Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Expands ‘Teaching the Teachers’ Scholarship Program


Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, a nonprofit woodworking school in Rockport, ME, has successfully raised $1 million to sustainably endow its Teaching the Teachers scholarship program. Launched as a pilot in 2018, Teaching the Teachers awards scholarships to schools and service organizations that teach woodworking to economically disadvantaged communities. Scholarships cover the full cost of enrolling a partner institution’s instructor in CFC’s workshops, so that he or she can return to their own programs with new woodworking skills and information.

As a result of its fundraising, CFC is able to offer one additional summer workshop scholarship for 2020 beyond the seven it has already awarded, and seeks nominations from new partner institutions. More information is available on the Center’s website or by directly contacting Director of Development Ellen Dyer. The nomination deadline is March 15, 2020.

The Teaching the Teachers scholarships that have already been awarded for 2020 have gone to Eldon High School in Eldon, MO; The MiLL in Colorado Springs, CO; Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, NY; Narragaugus High School in Harrington, ME; Lansdowne High School in Lansdowne, MD; and Granite School District in Salt Lake City, UT. Additional partner institutions in the program are Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, VA; 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; Messalonskee High School in Oakland, ME; and Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, OR.

To advance Teaching the Teachers, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship also affiliates with advocacy organizations that promote woodworking education for vocational training and economic development. Current affiliates are the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society, the Northern Forest Center, and the Wood Career Alliance of North America. Financial support for Teaching the Teachers is provided by the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, the Horowitz Family Scholarship Fund, and the Betterment Fund.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship invites inquiries from potential institutional partners and affiliates. For more information, please contact: Ellen Dyer, development director, 207-594-5611.

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