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Former instructor donates scholarship fund to design students

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:05 PDT, Tue August 4, 2020

Interior design students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University now have access to a new scholarship thanks to a former faculty member.

Sandy Fraser is donating $5,000 annually to the student with the highest grade point average for design students over four years at the university. It recognizes an interior design student who demonstrates research, experimentation and creative problem-solving skills to achieve forward-thinking and innovative solutions. 

Until now, there was never a specific award for interior design students at Kwantlen—a gap Fraser noticed during her 10 years teaching there.

“I started this endowment to give back to the design community,” says Fraser. “I have always been impassioned by design and the opportunity to improve people’s lives by never settling for ‘just good enough’ design. This opportunity became an obsession until recently when I was finally able to make it happen.”

The first recipient, Alexa Ketilson, completed her Bachelor of Interior Design degree in April. She said the award would help her relieve the burden of debt as she starts her career.

“We are grateful to Sandy Fraser for this generous gift for our students. She has been a valuable part of the KPU and Wilson School of Design family, guiding students on their education journey and now she continues to help those students financially and in celebration of design excellence,” says Wilson School of Design dean Andhra Goundrey.

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