The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association recently awarded $30,000 in educational scholarships through its Educational Foundation.
The foundation has a long history of awarding scholarships to those who want to study, and eventually pursue a career in, wood technology, machinery, and related fields. To date, it has provided nearly $450,000 to assist talented students with furthering their educational and career goals, according to the association.
“Once again this year, WMIA’s Education Committee and the Foundation Board of Trustees were quite impressed with not only the skills and accomplishments of the scholarship recipients, but the passion they expressed about having a career in the woodworking industry,” Chris Hofmann, chairman of the education committee and product manager for Lamello, said in a statement.
“Once again, it was great to see such a large number of female students receiving scholarships. WMIA is very proud to support the industry in this way year after year.”
The 2019 scholarship recipients and their schools are:
- Justin Angel of Mount Airy, N.C. (Appalachian State University)
- Harrison Houser of Clinton, Wash.; Elizabeth Moreno of Tacoma, Wash.; Erica Cartwright, Jes Jordan, Pablo Partida, and Katie Roux of Seattle (Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center)
- Larry Johnston of Boston (New England School of Architectural Woodworking)
- Marie-Elisabeth Guerin of Victoriaville, Canada and Nathalie Locas of Montreal (École Nationale du Meuble et de L’Ébénisterie)
- Kelson Claassen of Hesston, Kan; Gage Davis of Dorchester, Texas; Sarah Provard of West Jordan, Utah; Kristen Van Hoosen of Omaha, Neb.; Kendra Van Polen of McBain, Mich., and Caleb Wuthnow of Pittsburg, Kan. (Pittsburg State University)
- Liz Xu of Montreal (Rosemount Technology Centre)
- Katherine Stuglik of Hamilton, Canada (Conestoga College)
- Kyle Gorham of Baldwinsville, N.Y. (SUNY Morrisville)
The foundation is supported by contributions from business groups and individuals in the woodworking industry, and the International Woodworking Fair.
For more, visit www.wmia.org.
This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue.