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Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2022 classes are available here.

Each year, the Folk School awards a limited number of scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial limitations. Scholarships provide partial or full financial support for tuition, housing, and meals.

We accept applications throughout the year on our SlideRoom application site. Your application typically takes four weeks to be processed and our staff will match your request to one of the scholarships described below.

Please be advised that although a scholarship can cover tuition, housing, and meals, it does not cover the cost of class material fees or transportation to the Folk School. The Atlanta airport shuttle can be scheduled in advance through the Folk School for $130 each way.

For more information, contact scholarships@folkschool.org

FOLK SCHOOL-FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Folk School Tuition-Only Scholarships provide financial support to those who need help covering the cost of tuition for any full-price, weekend or weeklong class at the Folk School. Tuition scholarships are awarded according to financial need and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Folk School Full Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, housing, and meals for any full-price, weekend or weeklong class. Full scholarships are intended to support individuals who are actively involved in the preservation of traditional craft, music, and dance, use craft for philanthropic purposes, are studying or teaching craft, are working towards practicing craft on a professional or semi-professional level and/or live in the Appalachian region.

GRANT-FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Craft & Visual Arts Scholarship
Windgate Foundation has generously provided scholarships covering tuition, housing and meal costs for students of craft or visual art. Generally applicable program areas are: Basketry and Gourds; Beads; Blacksmithing; Book Arts; Broom Making; Calligraphy; Chair Seats; Clay; Dolls & Bears; Drawing; Dyeing; Enameling; Felt Making; Glass; Jewelry; Kaleidoscopes; Knitting & Crochet; Lace; Leather; Marbling; Metalwork; Mixed Media; Needlework & Thread Art; Painting; Paper Art; Photography; Printmaking; Quilting; Rugs; Sewing; Soap Making; Spinning; Stone, Sculpture & Mosaics; Surface Design; Weaving; Woodcarving; Woodturning; Woodworking; and craft or visual arts classes in our Unique Offerings category.

DONOR-FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to generous donors funding individual scholarships and endowing perpetual scholarships, the following scholarships are currently available. Donor-Funded Scholarship balances change regularly, so check back periodically for scholarship opportunities.

Betty Smith Weaving Scholarship
This scholarship honors a great friend and supporter of the school who also contributed to its Weaving program for many years as a beloved instructor. It covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong or weekend weaving class.

Blue Ridge Potters Guild Scholarships
Thanks to the Guild, residents of Virginia in need of financial assistance to participate in a clay class may apply for one of these two scholarships covering tuition, housing, and meals.

Clay Smith Blacksmithing Scholarship
This scholarship memorializes a friend of the school who made numerous contributions to its Blacksmithing program for many years as a talented instructor. It covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong or weekend blacksmithing class.

Danny Wilson Dance Scholarship
Two dance class scholarships have been funded by those who cared for Danny Wilson and his family. Danny worked and played (and danced!) at the Folk School for decades, and these tuition, housing, and meals scholarships honor his memory.

David Kaynor Memorial Dance Musicians Week Scholarship
Provided by his many friends in memory of dance musician David Kaynor, this scholarship is dedicated to his passion for dance music and for life. It covers tuition for the school's annual Dance Musicians Week for someone who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Eleanor Cale Demarest Scholarship
Created by her children in loving memory of Eleanor Cale Demarest, this scholarship recognizes the positive and formative experience she had as a teenager at the school in 1938. This scholarship covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong or weekend class.

Foundrae-Broken English Enameling Scholarship
Upon taking a weekend enameling class at the Folk School, Beth Bugdaycay, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Foundrae, and Laura Freedman, Founder of Broken English, were moved to donate 10 tuition scholarships for week-long enameling classes to promote this craft to others who may otherwise be unable to attend.

Hannah Ruppen Scholarship
Honoring a family dog that helped its human through a difficult time, this scholarship is available for any program area and covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals during a weeklong class.

Helen Gibson Woodcarving Scholarship
This scholarship donated by Jean Fliess honors Helen Gibson, a talented Brasstown Carver and long-time Folk School Resident Artist. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong or weekend woodcarving class.

Jim and Janet Davis Woodcarving Scholarship
Created by Janet Davis in loving memory of her husband, Jim, to commemorate his passion for woodcarving and to foster others in the craft, this scholarship covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong or weekend woodcarving class.

Jim Davis Woodcarving Scholarship
This woodcarving scholarship honors the memory of Jim Davis, who was a long-time supporter of the Folk School and a passionate woodcarver. It covers the cost of tuition, housing and meals to attend a weekend or week-long woodcarving class.

Jim Davis Woodworking Scholarship
This woodworking scholarship honors the memory of Jim Davis, who was a long-time supporter of the Folk School and a passionate woodworker. It covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a week-long woodworking class.

John Neil Davidson Scholarship
Created in memory of John Neil Davidson, the son of former Folk School Executive Director Jan Davidson and former Cooking Resident Artist Nanette Davidson, this scholarship covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong or weekend class.

Judith MacKenzie Fiber Scholarship
With this scholarship, Katherine Montgomery honors instructor Judith MacKenzie, who not only loves the Folk School but inspires and encourages her students to reach for new heights. This scholarship covers tuition, housing, and meals for a student in need of financial assistance in order to attend a weaving, spinning, or basketry class.

Karen Redfern Woodturning Scholarship
This scholarship covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong woodturning class.

Kathryn Byrd Memorial Scholarship
Kathryn Byrd generously provided for the Folk School's future in her will and, in her memory, this scholarship provides people who would otherwise be unable to attend the opportunity to experience all that she loved about the school. It covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a week or weekend class.

Margaret C. Toth Memorial Weaving Scholarship
This weaving scholarship honors the memory of the late Margaret C. Toth, an avid weaver who first learned to weave at the Folk School. It covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals for a weekend or week-long class.

Margaret O'Connor Weaving Scholarship
This scholarship memorializes an enthusiastic student of the Folk School and is provided to help others have the same positive learning experiences that she enjoyed. It covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong or weekend weaving class.

Ray and Linda Barron Blacksmithing Scholarships
In support of the craft of blacksmithing and to provide educational opportunities to others, the Barrons have donated two scholarships covering the cost of tuition, housing, and meals during a weeklong or weekend blacksmithing class.

Rob Bixler/Wren Smith Interpretive Naturalist Scholarship
This scholarship benefits professional interpretive naturalists and environmental educators working at local/community nature centers in the US. It covers tuition, housing, and meals for any weeklong class.

Robert J. Trout Metalsmith Scholarship
Robert Trout, a talented metalsmith and long-time Folk School instructor, created this scholarship to give others the opportunity to learn metalsmithing at the Folk School. Following his death in 2020, his family and other loved ones contributed in his memory to bring the scholarship fund to fruition. This scholarship covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong or weekend blacksmithing, coppersmithing, or tinsmithing class.

Rude Osolnik's Kentucky/Berea Co-Op Scholarship
Created by master woodturner and generous friend of the Folk School, Rude Osolnik, this scholarship is available to residents of Kentucky and/or students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Berea College. It covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals for any weeklong or weekend class.

Willard Baxter Woodturning Scholarship
This scholarship was created by friends of Willard Baxter, a former Resident Artist and long-time instructor at the Folk School, to honor his memory and to promote the woodturning craft he loved. It covers tuition, housing, and meals for any weeklong class.

Winter Dance & Music Week Work Exchange
Each year the Folk School awards 6 work exchange scholarships for Winter Dance Week to those who would not otherwise be able to attend due to financial limitations. The work exchange program allows students the opportunity to work in exchange for a tuition waiver.
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