The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education is an endowment fund in support of college-level programs that inspire students with an understanding of light in architecture. Each year, the Fund solicits proposals from colleges and universities for innovative educational ideas consistent with the Fund’s objectives, and awards grants after rigorous review. We invite you to learn more about the Nuckolls Fund’s mission as you read through this web site.


August, 2015

August, 2015

C & C Lighting received a $20,000 grant.  Cindy Limauro and Christopher Popowich will continue to develop and deliver a series of four workshops for both faculty and students at schools of architecture in the United States.  This is an extension of grants given in both 2013 and 2014 to Carnegie Mellon University.

Mississippi State University received a $20,000 grant.  Robin Carroll and William Reihm will develop and deliver a new course in lighting to be called “Integrated Lighting Solutions”.  This course will be the start of a new interdisciplinary effort across the four academic units of interior design, architecture, building construction science, and industrial and system engineering.

The $5,000 Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award was given to Stephen Finney from Parsons The New School for Design.  The $5,000 Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award was given to Arpan Guha from India who is studying at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

This year for the first time, two $5,000 Designers Lighting Forum of New York Student Awards were given by The Nuckolls Fund.  The recipients were Craig Casey from Penn State University and Charles Jarboe from the Lighting Research Center at RPI.

Frank Conti and Fred Oberkircher retired from the Board of Directors this year.  Jim Panichella of International Lights Inc. in New York City and Katherine Ankerson of Kansas State University will join the Board of Directors to fill the two vacant positions.


The Nuckolls Fund has continued to update its website at and has become a substantial resource for educational materials. There are eight teaching modules on the site and the proceedings from the IES Symposium “Light+Seniors: A Vision for the Future”.  There are also three videos of the work done by Cindy Limauro during the lighting design workshops she has developed over the last two years.

All are available at no charge.


February 6, 2016:

February 6, 2016:
2016 RFPs due.  To submit an application, see Grants & Awards. Please email all submissions here.

April, 2016

April 26, 2016
Nuckolls Fund Annual Luncheon, San Diego Convention Center in San Diego CA.

Jeffrey Milham, President of The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, will announce the recipients of the 2016 annual grants and awards programs.


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