Endowed Scholarships at Penland School of Crafts

Janet Taylor Acosta Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established to honor a woman who deeply appreciated Penland, this fund provides one two-week summer session work-study scholarship for a woman with financial need, who is interested in expanding her abilities in craft.

 

Samuel A. Almon Scholarship Fund
Established in honor of Sam Almon, who was a lawyer and a friend of Penland, this fund provides an eight-week work-study concentration scholarship for a textiles class. The recipient is required to contribute a work completed during the concentration to the scholarship auction.

 

Milton Baxt Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Milton Baxt, this fund supports one work-study student for a two-week session.

 

Dr. Jerrold Belitz Scholarship Fund
Established through a bequest from Jerry Belitz, who appreciated craft and Penland, this fund provides full scholarships for two-week summer sessions in glass based on financial need and exceptional talent.

 

Abby Watkins Bernon Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Abby Watkins Bernon, who was a student in printmaking and photography, this fund provides work-study scholarships for women who are beginning their studies in printmaking, photography, books or drawing with the intention of pursuing a career in one of these fields.

 

Larry Brady & Edward Jones Scholarship Fund
Established by Larry Brady and the friends and family of Edward K. Jones (1970-2010), this fund provides a two-week summer session work-study scholarship based on financial need and exceptional talent.

 

Carey G. Bringle, Jr. Scholarship Fund
Established by friends and family in memory of Carey G. Bringle, Jr., this fund provides one work-study scholarship, with the work-study assignment in the wood studio, for a two-week summer class in wood.

 

The Cynthia Bringle & Edwina Bringle Scholarship Fund
Established by the Charles E. and Ellen H. Taylor Family Foundation in honor of Cynthia Bringle and Edwina Bringle, this fund provides work-study scholarships for one two-week summer session in clay and one in textiles.

 

Ethel S. Brody Scholarship Fund
Established by The Ethel S. Brody Charitable Foundation, this award is made in honor of Ethel S. Brody who demonstrated a life-long passion for the arts as a patron and an artist. An advocate for art education, she invested in the teachers who help so many achieve their aspirations to express themselves through the arts. This award is offered for the University of South Carolina (USC) Ethel Brody Scholar to attend a summer class at Penland between his/her junior and senior year.

 

The Orville & Pat Chatt Memorial Scholarship Award
Mary Schnelly and Gene Phelps established this award with former Penland resident artist David Chatt in honor of his parents. It provides a work-study scholarship for a two week summer session for a student living in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho) who shows artistic promise and financial need.

 

Clay Scholarship Fund
Established by donors to the Campaign for Penland’s Future, this fund provides a summer work-study scholarship for a student in clay who demonstrates financial need and exceptional talent.

 

The Collins, Evans, Massey Scholarship Fund
Established in honor of Mr. and Mrs. T. Clyde Collins, Jr., Lisbeth C. Evans, and William P. Massey, this fund provides summer work-study scholarships based on financial need and exceptional talent.

 

Cramazing Creative Scholarship Fund
Established by John Cram and Matt Chambers, this award provides one full scholarship for a two-week summer session to a student in textiles.

 

Lenore Davis & Bill Helwig Scholarship Fund
Funded by the estate of Harold B. Helwig, partial scholarships of $1,000 are provided with no restrictions in any media or studio.


The Paul H. and Ginger S. Duensing Scholarship Fund
The Paul Hayden Duensing Scholarship Fund has been established by Duensing family and friends to honor the life achievements of Paul Hayden Duensing, master printer, type designer, and educator. The endowment supports a full scholarship for a student in a two-week summer session in letterpress.

 

East Meets West Metals Scholarship Fund
Established by Barbara McFadyen, this fund provides a full scholarship for a summer session in metals for a Japanese student or educator. The recipient should be a resident of Japan who demonstrates exceptional talent and financial need. This year, preference will be given to an educator.

 

Eastern North Carolina Scholarship Fund
Established by Lisa and Dudley Anderson and Eastern North Carolina friends of the school, this fund provides one work-study scholarship for a North Carolina resident living east of Raleigh.

 

AJ Fletcher Foundation Work-study Scholarship Fund
Established by the AJ Fletcher Foundation, this endowment provides one work-study scholarship for a summer session for an artist living in North Carolina. Preference will be given to students pursuing a course that utilizes new technologies including, but not limited to, digital modeling, computer controlled fabrication, Arduino microcontrollers, and video.

 

AJ Fletcher Foundation Partial Scholarship Fund
Established by the AJ Fletcher Foundation, this endowment provides one partial scholarship for a summer session for an artist living in North Carolina. Preference will be given to students pursuing a course that utilizes new technologies including, but not limited to, digital modeling, computer controlled fabrication, Arduino microcontrollers, and video.

