Design CoMission


Design CoMission Announces Inaugural Scholarship Winners

June 06, 2022 by LSW Admin

Design CoMission (DC) recently announced the recipients of its inaugural Alumni Scholarships, which award $500 to three DC alumni pursuing a design-related degree during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Our congratulations to Raymond Gwilliam (Spring 2019), Michelle Vu (Spring 2021) and Maryam (Spring 2022) – we are so honored to support you during the next phase of your education.

This announcement lands on an exciting day for the program, which closes its Spring session with final presentations at LSW’s Community Room – for the first time in-person in two years.

For anyone unfamiliar with Design CoMission, this design-focused internship was created in 2014 to inspire and engage the minds, talents and interest of design-minded high-school students. Over the course of a semester, interns explore their skills and interests through a multi-disciplinary project that is focused on issues close to our community.

DC has grown in scope and continues to respond to and reflect the changing needs of the community. In years gone by, students have designed conceptual for Net Zero homes, a social and historic center in collaboration with the National Parks Service and a universally accessible and inclusive playground, among others. True to LSW’s own philosophy that design starts as an exercise of love and service to people, Design CoMission.

“We’re excited to keep raising the for students by offering a program that lets them imagine and create real solutions. It’s important for applicants to know this is a safe space for them to work, explore options and gain experience in in a professional setting with talented and kind people who care deeply about the long-term health and vitality of our communities,” said Kyle Rogers, Design CoMission’s Director.

“The projects we do as a program differ in theme every semester, but the common thread is a desire for positive community impact. It might be focused on sustainability, social and cultural services, access to education, but they are always targeted a creating growth, a greater sense of social justice and strengthening the fabric of our community.”

Applications for DC’s Fall session will open in August. Students from high schools across SW Washington or Portland are eligible for the program and invited to apply. To do so, simply follow this link, where you’ll complete a brief questionnaire and then set an interview time. We look forward to seeing you there!