Nadine Eltalkhawi of Marlboro, NJ, was named the winner of the Steven Levy and Pat Montalbano Emerging Professionals Scholarship Fund by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID NJ) on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Eltalkhawi, a student in the Honors Program at Berkeley College, in Woodland Park, NJ, will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design in May.
The award was presented to Eltalkhawi by Reyna Dominguez, Marketing Account Executive, Sherwin Williams, and Tammy Bolden, Principal and Owner, Bold Interior Designs, LLC, during a virtual Round Table discussion hosted by Design NJ Magazine for more than 60 attendees. The scholarship provides Eltalkhawi with two years of membership to ASID NJ, a national organization that advances the field of interior design and facilitates professional development for its affiliates.
“Thank you so much, it’s such a blessing,” said Eltalkhawi. “I would not be where I am without ASID. I really love this organization.”
Eltalkhawi said she has been inspired by the various cultural influences she received living in different parts of the United States, and abroad in Egypt and Qatar. She describes her design style as an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern, Victorian and Scandinavian influences.
“We are very excited to be connecting with a new emerging professional. We welcome you (to ASID NJ),” said Dominguez in her opening remarks during the award presentation. “Just know that we are here for you not only as industry partners, but as friends to guide you into your next steps.”
A Dream Not Deferred, Thanks to Berkeley College and ASID NJ
Eltalkhawi first fell in love with interior design after discovering the HGTV network as a child. She said she almost gave up on her dreams as a result of the pandemic.
“There was a point where I lost hope … I doubted myself and aspirations and lost a lot of motivation during the pandemic. Finding an internship was really difficult,” said Eltalkhawi.
Thanks to a recommendation from her instructor at Berkeley College, Jeffery McCullough, who serves as Chair of ASID NJ’s Student Affairs Committee, Eltalkhawi secured an internship with DRP Interiors in Franklin Lakes, NJ, during her final semester in January 2021. She now works full-time as a designer with the firm. DRP Interiors assists residential clients and is an eight-time winner of the ASID Design Excellence Award.
“Being an active member of ASID and part of the New Jersey design community put Nadine where she needed to be to seize the chance to continue to participate in the organization post-graduation as an emerging designer. I am confident Nadine will be a valuable member of the design profession,” said McCullough.
“Having people by my side, especially professors who are so understanding, helped me and my classmates get through this pandemic,” said Eltalkhawi.
With the support she received from Berkeley College faculty and her peers, Eltalkhawi said she looks forward to a fruitful career in a burgeoning field.
Berkeley College celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2021. The theme commemorating this milestone is “Empowering Lives for 90 Years!” Visit the 90th Anniversary webpage for more information.
Photo Caption: Nadine Eltalkhawi of Marlboro, NJ, who will be graduating from Berkeley College in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, was awarded the Steven Levy and Pat Montalbano Emerging Professionals Scholarship by the NJ Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID NJ) on April 28, 2021.
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