HIGH POINT, N.C.–The American Home Furnishings Alliance Furniture Foundation has awarded more than $64,000 in grants for projects to benefit the furniture industry.
For 2009, the foundation will present Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., $24,000 to fund eight $3,000 scholarships to participants in a five-year program that combines curriculum from the Department of Technology’s Furniture Industry Studies and the Walker College of Business. In addition to an undergraduate degree in furniture manufacturing, students earn a marketing or management degree.
The foundation also awarded $20,000 to North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, N.C., to purchase two SolidWorks 3D mechanical CAD software packages.
Finally, a $20,150 grant was awarded to the American Furniture Hall of Fame to preserve previously recorded and transcribed oral interviews from industry leaders. The interviews presently are recorded on fragile, aging cassette tapes, which will be converted to digital recordings.
The foundation was established in 1948 to support research and educational programs aimed at improving management, manufacturing and marketing within the residential furniture industry. Since 1990, the foundation has distributed more than $3 million in scholarships and grants.