Scholarships for Woodworking Manufacturing Students

Application deadline is February 3, 2016!!

Are you a student who is studying, or interested in studying, woodworking in college? WMIA is here to help. Every year, we give out college scholarships to students who want to study wood technology, machinery, and related fields.
 
The WMIA Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for its scholarship program. The Foundation provides scholarships for talented and worthy students seeking careers in wood technology, machinery and related fields.
 
Take the first step: download the scholarship application!

ELIGIBILITY
Any student or college-bound individual is eligible to apply. Scholarship candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before July 1 of the year in which they will use the scholarship. They must have sufficient academic records to be accepted by an accredited college, junior college, or technical institute. Students already in college are also eligible to apply.

There are no restrictions based upon the employment status or the sex, race, creed, or nationality of the candidate. Previous winners are eligible for a second award.
 
SELECTION
Academic success, interest, special abilities, and other factors are considered by judges to select their choice of scholarship recipients. Judges will give special consideration to candidates who plan careers in wood technology and related fields. The Board of Trustees for the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association Educational Foundation, Inc. judges all candidates.

APPLICATION
The scholarship applicant must complete a Scholarship Application Form and mail it, along with attachments, to the WMIA Educational Foundation. The attachments which must accompany the completed form are:
  • A one-page letter telling us about your future aspirations and what qualifies you as a WMIA scholarship candidate.
  • A transcript of grades and credits through the most recent grading period (high school applicants) or transcripts covering a minimum of the previous two scholastic years.
  • A letter of recommendation from an employer or other professional with whom you have worked.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, or other educational professional.

The completed Scholarship Application form, with attachments, must be received by WMIA no later than February 3, 2016.

 

SCHOLARSHIP FUND CONTRIBUTIONS
The WMIA Educational Foundation is supported by contributions from business groups and individuals in the woodworking industry, and by the International Woodworking Fair. Contributions can be accepted at any time and in any amount, and are tax deductible. Appreciated stocks, bonds, and property should be considered for donation purposes. Consult your accountant or financial counselor to determine the best personal and business contribution for you.

WMIA recognizes major contributors to the educational foundation with a special engraved plaque at the annual Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC). Major contributors are those persons, companies, or organizations contributing a one-time or total donation of $1,500 or more. Contributions can be made in recognition of special events or in memory of deceased friends. Single contributions of $25,000 or more will be honored by an annual scholarship named after the contributor.


2015 Scholarship Winners

Chase Eller
Sam Galliart
Jonathan Hamilton
Tyler Knobbe
Caitlyn Moss
Moriah Ross
Ezra Schier
Brett Stickler

Mark Jay Welle


Chase Eller
Chase Eller

My name is Chase Eller and I just completed my sophomore year at Pittsburg State University studying Wood Technology. I have always enjoyed making things with my hands and ended up taking woodshop my freshman year in high school. I enjoyed it so much, I ended up taking all of the classes available. I worked for Pin, Inc. before college, interned at Brochsteins in Houston, TX last summer, and am interning with AFI this summer. I really enjoy both the Primary Wood Industry and Secondary Wood Industry, so it is hard to tell which career path I would like to follow. I really appreciate WMIA for giving me the support I need to continue my education in the wood industry.





Sam GalliartSam Galliart

I am currently enrolled as a junior at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS.  Here at Pittsburg State I am working on completing my Bachelors of Science in Technology with an emphasis in Wood Product Manufacturing.  I first found my love for woodworking while attending Hutchinson High School.  While there, I took woodshop, which ultimately inspired me to pursue a career path in the wood industry. I am very thankful for all of the industry support given to the wood technology program here at Pittsburg State University.  This program would not be the same without it.  I look forward to continuing my education in the field of wood technology and would like to say a big thank you to WMIA for the honor of being named a recipient of this scholarship!





Jonathan HamiltonJonathan Hamilton

Jonathan Hamilton is a junior at Pittsburg State University (PSU) majoring in Wood Technology with a minor in Graphic and Imaging Technologies. Jonathan has a GPA of 3.86. While attending PSU, Jonathan has been an active member in the SAW (Society of Architectural Woodworkers) Club and volunteers his time with Lambda Sigma National Honor Society community service projects. In high school, Jonathan completed advanced woodworking classes in Mill & Cabinet Making at the Dale Jackson Career Center.  During his junior year, Jonathan was a member of a three-person team who earned a 2nd place finish with their project at the 2012 WoodLINKS USA ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture contest at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, Georgia.  Jonathan attributes his participation in this contest as the deciding factor in his decision to pursue a degree in Wood Technology at PSU. Jonathan is working at an internship this summer with Cohen Architectural Woodworking in St. James, Missouri.  This internship will provide him with experience designing and building custom cabinets and millwork for healthcare, schools, hotels, retail and offices.


Tyler KnobbeTyler Knobbe
I am a student that is currently attending Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota.  I am going into my second and final year of the Woodworking Technology program.  I attended North Branch Senior High School taking a few woodworking classes my freshman and senior year and found the classes to be very interesting.  However, I wasn’t able to take as many as I wish I would have, because at the time I was pursuing a career in Architecture.  I have been to a few different colleges studying different topics and finally settling at Hennepin Tech.  I am more than enjoying myself in the program always eager to learn as much new information as I possibly can.  I am currently interning at a custom cabinet shop for the summer so that I don’t forget the information that I just learned from the previous year.  I look forward to continuing my education next fall and want to thank the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association for the amazing opportunity.

