DALLAS, TX-- Daltile, in conjunction with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, is pleased to announce Jessica Sapinoso as the winner of the third annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship. As the grand-prize winner of the competition, Sapinoso was presented with a $10,000 scholarship at NeoCon 2014 to continue her education in the field of interior design. Sapinoso’s winning design was on display at NeoCon 2014, where she was present as Daltile’s guest of honor. First-, second- and third-prize winners each received a $2,500 scholarship, and 10 merit winners received a $1,000 scholarship each, for a total of $27,500 in scholarships awarded.Daltile Interior Design Scholarship

"On behalf of Daltile and the ASID Foundation, we congratulate Jessica Sapinoso on winning the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship," said Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president, brand marketing, Dal-Tile Corporation. "Once again, students from around the country rose up to our design challenge, demonstrating that the future of interior design is bright indeed. We feel confident that Jessica, the runners up and merit winners, are once again shining examples of what the next generation of interior designers has to offer."

This year’s design challenge, titled "Operation Renovation," was to transform an outdated space in dire need of a renovation. Renovations and remodels are common in today’s marketplace, and Daltile sought to provide students with a real-world design experience. Entries were judged on the space’s function, aesthetic and creative use of Daltile’s newest product offerings to bring each student’s vision to life.

Sapinoso wasn’t always sure interior design was the path she wanted to take, but she said that winning the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship reaffirmed her passion. A student at California State University in Sacramento, CA, she found inspiration in a favorite study spot just off campus, called Tupelo Coffee House. Using Daltile collections, including Forest Park™ ColorBody™ Porcelain, Imagica™ ColorBody™ Porcelain and Color Wave™ Mosaic Tile, Sapinoso transformed the tired coffee shop into a more functional, yet aesthetically pleasing space.

"The ASID Foundation is proud to participate with Daltile in awarding scholarships to Jessica Sapinoso and these other worthy young designers," said Randy Fiser, executive vice president and CEO, ASID. "Education and scholarships are prime objectives of the ASID Foundation, and the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship program enables us to address both while leveraging a valued partnership."

The grand prize winner, three finalists and 10 merit scholarship winners were selected by Daltile with the help of a panel of industry experts, including Charrisse Johnston, ASID, LEED AP BD+C; Associate AIA, Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC; Erika Templeton, Editorial Director, Interiors & Sources; and Kia Weatherspoon, Allied ASID, Determined by Design.

This year’s top scholarship recipients are:

  • Grand Prize: $10,000 Scholarship Winner: Jessica Sapinoso, California State University, Sacramento
  • First Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Amber Richter Ferguson, Student ASID, Southwest University of Visual Arts
  • Second Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Tracy Cagle Manuel, Louisiana State University
  • Third Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Caitlin McKay Lindley, Student ASID, Utah State University