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The Philadelphia Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESPHL) will award a merit‐based, single‐year scholarship to recognize and support potential future contributors to the field of architectural or theatrical lighting.


The scholarship is open to citizens of the United States, permanent U.S. residents, as well as holders of U.S. student visas (F‐1). (Confirmed prior to scholarship disbursement.) Applicants must be students currently enrolled as a junior or senior in a full‐time undergraduate program as a degree candidate in the field of architectural or theatrical lighting at an accredited college/university within Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Southern New Jersey. Applicants may also be students within the eligibity boundary who have comitted to pursuing a graduate level masters degree in the field of architectural or theatrical lighting at another accredited college/university. Refer to map below for eligible counties.


The monetary value of the scholarship shall be $5,000. In addition, the scholarship award includes one annual IES Membership, one pass to LIGHTFAIR® International (May 2019, Philadelphia), and one ticket to The Philaments awards and officer installation dinner (June 2019, Philadelphia) free of charge. The IESPHL panel reviewing the applications reserves the option to award a maximum of two scholarships, should they conclude there are two candidates whom are equally deserving.


Students will be required to submit an essay of no more than 2 pages along with an application and a letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation must be written by a professional administrator who has supervised the applicant in a practical or work related application.


  1. What inspired you to pursue your architectural or theatrical lighting studies?
  2. How do you envision your ideal career path developing post‐graduation?
  3. Where do you see yourself giving back to the lighting design community in the future?