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Furniture Foundation of High Point provides $24,000 for scholarships at Appalachian

American Home Furnishings AllianceBOONE—The Furniture Foundation of High Point has provided $24,000 to Appalachian State University to fund eight $3,000 scholarships in the Department of Technology.

The scholarships will be awarded in May for the 2008-09 academic year to students pursuing a bachelor of science degree in industrial design-furniture design with a minor in marketing.

“The industrial design-furniture design program at Appalachian continues to provide qualified professionals needed by the furniture industry,” said Andy Counts, chief executive officer of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), which administers the foundation. “The foundation is proud to continue its support of the students in this multi-disciplined degree track.”

The industrial design-furniture design program prepares students as professional designers and provides experience with various technologies and materials as they relate to creative work, analysis, manufacturing and problem-solving to design and market creative and useful furniture.

“We thank the Furniture Foundation for its continued support of Appalachian and the furniture design program,” said Dr. Glenda Treadaway, interim dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts which houses the Department of Technology. “Our students greatly benefit from this investment as does the furniture market.”

The Furniture Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded to support research and educational programming aimed at improving management, manufacturing and marketing within the residential furniture industry. It has distributed more than $3 million in scholarships and grants since 1990.

Headquartered in High Point, AHFA represents more than 200 of the industry’s leading manufacturers who make everything from bedroom and dining room suites to upholstered sofas and chairs, as well as outdoor furniture.

For more information about the industrial design-furniture design program at Appalachian, visit www.tec.appstate.edu .

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