Student Scholarships

IESDC Memorial Scholarship

The IES District of Columbia Section Memorial Student Scholarship

Are you a student studying: Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Lighting Design or Electrical Engineering who is attending a higher education institution in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area? Do you have an appreciation for lighting?

To apply, please submit the following:

  •   1 Page essay describing why the applicant deserves this scholarship
  •   1 Letter of recommendation from a professor or professional IES member
  •   Formal letter of request/cover letter with anything applicant wishes to highlight
  •   Resume (please include your school, program of study, and prospective graduation year)
  •   A signed letter of intent to attend the 2020 IESDC Candela Awards

Submit your application to Kristine Delostrinos at [email protected]

The recipient must be available to attend the Candela Awards in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
Winner and first (4) applicants will receive (1) year IES Student membership.


Please refer any questions to [email protected].

The Student Scholarship was renamed in 2019 to honor all those in our community that we’ve lost. Each year, the Scholarship will be announced in honor of either a specific person or in honor of all District of Columbia Section Members who we’ve lost. The 2019 IES District of Columbia Section Memorial Student Scholarship was awarded in honor of Candy M. Kling, sponsored by CM Kling + Associates, and Michael B. Klein, sponsored by Jesco.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student who demonstrates continued interest in the art and science of illumination.

Past Scholarship Recipients

  • Dinara Rustamova, George Mason University (2019)
  • Lily Hoffman, George Washington University, The Corcoran School of Art & Design (2018)
  • Tuyen Dyer (Honorable Mention), Virginia Commonwealth University (2018)
  • Jojo Rapipong, Marymount University (2017)
  • Brianne Beal, The George Washington University (2016)
  • Karen Purifoy, The George Washington University (2015)
  • Sharece Hall, The George Washington University (2014)
  • Redeit Admassie, The George Washington University (2013)
  • Rosemarie Kasperson, The George Washington University (2012)
  • Victoria Owings, Marymount University (2011)
  • Stephen D. Ramos, The George Washington University (2010)
  • Marissa Julien, Marymount University (2009)
  • Alex Klein, son of Michael B. Klein (2008)
Candy M. Kling
Candy M. Kling

It is fitting that we are able to honor Candy and Michael together, as they had the two most recognizable laughs in the industry. Thankfully for those of us who knew them we were able to hear them quite often. Often overlooked is Candy’s ability to teach and mentor. Many of her one time junior employees continue to have thriving careers in lighting design. She was an amazing one on one educator, making certain that you understood the reason behind the design. And never forgetting that an important part of design is instinct and having a little fun. She also made it possible to give back. Not only encouraging but almost requiring her staff to participate in the IES and IALD.
—David Ghatan

Michael B. Klein
Michael B. Klein

Michael never claimed perfection and his eccentrics brought more attention to his world. His full head of white hair coupled with his bow ties and his eclectic combination of colors brought spontaneity and joy to all of us. And these simple yet significant ways presented a synergy of energy for all of us. And these eccentrics brought Michael to the forefront in planning and acting out the annual progress report to the IES. Only Michael could pull this off and be loved by all.
—Frank Florentine