Scholarships for Woodworking Manufacturing Students

 

 

Are you a student who is interested in studying woodworking in college? The WMIA is here to help. Every year, we give out college scholarships to students who are 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.

 

Click here to download an application.

Interested in donating to the WMIA Scholarship fund, click here for information.

ELIGIBILITY

Any student or college-bound individual is eligible to apply. Scholarship candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before July 1st 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 Scholarship Foundation (address on back page). 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.

 

CONTRIBUTIONS

The WMIA Educational Foundation is supported by contributions from business groups and individuals in the woodworking industry, and by the International Woodworking and Furniture Supply Fair — U.S.A. Contributions can be accepted at any time and in any amount. Contributions 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. 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.

 

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

 

2013 Scholarship Winners

 

Brett Stickler

Christopher Cowles

Hunter Morrison

Jonathan Hamilton

Michael Morrissey

2013 Scholarship Winners - Bios & Photos

 

 

 

Brett Stickler

I am currently enrolled as a sophomore at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. There I am working towards getting a B.S degree in Wood Technology. Before college, I graduated from Douglass High School in Douglass, KS but before then I went to Rolla High School in Rolla, MO. In high school, I attended the Rolla Technical Institute in which I built two projects that placed first at the State Competition, and one proceeded on to the AWFS National Competition in Las Vegas and placed first in its category. After my freshman year of college I did an internship in St. James, Missouri at Cohen Architectural Woodworking which was a great learning experience. The internship pushed me to soak up every bit of knowledge I can about woodworking and it sent me back to Pittsburg State with a higher zeal for the art. I thank WMIA for awarding me a scholarship; without it my dream of pursuing an education in woodworking would not have happened.

 

 

Christopher Cowles

This is the second year Christopher Cowles will be receiving the WMIA Scholarship. Christopher is a senior at Western Michigan University studying to become a Woodworking Industrial Technology Instructor at the Secondary Education level. Christopher has a cumulative GPA of 3.6 and has been on Western Michigan University’s Dean’s list for six consecutive semesters and will graduate Cum Laude status after completion of student teaching in the Woodworking classroom at Comstock High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Christopher serves as a First Year Experience Seminar Co-instructor for WMU, is an for the Kalamazoo Peace Center,  a New Product Development Engineer Intern at Getman Corporation and also holds various other student work positions for the university while being a full time student.  After college he hopes to find a teaching position where he can inspire young adults to find an interest in Woodworking and Industrial Technology career paths and be able to fill his woodshop with help from WMIA!

 

 

 

 

Hunter Morrison

My name is Hunter Morrison and I am finishing my degree in Wood Technology at Pittsburg State University, after which I plan to attend graduate school to further my education.  Once I complete school I would like to have my own business building fine furniture.  I have been taking classes in woodworking since my freshman year of high school and have even won several awards for my projects including one for a segmented table made from maple, purple heart, and blood wood.  It consisted of approximately 1,200 pieces and was turned on a lathe.  Outside of school I am very active with hobbies that include snowboarding, rock climbing, pole vault, hunting, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and wood turning.

 

 

 

Jonathan Hamilton

I am Jonathan Hamilton, a senior at Hebron High School, in Carrollton, Texas.  I plan on attending Pittsburg State University in Kansas in the fall majoring in Wood Technology.  My Junior and Senior year of high school, I took woodworking classes at the Dale Jackson Career Center.  The classes were interesting and I found that I had a natural aptitude for working with wood.  The summer of my junior year, my team and I entered the WoodLINKS Ready to Assemble (RTA) competition and won 2nd place National.  I was also selected to work at PIN Inc. last summer where I learned more about a career in Wood Technology.  As a hobby, I enjoy turning wood on a lathe to create pens.  I have created many versions of wood pens as gifts and for sale to friends and family.   I am excited about pursuing a career in Wood Technology where I can work in a field that I truly enjoy. I am honored to be a recipient of the WMIA Educational Scholarship and appreciate your support.

 

 

Michael Morrissey

My name is Michael Morrissey; I am currently a junior at Pittsburg State University studying wood technology. I started into woodworking my junior year of high school and haven’t been able to stop since then. I have worked at a custom molding shop called Old World Woodworking, and will be interning at Brochsteins in Houston, TX this summer. I hope to be able to go into project management, or possibly even engineering and design. I really enjoy AutoCAD, but I also like to be able to get out into the shop and make things myself. In the two years that I have been at Pittsburg State I have learned so much about so many different things and I am eager to continue learning more. I would like to thank WMIA for continuing to give me support that allows me to attend such an excellent school.

 

 

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 1st 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 Scholarship Foundation:

 

WMIA Educational Foundation
27 Main Street, Suite 1
New Milford, CT 06776

 

The application, transcripts and list of recommendations should be received by the WMIA by February 3, 2014

 

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.

 

These items MUST arrive at the WMIA by February 3, 2014

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.

 

Colleges that offer woodworking programs

  

Want to find a college or university that offers classes in woodworking, furniture making, wood science or related fields? Check out our list of schools by state. Know of a college that has a woodworking program that's not in our list? Email us

 

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Auburn University
George Wallace Center
Auburn, AL
36849
United States
Contact Person: Clark Lundell
Northwest-Shoals Community College
2080 College Road
Phil Campbell, AL
35581
United States
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