Guidelines to apply for All Scholarships:
1. To apply, write a letter to the scholarship Chairperson. Letters of application must contain the following: Name, address, telephone number, email address (if applicable), date of birth or age. Scholarship applied for, Permission to publish photo from the workshop, and how the information gained will be shared with others. (for example, by making a presentation to a local guild, school, or group; or writing an article for a local or national publication.) A statement of membership if applying for the Drummond scholarship; that the applicant is 18 years or age or older.
2. Applications must be typed, computer generated, or neatly printed. The scholarship committee reserves the right to disqualify incomplete or illegible applications.
3. Applications are due on or before May 30, 2016 An applicant may receive a scholarship only once in every three years unless the applicant can demonstrate extenuating circumstances which will be considered by the MFF board.
4. Each accepted application will be presented to the MFF board by the scholarship chairperson for approval or denial.
5. Scholarship applicants will be notified in writing immediately following the board meeting at which scholarship decisions are made (usually the June meeting).
6. Scholarships are non-transferable and must be used for the specific purpose for which they were awarded in that year.
7. The letter should also state that scholarship recipients agree that their photographs in the workshop setting may be used for publicity purposes.
8. Decisions of the Scholarship Committee and the Michigan Fiber Festival Board are final.
Send application letters to:
MFF Scholarship Committee Chairperson
Michigan Fiber Festival Inc
P.O. Box 744
Hastings, MI 49058
Founders Memorial Scholarship
The board of the Michigan Fiber Festival has authorized one full day or two half-day scholarships in memory of Susan Black Drummond, founder of Fiberfest, (Michigan Fiber Festival’s predecessor.) Sue was active in the arts and community education programs. To honor her memory, the membership and board wish to help continue her work in education by establishing these scholarships. Allowing recipients to learn new skills and pass their knowledge on to others.
This year the board also is offering one full day or two half-day scholarships in the name of Jill Turner one of the original founders of Michigan Fiber Festival who is retiring from the festival to live closer to her children. We will miss all the hard work she puts into the festival each year.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a Member of the Michigan Fiber Festival; . Applicants may apply for a full day scholarship (if the class is for more than a one day, the recipient will be asked to pay the additional cost of the workshop).
The board will determine the number of scholarships to be awarded each year.
The Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo ~Fiber Arts Scholarships
The Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo (WGK), a nonprofit organization founded in 1968 to share the fiber arts, offers two full day scholarship(s) to any attendee(s) of the Michigan Fiber Festival held each August at the Allegan Fairgrounds in Allegan, Michigan. Members of the WGK are united to teach, learn, and share, the knowledge of traditional and contemporary fiber and related textile arts. As part of our scholarship award, the recipient(s) will also receive a one-year membership in our guild.
Eligibility: Any person interested in attending the Michigan Fiber Festival. Criteria for receiving the WGK Scholarship may include, but are not limited to, financial need.
The board of Michigan Fiber Festival wishes to express our sincere thanks to:
The Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo, for their generous support of our scholarship programs.
Here is are the words of a previous scholarship recipient:
Michigan Fiber Fest Scholarship
The Michgan Fiber Festival scholarships have allowed
me to push my skills and knowledge forward in the
fiber arts. Not only have I improved in my preferred
craft of knitting, but the scholarships allowed me to step
outside of my comfort zone and try new things I had
never done before: Japanese weaving; origami dyeing;
felt hat making. The teachers were wonderful and, even
more importantly, I surprised myself with what I could
do! It is thanks to these generous scholarships that I was
able to attend the festival and take steps toward
realizing my dreams of making a better life for myself
using my skills in the fiber arts. I would like to extend a
very humble and grateful thank you.