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Scholarships for Woodworking Manufacturing Students

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.

Applications for 2017 scholarships will be available in September.

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. The scholarship is to be used for the fall semester; it cannot be used for past expenses. If you will have finished school before the fall semester, you are not eligible.

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.

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.

Check out this year’s scholarship recipients!

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.

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.