High Point University Awards Peterson Scholarship to Senior Interior Design Major
Ashley Odom, High Point University senior and interior design major, recently received the Bill and Bonnie Peterson Endowed Scholarship for the second year in a row.
High Point University student Ashley Odom, a senior interior design major from Atlanta, has been awarded with the Bill and Bonnie Peterson Endowed Scholarship for the second year in a row.
The scholarship is awarded to students in the HPU School of Art and Design who are studying visual merchandising or interior design and plan to pursue careers in the home furnishings industry.
Established in 2001, the scholarship is named for Wilbert “Bill” Peterson, co-founder of Furniture Today, and his wife, Bonnie. Peterson was highly regarded for his integrity, understanding of the home furnishings industry and contributions through journalism. During his career, he received many industry honors, including the Pillar of the Industry Award, the Distinguished Home Furnishings Journalism Award, and was inducted into the Furniture Writers Hall of Fame.
Odom, a native of Dunwoody, Georgia, is in the honors program and is a student supervisor for the Office of Institutional Advancement’s annual Student Calling Program. She is also a member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and has worked for Bernhardt Furniture at the High Point Furniture Market every spring and fall for three consecutive years.
“I am so grateful to have received this scholarship and for the interior design department in helping me learn the skills that I need to succeed as an interior designer,” says Odom. “I truly feel blessed to have professors that are always willing to help me and challenge me.”
About HPU: At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.® HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South, No. 1 for Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the South. The Princeton Review named HPU in the 2020 edition of “The Best 385 Colleges” and on the Best Southeastern Colleges “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list. HPU was recognized as a Great School for Business Majors and a Great School for Communication Majors. HPU was also recognized for Most Beautiful Campus (No. 18), Best College Dorms (No. 5) and Best Campus Food (No. 20). For nine years in a row, HPU has been named a College of Distinction with special recognition for business and education programs and career development, and The National Council on Teacher Quality ranks HPU’s elementary education program as one of the best in the nation. The university offers 60 undergraduate majors, 64 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. For more information, visit highpoint.edu.
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