The WMIA’s Educational Foundation awards scholarships to those who want to study, and pursue a career in, wood technology, machinery, and related fields. To date, the Foundation has provided nearly $350,000 to assist students with furthering their goals.

This year, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees selected 12 college students to receive a total of $18,500 in scholarships. This was a difficult decision, as a record number of applications were received, and a record number of female students, 14, applied for scholarships this year, with 9 receiving awards.

2016 also marked the first year of a scholarship “pilot program,” in which WMIA provided a fixed amount of scholarship funds to several schools, and they were able to determine how many scholarships to award, and in what amounts. Three schools — Pittsburg State University, Hennepin Technical College, and the New England School of Architectural Woodworking — participated in the pilot program, awarding a total of $18,000 in scholarships.

A big proponent of education, the WMIA provides students with scholarships to pursue careers in the woodworking industry. 

“This year’s scholarship applicant evaluations yielded awards totaling $36,500 to be dispersed to 20 high quality candidates,” said WMIA Education Committee Chairman Jason Howell, president of Weinig/Holz-Her.

The 2016 scholarship recipients are: Anthony Ataee, Seattle, WA, Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center; Curt Barnett, Manchester, CT, New England School of Architectural Woodworking; Amanda Bjornstrom, Seattle, WA,  Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center; Estee Clifford, Seattle, WA,  Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center; Emily Culver, Danville, PA,  Cranbrook Academy of Art; Lacy Draper, Seattle, WA,  Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center; Chase Eller, Carrollton, TX, Pittsburg State University; Sam Galliart, Hutchinson, KS, Pittsburg State University; Jonathan Hamilton, Carrollton, TX, Pittsburg State University; Brianna Kimek, Iselin, NJ, North Carolina State University; and Kathleen Montgomery, Kanata, ON, Canada. Conestoga College.

Also receiving scholarships are: Madeline Newton, Garner, NC,  North Carolina State University; Daniel Norton, Ramsey, MN, Hennepin Technical College; Emmanuel Onen, Kent, WA,  Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center; Jeffrey Ragle, Belchertown, MA,  New England School of Architectural Woodworking; Eli Rosenblum-Stephens, Brooklyn, NY, Burlington College; Moriah Ross, Meade, KS, Pittsburg State University; Yarrow Rotskoff, Seattle, WA, Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center; Daniel St. John, Amherst, MA, Burlington College; and  Mark Welle, Milford, IA, Pittsburg State University.

“WMIA is very proud of this annual deliverable to our industry and with this year’s award it brings our Scholarship Foundation total to nearly $350,000!” Howell said.
The WMIA Educational Foundation is supported by contributions from business groups and individuals in the woodworking industry, and the International Woodworking Fair (IWF). For information on contributing to the WMIA Educational Foundation, contact Larry Hoffer, WMIA president, at lhoffer@wmia.org.


For executives, sales and product managers in the industry, the WMIA provides an intense, five-day Boot Camp of manufacturing fundamentals as well as a hands-on workshop.

Boot Camp training
A project-based program,  the annual WMIA-sponsored Boot Camp provides industry executives, sales and product managers with an overview of woodworking fundamentals and manufacturing processes, including a hands-on workshop.

The intense five-day session mimics a four-year woodworking program. Attendees also are instructed on the regulations that affect how woodworkers do business.

Boot Camp sessions are held at Pittsburg State University.  For information on future events, contact Larry Hoffer, WMIA president, at lhoffer@wmia.org or visit wtii.net.