The Lesley Wheel Memorial Scholarship was founded to encourage students to pursue studies in lighting with a firm understanding of how to work with light. Lesley Wheel began her career in theater at Bryn Mawr College, then transitioned to architectural lighting at Hilton Hotels. Lesley was the first woman to establish a fulltime practice in architectural lighting design, she was a founding member, past president and fellow of The International Association of Lighting Designers and a fellow of the IESNA.
The Lesley Wheel Memorial Scholarship encourages students to pursue a career in lighting with a better understanding of how to manipulate light. Students must design and build a functioning fixture that meets a loose set of criteria. Fixtures are then judged on aesthetics, performance, and clarity of concept.