Bill Farnan Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest

National Kitchen and Bath Association – Northern New Jersey Chapter


March 18, 2019

Dear Counselor/Educator:

The North Jersey Chapter of National Kitchen and Bath Association is once again conducting a Scholarship Essay Contest for high school Seniors who wish to pursue a career in design. 

The National Kitchen and Bath Association, is an industry association comprised of kitchen and bath professionals, industry partners including suppliers and fabricators and educators who are dedicated to promoting the Kitchen and Bath Industry and educating its members to become better through continuing education and community involvement.

NKBA Mission Statement

Through the creation of marketplaces, networks, and certifications.  NKBA will inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry.

The Mission Statement for the NKBA can be found on the National website,  A copy of the application for scholarship can be found on our local website at

Our local chapter, NKBA Northern New Jersey (NKBANNJ) pays tribute each year to one of our late members, who had enriched our chapter immeasurably. This man, Bill Farnan, is honored every year by NKBANNJ with a memorial golf outing. The purpose of this outing is three-fold: to honor a man we all admired and respected; to enjoy a day out with our colleagues in the fresh air; and, most importantly, to raise funds for educational scholarships for motivated students inspired to seek a higher degree in the area of design.

Design is an ever evolving field that touches areas of study such as architecture, landscape design, interior design, kitchen and bathroom design, fashion design, industrial or graphic design and helps shape today’s trends that will become tomorrow’s way of life. Honing in on the creativity along with being taught the technical knowledge to design for a purpose is the way that designers are now being trained. Future design students will have the knowledge and creative exposure to shape the way that we live and work in years to come.

To that end, we endeavor to introduce students to the career possibilities and are currently awarding three (3) scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to deserving students. Enclosed please find applications and instructions to be distributed to Juniors and Seniors who may be interested in the field of design, and would be willing to submit an essay on “How design has changed the world and inspired me”.

Please make sure that those students follow the application instructions specifically and return the application and required documents to the address below no later than May 17, 2019. An incomplete application, not following the procedures as outlined will be ineligible. Please make as many copies of the enclosed forms as necessary to distribute among your students and please post this copy on your school’s website for students looking to attend a degree in one of the areas of design.

The winners will be recognized at the NKBANNJ Chapter dinner meeting on the evening of Tuesday June 11, 2019. The award winning students and their parents or guardians will attend the dinner as guests of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of NKBA.

We have been conducting our student essay contest since 2007.  The names of past winners can be found on our Website, under Education, Scholarship Recipients. 

Thank you for your assistance in sharing this information with your students. Again we ask that you add this scholarship letter to your High School Guidance website as well as the Naviance website for all students to read. When adding to Naviance, please highlight the end date (May 17, 2019) for the scholarship entries as we had many late entries previously.

I invite you to contact me via phone or email with any questions.


Debbie Kerr, CKD

NKBANNJ – President

c/o Jaeger Lumber

1238 Valley Road

Stirling, NJ 07980

(o) 908-626-1047

[email protected]


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