Scholarship Committee

Chair and Board Liaison:
Caleb McKenzie, US Lighting Consultants

Addison Kelly, US Lighting Consultants
Pete Jacobson, Con Edison
Stephen Bernstein, CBB Lighting Design
Mike Barr, Lutron


The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) will award a merit-based, single year scholarship to recognize and support potential future leaders in the field of architectural lighting.

The Scholarship
The monetary value of the scholarship is $25,000. In addition, the scholarship award includes acceptance into an exclusive mentorship program with the IESNYC that offers valuable opportunities to interact and collaborate with professionals in the architectural lighting industry. The scholarship review panel reserves the option to divide the award into a maximum of 2 equal parts, should they conclude there are two candidates who are equally deserving.

1. Applicant must be a permanent resident of the United States, or holder of a US Student F-1 Visa.
2. Applicant must be currently enrolled in their first year of a lighting program - in a full-time graduate program as a degree candidate in the field of architectural lighting, at an accredited college/university in New York State.

Selection and Notification
The final selection will be judged anonymously by a scholarship review panel. Their decision shall be final. Candidates will be notified of the selection in April 2021. Funds will be distributed shortly thereafter. The committee will not return submitted essays or materials.

Online application deadline is Monday, March 8, 2021. Applicant’s “Letter of Recommendation” must be received via email, no later than Monday, March 8, 2021. Any materials received after that date will be disqualified.


Application Requirements
Applicant must complete an online application by Monday, March 8, 2021.

Below is a summary of what is needed:
• Your Contact Information, Current School and Degree Program Information, and US Resident Status
• An Uploaded Essay (refer to below for additional information)

PLEASE NOTE: Applicant must also request a “Letter of Recommendation," written by a professional administrator who has supervised the applicant in a practical or work-related position. Letter should include a response to the following question: Why do you believe this candidate has strong leadership potential? Letter of Recommendation must be emailed directly from the professional administrator to [email protected] by Monday, March 8, 2021. Recommendations forwarded from the applicant will not be considered.

Upload on the online application your essay (in PDF format, and no more than two pages, max 10MB). When composing your essay please consider the following questions:
1. What inspired you to pursue your studies in the field of architectural lighting and energy?
2. What does leadership mean to you and how have you demonstrated leadership amongst your peers or community?
3. How do you think that receiving the IESNYC Merit Scholarship, and the associated benefits, will enhance your pursuit of a career in the architectural lighting field?
4. Why do you believe you are a candidate for the IESNYC Merit Scholarship?

Where to Send
Online application can be submitted using the button above. We strongly recommend you have all information ready before starting this online application. You will not be able to return to complete or revise your submission after it is submitted.

Letters of Recommendation must be emailed directly from the professional administrator to
[email protected]. Recommendations forwarded from the applicant will not be considered.