Scholarships

Scholarships for Veterans

The Southwest School of Woodworking, LLC is proud to announce the creation of two new scholarships for combat veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. These scholarships are available to those veterans who have an interest in learning the craft of woodworking.

  • The Lt. Col. Gary Felton (USAF) Scholarship will be awarded to one selected veteran. This is a $400 dollar scholarship which can be applied to any course or workshop of the recipient’s choosing, contingent on meeting the prerequisites for that particular course.
  • The Southwest School of Woodworking Veteran’s Scholarship will be awarded to one selected veteran. This is a $400 dollar scholarship which can be applied to a course of the recipient’s choosing, contingent on meeting the prerequisites for that particular course.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Any active-duty or honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. military or military guard and reserves who has been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, or other U.S. military operation in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2000 is eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must have a passion for woodworking and will be asked to explain this interest in a short essay, which will be included with the application. This essay will be a key selection criterion.
  • Applicants must select the first course or courses that they wish to take from the current offerings of the Southwest School of Woodworking when making their application. Only courses with enrollment availability are eligible. Courses open for enrollment are listed on the website of the Southwest School of Woodworking at www.sw-sw.org.
  • Scholarship recipients must commit to attending all class sessions for the course of their choosing.
  • Scholarship funds can be applied toward tuition for the selected course or courses, however recipients will be responsible for a non-refundable one-time registration fee ($35), the cost of any materials associated with the selected course (varies with course), and any tuition above the scholarship amount. Funds remaining after the first course can be applied to any other course or courses for up to one year. Any funds not used within one year will be forfeited.
  • Candidates must complete and submit the Scholarship Application in full, along with Proof of Separation DD form 214 if applicable, to the Southwest School of Woodworking, ATTN: Scholarship Committee, 621 N. 7th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85007 or via e-mail at veterans@sw-sw.org.
  • Candidate submissions will be reviewed on an as-needed basis by the Scholarship Committee whose decisions are final. The Scholarship Committee is comprised of professional woodworkers and members of the Southwest School of Woodworking Board of Advisors.
  • Successful candidates will be notified no later than 3 weeks after submission.
  • Once all scholarship funds have been disbursed, no further applications will be considered until January 1 of the following year.
  • Scholarship winners will not be eligible for consideration during the next calendar year, but may reapply in subsequent years.

For more information, contact Raúl Ramírez at director@sw-sw.org or 480-734-0274.