AWI foundation names scholarship winners


The Architectural Woodwork Institute Education Foundation is awarding $25,500 in financial aid to 10 scholarship winners.

NESAW director Greg Larson (right) with student scholarship winner Jake Cazja.

The winners were chosen from a pool of applicants nominated by woodwork technology instructors from secondary and post-secondary schools across the U.S.

“This year’s scholarship program attracted a larger number of new schools and a greater variety of institutions participating than in previous years. We believe that students are envisioning the architectural woodwork industry as a viable career path, whether on the manufacturing side or the management side,” foundation chairman Kent Gilchrist said in a statement.

Winners include Bryce Ahlers, Preston Boyd and Kelson Classen (Pittsburg (Kan.) State University); Ben Gonzales (Cerritos College); Michele Brenes (Fox Valley Technical College); Ellen Cahill (Madison Area Technical College); Jake Cazja (New England School of Architectural Woodworking); Jason Astor (MILL National Training Center); Andrew Dearing (Utah Valley University), and Lucas Pipkin (Appalachian State University).

Nominees were judged on grades, references and personal letters. Special consideration was given to those pursuing a career in the woodwork industry.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue.

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