Each year, the Northeast Basketmakers Guild (NBG) awards scholarships to advance the art of basket weaving. Whether a beginning weaver or an experienced teacher, members can take advantage of this benefit to perfect a skill they are already using or to challenge themselves to learn a new technique.
NBG Scholarships for 2018
Debra Rolfe received a Susi Nuss scholarship for $500 to attend the Upper South Carolina Basketmaker’s Guild conference in Greenville, SC. Attending this conference will facilitate Debra’s interest in obtaining exposure to indigenous materials, local teachers and attendees, styles of weaving and techniques that are specific to that area of the country. Debra indicated a desire to serve as an ambassador for the NBG in her travels and will share her knowledge by teaching at a future NBG event.
Jesica Clark received a Susi Nuss scholarship for $500 to attend the Willow Gathering in Decorah, Iowa. The Willow Gathering is the only willow focused event in the United States. Jes expects to learn new willow techniques and advance her willow knowledge. She will use this knowledge to develop a willow business. She will share her new willow knowledge with the NBG via the newsletter and hopes to teach at an upcoming NBG event.
NBG Scholarships for 2019
For 2019, NBG is again offering two scholarships for members, as well as a third scholarship for students of the arts to encourage non-members to try basket weaving. The deadline for applying for these awards is March 31, 2019. These scholarships will be awarded at the Annual Meeting during The Gathering in April 2019.
- The BILL POPE SCHOLARSHIP for $500 is awarded to an NBG member to attend the NBG Gathering.
- The SUSI NUSS SCHOLARSHIP for $500 is awarded to an NBG member to attend a non-NBG event such as the Stowe Basketry Festival, the John C. Campbell Folk School, the NBO Conference, or an event of the applicant’s choice.
- The FOUNDERS SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a non-NBG member who is a student of the arts to attend an NBG event, covering expenses up to $500.
Developed to advance the goal of furthering interest and knowledge of the field of basketry, the Bill Pope and Susi Nuss Scholarships are named in honor of two of our founding members who made notable contributions to NBG. The Founders Scholarship is named in honor of all of the founding members. These three scholarships may be awarded yearly at the discretion of the NBG Board in an amount that is approved by the NBG Board at their first meeting of the calendar year. Full details about the Scholarship Committee selection and processes are available in the bylaws.
Applying for a Scholarship
The guidelines for applying for scholarships are:
- An NBG member may apply for scholarships yearly.
- An applicant will have been an NBG member for the past two years and must be a member for two years after receiving the award or until completing the project. If unable to maintain membership, the member will return the monetary award to NBG.
- Financial need is not a requirement.
- Scholarship winners must wait three years before applying for another scholarship.
- Scholarship winners will share their experiences within two years of receiving the award:
- by writing an article for the next newsletter or
- by teaching a class, holding a demonstration, making a display, or any other means of sharing information with the general membership.
Apply for a Scholarship now.
If you have any questions about scholarships, applications, or the process, please contact the NBG president.