DEADLINE: March 15th, 2024                


The Philadelphia Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES-PHL) will award a merit-based, single-year scholarship to recognize and support potential future contributors to the Lighting Industry; in the fields of Architectural Lighting, Interior Design Lighting, Industrial Design, Landscape Lighting, 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). Applicants must be students currently enrolled as a Second Year, Third Year or Fourth Year Student in a Full-Time or Part-Time Undergraduate, or Graduate Program. Applicants must be a degree candidate in the field of Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, or Theater with a specialization or special interest in lighting or luminaire design, at an accredited College or University within Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Southern New Jersey. Refer to Appendix A for eligible Counties. All of the aforementioned will be verified prior to the scholarship being awarded.

The Scholarship

The monetary value of the scholarship shall be $5000. In addition, the scholarship award includes one Annual IES Student Membership, and Two (2) Tickets to the Philaments Awards and Officer Installation event, free of charge. The IES-PHL 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.


The applicant’s submission package should include the following three items:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation


Enclose a typed essay totaling no more than 2 pages which addresses the following questions:

1. What inspired you to pursue your Architectural Lighting, Interior Design Lighting, Industrial Design, Landscape Lighting, or Theatrical Lighting studies?

2. How do you envision your ideal career path developing post-graduation?

3. How do you see yourself giving back to the Lighting Community in the future?


All applications and associated documents must be sent to the email address listed below, no later than Friday, March 15th, 2024. Any materials received after that date will be disqualified.

Letter of Recommendation

Provide one letter of recommendation, written by a professional administrator who has supervised the applicant in a practical or work related position.

Some examples include: Professor or Instructor; an Employer or Manager from work in a related field; or a Career/Guidance Counselor that is familiar with your work.

Where to Send
Applications should be sent (along with related materials in a single submission package) electronically to:
IES Philadelphia Section
C/O Howard Lewis
Scholarship Committee Chair

Selection and Notification

The final selection will be judged anonymously by the IES-PHL Scholarship selection committee. The committee’s decision shall be final.  All candidates will be notified of the outcome on or about April 14th, 2024. The committee will not return submitted essays or materials.

The Scholarship recipient shall also be notified on or about April 28th, 2024, and the Scholarship recipient will be presented a check at the annual IES-PHL Philament Awards and Officer Installation dinner, date TBD.

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