The Education Foundation of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWIEF) has recently awarded scholarships totaling $50,000 to 25 eligible students from eight academic institutions who aspire to have careers in the woodworking industry.
The awards mark a milestone for the AWIEF, which received a $1 million contribution from the Quality Certification Corp. (QCC) in 2021 for annual scholarship funding of $50,000 per year for 20 years. The student support funds are designated as Randolph Estabrook Scholarships in honor of the QCC’s former executive director.
“In [the last] four years, the number of scholarships awarded has more than doubled, from 10 to25. The ‘giving arm of AWI’ has delivered more than $269,000 in scholarships since its founding in 2008 to help perpetuate the architectural woodwork industry,” AWIEF director and AWI CEO Doug Hague said in a statement.
To qualify for a scholarship, nominees must be enrolled in a school with an architectural woodworking program. “Of 25 winners this year, eight are female, which is worth celebrating as a natural outcome of more diverse interest in the architectural woodwork industry,” Hague said.
“It is very rewarding to serve on the board of AWI’s Education Foundation and execute the dream of the Estabrook Scholarships to award $50,000 for the next 20 years for our industry’s future workforce.”
This article was originally published in the September 2022 issue.