Institutional Scholarships

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Teaching the Teachers Overview

Our Teaching the Teachers program awards scholarships directly to educational and service organizations that teach woodworking to economically disadvantaged communities in the U.S. and abroad. We hope to further the work of these organizations by giving their instructors new woodworking skills and a vision of the educational woodshop that they can share with their own communities throughout a lifetime of teaching. For 2019, Teaching the Teachers is supported by the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, the Horowitz Family Scholarship Fund, and the Betterment Fund.

Institutional Partners

Institutional partners in Teaching the Teachers nominate their own instructors for fully funded participation in our Workshops, Turning Intensive, and Furniture Intensives, as best meets the needs of the organization. Scholarships cover all necessary expenses (above and beyond any provided under the partner institution's policies), including tuition, materials, travel, and lodging. In some cases, we can also offer per diems for expenses such as meals and lost income.

We welcome inquiries from potential institutional partners such as community colleges, trade schools, Title 1 secondary schools with Career and Technical Education programs, and nonprofit and governmental social-service organizations. Current institutional partners for Teaching the Teachers are

  • Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, ME,
  • Greater West Town Community Development Project in Chicago, IL,
  • Kids Making It in Wilmington, NC,
  • Machias Memorial High School in Machias, ME, and
  • Messalonskee High School in Oakland, ME.

Institutional Affiliates

Through Teaching the Teachers, we are also teaming up with advocacy organizations that promote woodworking education for vocational training and economic development. Current affiliates are

We welcome affiliation inquiries from organizations that are aligned with the mission of Teaching the Teachers and can help us connect with new institutional partners.

Nomination Process

Organizations interested in nominating an instructor for a Teaching the Teachers scholarship, or in becoming an affiliate of the program, should contact Ellen Dyer, the Center’s Development Director, at ellen@woodschool.org.

For priority consideration, institutional partners should email nominations by March 1, 2019 to ellen@woodschool.org. Notification will be sent by March 15. After March 1, nominations will be reviewed for acceptance as they arrive.

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