• Cindy W. Hodnett

WithIt Scholarship Foundation receives $30K donation

Heritage Home Group Charitable Trust awards $30,000 to help fund scholarships

The $30,000 award from Heritage Home Group will be used to fund scholarships.Heritage Home Group Charitable Trust has awarded $30,000 to WithIt
HIGH POINT — WithIt’s Scholarship Foundation received a $30,000 donation from Heritage Home Group Charitable Trust in honor of the organization’s 20th anniversary.

WithIt, the women’s leadership development network for the home and furnishings industries, will grant 20 scholarships this year to students and professional women in the industry to further their education. This marks the second consecutive year that HHG’s Charitable Trust has contributed a major bequest to the WithIt’s scholarship foundation.

Laura Holland and HHG’s WithIt members recently presented the check to WithIt’s Managing Director Amy Van Dorp and Development Director Cathy Smith.

“HHG is proud to once again be able to partner with the WithIt team to grant scholarships to deserving recipients with a passion for the home and furnishings industry,” said Laura Holland, vice president of marketing for HHG.

“In celebration of our 20th Anniversary year, WithIt set out to accomplish some very exciting goals, one being to award scholarships to 20 recipients this year,” said 2017 WithIt President Dorian Stacy Sims. “With the generosity and support of this wonderful contribution from HHG, we will successfully reach one of our goals and positively impact the lives of others that share a desire to strengthen our industry.”

Since its inception in 1998, WithIt’s foundation has awarded more than$80,000 in tuition scholarships to qualified young women and men in universities across the U.S. pursuing majors that impact the home and furnishings industries. Along with a tuition scholarship, students receive an all-expense paid trip to WithIt’s annual professional conference which affords them the opportunity to meet and network with women from the industry and build upon skills they can use in their pursuit of a career within the industry.

WithIt was formed in 1997 for women in the home and furnishings industries in order to support their multi-dimensional career paths. The non-profit network is based in North Carolina and supported by leading companies across the industry including their platinum sponsors International Market Centers and Heritage Home Group. WithIt’s purpose is to encourage and develop leadership, mentoring, education and networking opportunities for professional women in the home and furnishings industries.

Cindy HodnettCindy W. Hodnett | Upholstery/Style Editor

As the Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture/Today, I spend my work hours studying the sloping curves of sofa frames, the intricacies of fabric and the nail head trim and button accents that function as jewelry on a piece of upholstery. I research the companies that bring these things together for retailers, and ultimately consumers, and interview industry leaders about their business strategies and where they think furniture is heading in the future. And when traveling, I provide a sneak peek at what I'm seeing, whether at international markets or in High Point or Las Vegas.

I look forward to sharing what I see and I hope you'll feel free to do the same. Email me at chodnett@furnituretoday.com or follow me on Twitter @CynthiaWHodnett.

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