Interior Design Student Wins National Scholarship

Kate McGoldrick


Kathleen McGoldrick, a student at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, has received a $30,000 scholarship from the Angelo Donghia Foundation, based on her portfolio entry.

“It’s always a pleasure to see our Interior Design students and alumni succeed, and it’s no surprise to see an outstanding student like Kate McGoldrick gain recognition at this stage of her development as a designer,” said Nancy Hackett, Interior Design program co-director.

McGoldrick was one of 16 students nationwide to receive a Donghia Foundation 2008 Student Scholarship in Interior Design. The scholarships are awarded to deserving students entering their senior year in an Interior Design BA program.

“We recommended Kate for the scholarship because of her fine academic performance and because she combines talent and diligence to create spectacular work,” said Karen Clarke, Interior Design program co-director.

Her portfolio consisted of two projects:

  • A design for a LEED-certified corporate interior that an innovative use of space for a theoretical agency. McGoldrick arranged information, consultation and public spaces in a “trade show booth” layout.  This was accomplished through circular free-standing “rooms” within the larger envelope of leased space.  
  • A residential project that turned a four-story Back Bay brownstone into a modern living space through open-space planning and creative graphics. 

A jury of interior designers and editors of design magazines selected McGoldrick's work from among 62 student projects submitted for consideration.

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