 



Caitlyn MossCaitlyn Moss
Caitlyn Moss is a designer currently surviving extreme weather conditions in Cleveland, Ohio. An industrial design student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, she specializes in product and furniture design with an emphasis of sustainability in a majority of her designs. In her spare time, she heads the Industrial Designers Society of America’s Cleveland Institute of Art student chapter where she plans and executes workshops, fundraisers, and conferences spreading knowledge. As a designer, Caitlyn is interested in simplicity within design. She believes in good design, not excess design. She feels every object, whether mass-produced or not, should have intellectual design as a foundation.






Moriah RossMoriah Ross
Moriah Ross grew up on a farm south of the small town of Meade, KS. There she lives with her parents John and Jo Ross and her sisters Kimberly and Breanna. Moriah enjoys spending her time outdoors, with animals, and working with her hands. Moriah has put her education as a priority in her life. For her hard work she has received the honor of being ranked third in her high school graduating class of 2015 and has been presented with the Kansas Honors Program award. Moriah has worked at Meade State Park for four summers. During the school years Moriah worked at Meade Thriftway her sophomore year and Home Lumber her junior and senior year. During her high school career Moriah was active in several clubs. These include National Honors Society, Kayettes, Science Club, and SkillsUSA. While competing at state in SkillsUSA, Moriah placed second in Architectural Drafting. Throughout her high school years Moriah was in a Shop class. In this class she designed and made two projects: an antique fishing lure display case and a 3D tree jewelry box, both made of solid oak. Moriah will attend Pittsburg State University and major in Wood Technology. Moriah plans to graduate from Pitt State and go into the work field for a few years and then teach Wood Technology in a high school or college setting.


Ezra SchierEzra Schier
Ezra Schier is in his final year as a student at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Oshkosh, WI. During his time at FVTC, he has completed the Residential Building Construction Certificate Program. While studying to complete his Wood Manufacturing Technology Certificate, Ezra has worked as a Student Intern and teaching assistant for the Residential Building Construction program. Upon completion of the Wood Manufacturing Technology program, I will begin work at a local architectural millwork and cabinetry company called Timber Innovations. I am very excited to begin my career in the woodworking industry.


Brett SticklerBrett Stickler
I am starting my senior year at Pittsburg State University where I major in Wood Technology and minor in Business Administration. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last three years of school and I am looking forward to completing my degree. Upon graduation, I hope to find a job in production management where I can continue to learn and apply my education. Thank you WMIA for investing in me!











Mark Jay WelleMark Jay Welle
I am originally from Milford, Iowa where I grew up on a farm. I started working with wood when I was very young. Being involved in 4-H allowed me to make many of my own projects as well as gain leadership experience. High school shop class is where my passion for woodworking flourished. I made a variety of woodworking projects, ending with a steam bent music stand which placed first in the state competition. I am currently a senior at Pittsburg State University where I am studying to obtain a Bachelors of Science and Technology degree. I am majoring in Wood Technology with an emphasis in Product Manufacturing and a Business Administration minor. The summer of 2014 I completed an internship with Brochsteins Inc. where I was able to experience the wood industry first hand. I also competed in Skills USA cabinetmaking where I placed in the top six in the nation. I have been very involved at school with my classes, SAW Club, and working for PSU on a variety of projects. This summer I continue to work at PSU.

I really enjoy every step of a project; for that reason one day I would like to own my own custom furniture shop where I can design, build, and finish all of my projects. I would like to continue my education at PSU and obtain a Master’s degree in Science and Technology. I appreciate WMIA’s continued support towards PSU’s Wood Technology Program by investing in our facility, scholarships and most recently the WTII Boot Camps. I want to thank WMIA for their continued support towards my education in a field I have grown so passionate for.


 

WMIA College Scholarships FAQs

Q: Who is eligible to apply for the college scholarships?
A: Any person is eligible to apply who is planning to enroll in a wood science or wood technology program at an accredited two-year or four-year technical school, college, or university in North America. Previous winners are eligible for a second award, but must reapply.

Candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before July 1 of the year in which they will use the scholarship. They must have sufficient academic records to be accepted by an accredited college, university or technical institute. Students already in college are also eligible to apply.

Q: What do you look for in a candidate?
A: Academic success, interest, special abilities, and other factors are considered by judges to select their choice of scholarship recipients. Judges will give special consideration to the degree in which career choice could have an application to the woodworking industry.

Q: How do I apply?
A: Scholarship applicants must complete a Scholarship Application Form and mail it, along with all attachments, to the WMIA Educational Foundation:
 
WMIA Educational Foundation
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 410
Alexandria, VA 22314
 
The attachments that must accompany the completed form are:
  • A one-page letter telling us about your future aspirations and what qualifies you as a WMIA scholarship candidate.
  • A transcript of grades and credits through the most recent grading period (high-school applicants) or transcripts covering a minimum of the previous two scholastic years.
  • A letter of recommendation from an employer or other professional with whom you have worked.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, or other educational professional.
The application, transcripts, and list of recommendations should be received by WMIA by February 3, 2016.

Q: Can I re-apply?
A: Yes, you can re-apply, even if you have been awarded a scholarship in the past. However, you need to submit a new application, along with the required support materials. Your packet will be evaluated with the current pool of applicants.