Scholarships

The Folk School awards a number of scholarships each year, providing partial or full financial support for a weeklong or weekend class.

Please Note: January – June 2024 scholarship applications are closed and currently under review. All applicants will be notified of their status in the coming weeks.

Our scholarship application will open for July – December 2024 classes in early spring. Please visit this page in the following months for more information on the day the application will release, with a link to apply.

The Folk School awards a number of scholarships each year, providing partial or full financial support for a weeklong or weekend class. Scholarships are awarded to folks who demonstrate financial need along with an admiration for the Folk School’s unique education model. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are dependent on space availability in the class. We have a limited amount of scholarship funding each year and encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

Lifelong learners, young adults, craftspeople who have never attended the Folk School, and anyone else facing financial hurdles are encouraged to apply.

Tuition-only scholarships cover the cost of tuition for any full-price, weekend, or weeklong class. Full scholarships cover the cost of tuition, housing, and meals for any full-price, weekend, or weeklong class. Some of our scholarship funds require an applicant to meet set criteria, which will be listed below.

Once scholarship applications are submitted, they can take up to 4 weeks to be reviewed. We recommend selecting a class choice at least 6-8 weeks out from the time your finished application is submitted.

Please be advised that although scholarships have the potential to cover tuition, housing, and meals, they do not cover class material fees or transportation to and from the Folk School. The Atlanta airport shuttle can be scheduled in advance through the Folk School for an estimated fee of $150 each way. Applicants must be age 18 or older.

The Folk School also offers a 25% tuition discount and guaranteed seats to residents of nine surrounding counties, along with teachers and young adults 18-25. Click here for more details.

Folk School-Funded Scholarships

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Folk School Tuition-Only 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.

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Folk School Full Scholarships

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

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Craft Education Scholarships

Windgate Foundation has generously provided scholarships covering tuition, housing, and meals for classes in the following program areas: basketry and gourds; beads; blacksmithing; book arts; broom making; chair seats; clay; dolls & bears; dyeing; enameling; felt making; glass; jewelry; kaleidoscopes; knitting & crochet; lace; leather; marbling; metalwork; mixed media; needlework & thread art; paper art; printmaking; quilting; rugs; sewing; soap making; spinning; stone, sculpture & mosaics; surface design; weaving; woodcarving; woodturning; and woodworking.

Donor-Funded Scholarships

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

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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.

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David and Carol Smucker Craft Scholarship

This scholarship was created by long-time Folk School friends David and Carol Smucker. It provides craft education opportunities for students ages 18-34, especially those looking to build skills in their profession. It covers tuition, housing and meals for a weeklong or weekend class.

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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.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship

Tuition, housing, and meals scholarship for a weekend class for Black, Indigenous, and artists of color.

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Donna Brown Scholarship

This scholarship covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong or weekend class for someone who would otherwise be unable to attend.

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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.

Francis Whitaker Blacksmithing Scholarship

Francis Whitaker Blacksmithing Scholarship

Created by Francis Whitaker, the master blacksmith who founded our blacksmithing program, this scholarship provides intermediate and advanced students with tuition, housing and meals for any weeklong or weekend blacksmithing class.

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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.

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Jim Davis Woodcarving Scholarship

These woodcarving scholarships honor the memory of Jim Davis, who was a long-time supporter of the Folk School and a passionate woodcarver. They covers the cost of tuition, housing and meals to attend a weekend or weeklong woodcarving class.

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Karen Redfern Woodturning Scholarship

This scholarship covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weekend woodturning class.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Artz Family Trust Metals Scholarship

This scholarship covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals to attend a weeklong metals class for someone who would otherwise be unable to attend.

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Winter Dance & Music Week Work Exchange

Each year the Folk School awards 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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The John C. Campbell Folk School

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Barbie White: Development Manager

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724)

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One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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