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WMIA education arm hands out scholarships

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association Education Foundation recently awarded $31,500 in scholarships toward pursuing a career in wood technology, machinery and related fields. To date, the foundation has provided nearly $380,000 in scholarship funding.

This year’s awards included $16,500 to 11 college students and a total of $15,000 to three schools — Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, New England School of Architectural Woodworking in Massachusetts, and Quebec’s National School of Furniture and Cabinetmaking — that distributed scholarships to 12 students.

Eleven of the 23 scholarship recipients are female.

“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,” says Chris Hofmann, WMIA’s education committee chairman and Lamello product manager at Colonial Saw Co.

“We have been very pleased with the increased quality of the scholarship applicants and the continued surge in the number of female students receiving awards bodes well for our industry. WMIA is very proud to support the industry in this way year after year.”

The WMIA Educational Foundation is supported by contributions from business groups and individuals in the woodworking industry and the International Woodworking Fair.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue.

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