The Besal Lighting Education Fund has announced the selection of 13 scholarship recipients for the upcoming 2017/2018 academic year. The scholarships to be awarded total $60,000 and will be shared among eight undergraduate and five graduate students seeking degrees related to lighting design and representing three participating universities: University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Kansas, and the University of Nebraska (Lincoln and Omaha campuses).
Established in 1983 as a nonprofit trust, The Besal Fund aspires to encourage talented and committed students to pursue a career in the lighting industry. It has awarded more than $780,000 in scholarships to students from accredited schools throughout the United States.
“Though I can’t rule out other opportunities, I could see myself being happy working as a designer for the entirety of my career,” said Riley Johnson, a rising Senior at the University of Nebraska and one of the scholarship recipients. “I see lighting design as something that cannot be perfected, but a skill that can be continually refined as I learn more about it. It’s my goal to become as skilled as possible and be respected throughout the industry as an outstanding engineer and designer.”