Design Student Named Scholarship Finalist


Laura Nibberich, a senior interior design student at Maryville University, has been selected as a national finalist in the prestigious 2008 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship competition. The fund awards annual scholarships to outstanding students from a Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) school.

As one of three finalists chosen from a field of 80 submissions, Nibberich will be invited to participate in a summer internship with Gensler. An international architecture, design, planning and consulting firm, Gensler has been rated first in interior design firms for 28 consecutive years by Interior Design magazine.

“The nomination as a finalist in this competition is one of the highlights thus far in my educational career,” Nibberich said. “I am very fortunate to be surrounded by such inspirational instructors here at Maryville University. With their assistance, I acquired the determination to push myself to high limits and expectations, and obtained the confidence needed to enter such a prominent competition.”

The juried decision and scholarship amount will be announced in mid-December. The winner will be recognized at the Contract Magazine Awards Breakfast in New York, N.Y. on Jan. 30, 2009.

Maryville University’s B.F.A. in Interior Design is an intensely focused professional degree structured to facilitate development of a mature, diverse and competitive portfolio. It prepares students for full participation in the professional design community. Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County and is ranked by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Midwest.