 

Glass/Apple Scholarship Fund
Established by Ed & Sue Glass and the Apple Foundation, this fund provides one two-week work-study scholarship for a resident from Rockingham County (NC), Stokes County (NC), or Pittsylvania County (VA).

 

Grovewood Gallery Scholarship Fund
Established by the Grovewood Gallery of Asheville in honor of Doug Sigler, long-time teacher of woodworking and a friend of Penland, this fund provides one work-study scholarship for a two-week summer session for persons with woodworking skills who will have work assignments in the wood studio.

 

Horn Scholarship Fund
Established by Robyn and John Horn, this endowment fund provides full scholarships for a one, two, or two-and-a-half-week summer class to students of exceptional talent and financial need.

 

Huntley-Tidwell Scholarship Fund
Established by Hellena Huntley Tidwell and Isaiah Tidwell, this endowment fund provides one full two-week scholarship for a student of color living in the United States who would not otherwise be able to study at Penland.

 

Bobby Kadis Scholarship Fund
This endowment fund was established by the family of former trustee and long-time student Bobby Kadis. This fund provides one full scholarship for a student in clay.

 

Stoney Lamar Scholarship Fund
Established by the family and friends of Stoney Lamar in honor of his life-long contributions to craft and education, this award provides a summer session at Penland in either the iron or wood studio.

 

Lasater Drawing and Painting Scholarship Fund
This endowment fund was established by Robin Hanes in memory of her mother to provide full scholarships for a two-week session in drawing and painting.

 

LeBlanc Scholarship Fund
This endowment fund was established by Steve and Ellen LeBlanc to provide one work-study scholarship for a two-week session.

 

John & Ione Lee Scholarship Fund
John and Ione Lee established this endowment fund to provide one work-study scholarship for a two-week summer session in wood.

 

Janet Link Meredith College Scholarship
Established by Anne Dahl, this fund provides a summer work-study scholarship for a current student, full time faculty member, or adjunct faculty member at Meredith College who demonstrates exceptional promise and financial need.

 

Harvey & Bess Littleton Scholarship Fund
This endowment fund was established by the Hellers of Heller Gallery and Harvey and Bess Littleton. This fund provides one full scholarship for a two-week summer session in hot glass.

 

The Marcia Macdonald Scholarship Fund
Established in loving memory of Marcia Macdonald, an internationally-recognized jeweler/metalsmith and special soul who was a visiting artist and frequent instructor at Penland, and who was herself a Penland scholarship student, this endowment fund provides one full scholarship for a two-week summer session for a student in jewelry/metals.

 

David Marshall Scholarship Fund
Established by David Marshall and continued by his friends and family, this fund provides one full scholarship for a summer session at Penland for a student with financial need and exceptional talent to study books, paper, print, or letterpress.

 

Ann Skipper McAden Scholarship Fund
Established by the estate and family of Ann Skipper McAden, this endowment fund provides one work-study scholarship for a two-week summer session for a student in drawing, painting or printmaking.

 

Mendes Family Scholarship Fund
Established by Jenny Mendes in gratitude for her time spent as a core student and resident artist at Penland School, this endowment fund provides one full two-week summer session scholarship for a student 50 years of age or older seeking a personal or professional creative renewal.

 

Penland Metals Scholarship Fund
Established by donors to the Campaign for Penland’s Future, this fund provides a summer work-study scholarship for a student in metals who demonstrates financial need and exceptional talent.

 

The Lucy C. Morgan Scholarship Fund
Established in honor of Penland’s founder, this fund provides work-study scholarships for a two-week summer session for people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans.

 

John Neff Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by friends of John Neff, a gifted artist who was a Penland core student, this fund provides full scholarships for a two-week summer session for individuals that are early in their career of becoming a studio artist and demonstrate financial need and exceptional talent. One scholarship is for a student in any media and one for a student in clay.

 

David & Pat Nevin Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was established by Pat Nevin, a frequent Penland student and work-study veteran, in memory of her husband David. The fund provides one work-study scholarship for a two-week summer session based on financial need and exceptional talent so that a student can have the same kind of experience at Penland that Pat has had.

 

Betty Oliver Scholarship Fund
Established by the friends and family of Betty Oliver, an instructor who loved Penland, this fund provides one work-study scholarship to a student who will use the time at Penland to explore a career or life transition.

 

I.A. O'Shaugnessy Foundation Scholarship Fund
Established by the O'Shaughnessy Foundation, this award provides one special work-study scholarship for a summer session in clay for a student who is 40 years of age or older.

