Student Scholarship

Michael B. Klein Memorial Student Scholarship

Seeking local higher education students looking for more knowledge in lighting.


Are you a student studying Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Lighting Design or Electrical Engineering who is attending a higher education Institution in the Metropolitan Washington Area? Do you have an appreciation for Lighting? 

The Illuminating Engineering Society, District of Columbia Section, is now accepting applications for the annual Michael B. Klein Scholarship. 

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates continued interest in the art and science of lighting.  

To apply, please submit the following:

  • 1 page essay describing why applicant deserves this scholarship
  • 1 letter of recommendation from professor or professional IES member
  • Formal letter of request / cover letter with anything applicant wishes to highlight (please include your school and program of study)
  • Signed letter of intent to attend the 2018 Candela Awards

Applicants should submit applications to Craig Luxenberg at and Guiulianna Constantini at

Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 11, 2018 by 5:30pm.  Recipient must be available to attend the Candela Awards event on Thursday, June 7th, 2018.

Laugh, for life is short.
— Frank Florentine
Meanwhile be aware that without light, it is not possible to visually appreciate the architecture of the space you occupy.


Michael B. Klein epitomized membership in the Illuminating Engineering Society.  He passed away October 21, 2007. 

The District of Columbia Section of the IES established the scholarship in his memory to continue his legacy of education for the lighting professional.  

Past Recipients

2008 | Alex Klein, son of Michael B. Klein
2009 | Marissa Julien, Marymount University
2010 | Stephen D. Ramos, The George Washington University
2011 | Victoria Owings, Marymount University
2012 | Rosemarie Kasperson, The George Washington University
2013 | Redeit Admassie, The George Washington University
2014 | Sharece Hall, The George Washington University
2015 | Karen Purifoy, The George Washington University
2016 | Brianne Beal, The George Washington University
2017 | Jojo Rapipong, Marymount University
2018 | Lily Hoffman (1st place,) George Washington University
- The Corcoran School of Art & Design
2018 | Tuyen Dyer (Honorable Mention,) Virginia Commonwealth University

My good friend Michael Klein left the room this past Sunday. You could tell he left because his laugh, that St. Nick laugh that everyone enjoyed, fell silent. No one can match it but maybe we should.

Michael enjoyed life to the fullest. He would laugh at your jokes and he would make fun with everyone. And when the room fell silent Michael brought out another raucous laugh. And everyone enjoyed hearing Michael laugh again.

His serious side knew many avenues. He understood lighting and he mastered electrical codes and could analyze any situation to the nth degree. He seemed comfortable lecturing about life safety and what is needed and about the National Electrical Code and what it means. All the time, he would make you feel at ease and help you understand all of this. Perhaps his teaching in the Montessori system helped. Or perhaps his singing in the chorus made a difference. He just enjoyed life and its many avenues.

Michael never claimed perfection. His eccentrics brought more attention to his world. His full head of white hair, hair which I watched over 32 years change eloquently, coupled with his bow ties and his eclectic combination of colors brought spontaneity and joy to all of us. And these simple yet significant ways presented a synergy of energy for all of us. And these eccentrics brought Michael to the forefront in planning and acting out the annual progress report to the IES. Only Michael could pull this off and be loved by all.

He cherished his family. When his son, whom he nicknamed Bubba, entered his life, Michael nurtured and cared for him and brought him to IES events. And when Michael sometimes got lost trying to find an IES meeting with his family, he made the mis turn into an adventure for them to enjoy.

My friend of 32 years, Michael Klein, left the room Sunday, October 21. Interestingly, that’s the anniversary of the Edison Light Bulb. So, heaven, if you are wondering who is that laughing from the soul in the back of the room and why is that light bulb still burning brightly, ask no more. It is Michael. Enjoy his laugh for the ages.
— Frank Florentine (2007/10/24)