HIGH POINT, N.C., June 9, 2017 – Addison Gantt, a rising junior at High Point University, has been selected to receive the Celia Moh Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. The scholarship will pay for full tuition, room, board, books and fees.
Gantt is a Salisbury native majoring in visual merchandising design. She is one of only five students in the country to receive the scholarship this year.
The Celia Moh Scholarship was established in October 2001 by furniture industry entrepreneur Laurence Moh to honor his wife, Celia. The scholarship program, funded by Mr. Moh’s initial gift of $3 million, was established to provide full tuition scholarships for students whose academic endeavors would logically lead to careers in the home furnishings industry.
“To me, this scholarship is such a blessing,” Gantt says. “Not only does the Celia Moh Scholarship provide for my education monetarily, but it also gives me access to network with other scholars from around the country with insightful experience in the design world. Celia Moh Scholars are a selective group of students and alumni that continually aid each other in the real world.”
The application process requires candidates to complete an extensive questionnaire, submit a personal essay, obtain instructors’ recommendations, and provide a college transcript illustrating exceptional academic achievement. A scholarship committee composed of notable home furnishings industry executives selected Gantt and the other students. Ninety-seven full scholarships have been awarded in the program’s 16-year existence.
Gantt says the combination of her HPU education and experiential opportunities in the home furnishings field have set her up for success.
“High Point University has prepared me for the real world by providing a holistic education in an inspiring environment that is taught by leading professionals in the design field,” she says. “We are very fortunate to have such experienced design faculty here, as well as access to the High Point Furniture Market where we can test our skills through internships and employment. Professors, such as Dr. John Turpin and John Linn, have supplied me with the professional knowledge of what it takes to make it in the design world. In each student, they instill a professional work ethic, innovative design skills, and encourage the application of design elements and principles in every assignment, all of which can be carried with a student once they graduate.”
For more information about the Celia Moh Scholarship program, visit www.mohscholarship.org.