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Past Scholarship Recipients - Where Are They Now?

WMIA’s Educational Foundation awards scholarships yearly to help students continue their education in the woodworking industry. Below are brief summaries showcasing what some of our scholarship recipients are up to now.

If you have been awarded a WMIA Scholarship in the past and would like to share your story, please email Jody Allen at jallen@wmia.org

Mitch Beaverson
2014 Scholarship Recipient
Mitch graduated in May 2018 from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in construction management. While in his senior year of college, he officially started his woodworking business– Beaverson Custom Cabinetry. When he started his business, Mitch knew that there would be a huge learning curve. So far, he’s learned something new with every project.

Jake Czaja
2017 Scholarship Recipient
Jake graduated from the New England School of Architectural Woodworking in 2018. He currently is employed with Sackrey Construction, a company based out of western Massachusetts. Sackrey Construction mainly handles residential work with some commercial remodeling.  Although the work Jake does at Sackrey is more carpentry and remodeling than cabinetry, he finds his cabinetry skills quite useful and believes they have made him a better overall woodworker.

Chase Eller
2014, 2015, & 2016 Scholarship Recipient
Chase Eller graduated from Pittsburg State University in the Spring of 2017. Currently, he works at Advanced Fixtures, Inc. as a Draftsman. As a Draftsman, Chase produces shop and part drawings to send to the shop, submits drawings to send to the client, and writes programs for the CNC machines.

Sam Galliart
2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 Scholarship Recipient
Sam graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2017 with a degree in Wood Technology, and then received his Masters in Technology in 2019.  He now works in Holland, Michigan at World Class Prototypes where his primary roles are doing CAD design, CAM programming, and running a 5 axis CNC router.

Hunter Morrison
2013 Scholarship Recipient
Hunter graduated from Pittsburg State University with a B.S. in 2014 and with an M.S. in 2015. He currently works for High Country in the architectural millwork industry as a Lead Engineer.

Michael Morrissey
2013 & 2014 Scholarship Recipient
Michael graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2015. He currently works at High Country Millwork where he has been a Lead Engineer for the past two years. As a Lead Engineer, Michael is responsible for determining the design details on the job, holding Engineers responsible for producing drawings and coordinating site conditions with drawing details. He’s currently transitioning into an Buyer II position where he will be responsible for buying commodity goods for the company.

Brett Stickler
2013, 2014, & 2015 Scholarship Recipient
Brett graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Wood Technology and a minor in Business Administration. Since then, he has been in estimating and sales for Cohen Architectural Woodworking, LLC. As part of his estimating and sales responsibilities, Brett creates project specific bids and is active in bringing in new clients. He’s grateful to reside in the quaint Midwest town of St. James, MO with his lovely wife, Emily, and their two dogs.

Thomas W. Tuck III
2006 & 2007 Scholarship Recipient
Thomas graduated from Appalachian State University in 2008 with a degree in B.S. Furniture Manufacturing and Design and a B.S. in Business Management. Currently he works at CR Onsrud, in Troutman, NC, as a Regional Manager, helping companies in the Woodworking, Furniture, Aerospace, and Fabrication. His primary job roles consist of working with manufacturers by providing and implementing CNC technology to help in their manufacturing process.

Mark Welle
2014, 2015, & 2016 Scholarship Recipient
Mark graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2016. Mark works at Okoboji High School as the Industrial Technology teacher and is also growing his own company, Welle Woodworking. At Okoboji, he teaches AutoCad and three Furniture/Cabinetry classes to freshmen through seniors. At Welle Woodworking, he wears all of the hats. He is currently acquiring the necessary machinery to build custom furniture, cabinetry/millwork, and any other wood components.