NHIA Announces Stibler Associates Scholarship

Jennifer Robertson on 03.14.18

NHIA Announces Stibler Associates Design Scholarship

Manchester, NH (March 14, 2018) – The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) in partnership with Stibler Associates is pleased to announce the Stiber Associates Design Scholarship. The scholarship honors the importance of design, and represents a long-term commitment by both NHIA and Stibler Associates to support the next generation of talented young designers by offering them both financial assistance and professional mentorship as they work to expand the role of creativity in the workplace and our communities.

The Stibler Associates Design Scholarship was established in honor of company founder, Phyllis L. Stibler, long a champion of excellence in design, civic engagement and creativity. The scholarship will provide support to an up-and-coming senior design student who embodies these same qualities.

Stibler Associates’ mission is to design and create environments that enhance work, healing, aging, recreation and learning with the highest level of integrity and aesthetics. This work ethic is what they hope to pass on to future designers and why they chose to establish a scholarship specific to design students.

“The best way to commemorate our founder’s 45-year design career and our own leadership transition is through the nurturing of the next generation of artists and designers,” noted Stibler Associates’ president Genella McDonald.

 “We’re honored that Stibler Associates has chosen to partner with NHIA and support one of our many deserving design students,” said NHIA president Kent Devereaux. “Phyllis’ commitment to good design coupled with her company’s passion for fostering the next generation of designers will positively contribute to the lives of so many NHIA design students in years to come.”

The New Hampshire Institute of Art, a non-profit, independent college offering Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in the arts, design, and creative writing, celebrates its 120th anniversary this year. Located in downtown Manchester the college enrolls students from 26 different states and four foreign countries.

In a resounding show of support for the legacy that Phyllis Stibler has imparted upon the design community in New England, the Stiber Associates Design Scholarship was made possible through many generous donors including eight legacy business contributors. These leading businesses include McLane Middleton, Eastern Bank, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Farley White Interests, Northeast Planning Associates, St. Mary’s Bank, Riverstone Resources and Howe, Riley & Howe.

Scholarship Criteria

The Stibler Associates Design Scholarship will provide support annually to one undergraduate design student during their final year of study at NHIA. Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled at NHIA as a junior (i.e., a rising senior) pursuing a degree in design
  • Has maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrates a commitment to community outreach
  • Embodies the values of honesty, respect, fairness, and kindness

Each year, the Chair(s) of NHIA’s Design departments will nominate deserving design students. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies will select the final recipient. All scholarship funds will be applied to the student’s senior year tuition and fees.


About Stibler Associates

Stibler Associates, LLC Space Planning and Interior Design is based in Bedford, NH and provides services to corporations across the United States and the UK. Established over 35 years ago, the staff of 10 professionals has been involved with signature projects including the IDEXX Laboratories campus, Westbrook ME, Curriculum Associates, Billerica MA, and the Glen House Hotel, Gorham NH currently in construction.


About the New Hampshire Institute of Art

The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is the oldest and largest non-profit arts institution in New Hampshire, founded in 1898 and today offering undergraduate (BFA, Dual Degree BFA/MAT), graduate (MFA, MAT), and community education programs (Youth Arts, Pre-College, Community Education, and Professional Development) serving almost 2,000 students annually on campuses in Manchester and Sharon/Peterborough, New Hampshire.

We are a tight-knit community of creative thinkers, artists, designers, writers, and art educators who use the power of our creativity to transform the community around us. We are a haven for students at every stage of their artistic journey, a place where artists can explore possibilities without fear and engage with people and experiences that will shape them and their future.

NHIA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NHIA is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).