 

Jane Peiser Scholarship Fund
Established by the friends and family of Jane Peiser, this endowment fund provides a work-study scholarship for a student in clay.

 

Mark Peiser Scholarship Fund
This endowment fund was established by Judy and Jim Moore to honor Mark Peiser, Penland’s first resident artist in glass, for his technological innovations and aesthetic contributions to the studio glass movement. This fund provides one full scholarship for a two-week summer session for a student in glass.

 

Penland Flameworking Scholarship Fund
This endowment fund was established by Judy and Jim Moore to provide one full scholarship to an experienced student who wishes to excel in flameworking.

 

Penland Vision Scholarship Fund
Established in honor of Jimmy, Heather, Colin, Tyler, and Eliza Royal, by Judy and Jim Moore, this endowment fund provides a full scholarship for a two-week summer class to support an artist working in any medium who best celebrates the human spirit.

 

Mary Calhoun Phelps & Mary Schnelly Scholarship
Established by Mary Schnelly and Gene Phelps, this fund provides a special work-study scholarship for a summer class for a young person who demonstrates artistic promise and financial need to study in any media.

 

Samuel & Jewel Phillips Craft Study Scholarship Fund
Established by the Samuel L. Phillips Family Foundation, this endowment fund provides scholarships for students at Mayland Community College for a summer class at Penland. For more information or to apply, contact Beth Mitchell, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Mayland. She can be reached via phone (828-76-1301) or email (bmitchell@mayland.edu).

 

Michael Pierschalla Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Michael Pierschalla, in recognition of his fondness for, and commitment to Penland, which he thought of as a spiritual and educational center, and where he both taught and visited frequently over the years. This fund provides one work-study scholarship for a two-week summer session in wood.

 

Richard Ritter Scholarship Fund
This endowment fund was established by Judy and Jim Moore in honor of Richard Ritter’s career achievements in glass and his continuing commitment to Penland and studio glass education. This fund provides one full scholarship for a two-week summer session to a student with glass experience.

 

Betsy & Marc Rowland Scholarship Fund
Established by Betsy and Marc Rowland, this endowment fund provides one work-study scholarship for a two-week summer session in clay or metals to a student with financial need and exceptional talent.

 

Tommie Rush & Richard Jolley Scholarship Fund
Established by Ron and Lisa Brill and the Brill family in honor of glass artists Tommie Rush and Richard Jolley, this endowment fund provides one work-study scholarship for a two-week summer session in glass.

 

Lynda Frank Sanders Scholarship Fund
Established by Lynda Frank Sanders in honor of her mother Ruth Chatterton Frank (1918-2010), this fund provides a work-study scholarship for one two-week summer session.

 

Sawtooth School for Visual Art Faculty Scholarship Fund
Established by Joseph P. Logan, this fund provides one full scholarship for a summer session for an outstanding faculty member at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC.

 

School Teachers Scholarship Fund
Established by friends and family, in memory of Dorothy Heyman, who was a weaver, a long-time student, and a friend of the school, this fund provides one work-study scholarship for a two-week summer session for a teacher.

 

Norm & Gloria Schulman Scholarship Fund
Endowed by friends of Norm and Gloria Schulman, this fund recognizes the Schulmans for their service to Penland and the field of craft education. It provides one work-study scholarship for a two-week summer class either to a young person developing their talents and interests or to an older student seriously focusing on a life or career change.

 

Steele-Reese Scholarship Fund
Established by the Steele-Reese Foundation, this fund provides one full scholarship for a two-week summer session each year to an art education student from Appalachian State University and one from East Tennessee State University to learn techniques that will significantly enhance their future teaching abilities.

 

Lenore G. Tawney Scholarship Fund
Established by the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation to commemorate the important role Penland played in Lenore G. Tawney’s life and work, this fund provides one work-study scholarship for a two-week summer session to an emerging artist who demonstrates exceptional talent.

 

Teacher Training Scholarship Fund
This fund provides one full scholarship to a two-week summer session for a teacher taking a teacher-training class. See each summer catalogue for the designated teacher-training class.

 

Sarah Everett Toy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by the family of Sarah Everett Toy, a sculptor and art teacher from Charlotte, this fund provides a full scholarship to a woman studying in any medium.

 

Windgate Scholarship Fund
The Windgate Scholarship Fund provides work-study scholarships to talented and deserving students demonstrating excellence in their work.

 

Christy Wright Endowment for Glass Art
Established by the family and friends of Christy Wright, this fund provides an eight-week work-study concentration scholarship for a student taking a glass concentration class for a career transition from a non-artistic pursuit or another medium to glass.