors, and chose the latter because of the direct connection it has with people on a daily basis. A well designed work place, communal or experiential space has incredible potential to improve quality of life," said Babcock, who enrolled at KPU as a mature student after a successful career in the film and television industry. “Coming from a career that was all about entertainment, this just seemed like the right thing to do at this stage in my life.”

Babcock will apply her scholarship toward her final semester at KPU Richmond this spring. After graduation, she hopes to find a position in a firm that includes hospitality design as a primary discipline, and says she would relocate anywhere for the right opportunity.

“We live in an exciting time to be a designer, and I still believe what my mentors taught me many years ago: keep challenging, push the status quo and always be looking for smarter, better options.”

The NEWH Vancouver region chapter grant is awarded to a student pursuing a career related to the hospitality industry. In addition to an essay, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited university or college, be at least halfway through their credential and have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

More information on the Vancouver region’s Hospitality Industry Network is available here.

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