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PRESS RELEASE: AAW Announces Winners of Scholarships to Arrowmont and Campbell Schools

Tuesday, December 22, 2015  
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(December 22, 2015 - Saint Paul) – The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is pleased to announce that it has awarded twenty-eight scholarships to members of the AAW to attend Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the John C. Campbell Folk School in 2016. The AAW is delighted to congratulate the following twenty-eight scholarship recipients:


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Scholarship Recipients

  • Mary Carol Meemken, Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild
  • Phil Mannino, Captial Area Woodturners
  • Diana Williams, Inland Wood Turners (Riverside, CA)
  • David Pearce, Blue Ridge Woodturners
  • Dan Baker, Cascade Woodturners Association
  • Rich Piper, Chicago Woodturners
  • Robert Allen, Massachusetts South Shore Woodturners
  • Kevin Searles, Tidewater Turners of Virginia
  • Eugene Laveroni Jr., Michigan Association of Woodturners
  • David J. Edwards, Michigan Association of Woodturners
  • Frank Jessup, Captial Area Woodturners
  • Scott Haddix, Gulf Coast Woodturners
  • Hector E. Olmeda, South Suburban Chiselers/Illiana Woodturners
  • Doug Lawrence, Central Oklahoma Woodturners Association

John C. Campbell Folk School Scholarship Recipients

  • Charles Waggoner, Central Oklahoma Woodturners Association
  • Mark Hubl, Windy City Woodturners
  • Axel Waldkirch, Susquehanna Woodturners
  • Jeff Neff, San Diego Woodturners, Inc.
  • Rick Bryant, Lehigh Valley Woodturners
  • Bruce Perlmutter, Atlantic Shore Woodturners
  • Bonnie McDermid, Lake Superior Woodturners
  • Joe Herrmann, Principally Pens
  • Diane Cobourn, Endless Mountain
  • Terry Hall, Florida West Coast Wood Turners
  • KC Kendall, Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild
  • Mike McLain, Carolina Mountain Woodturners
  • Andy Beale, Lehigh Valley Woodturners
  • Tom Walters , Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild

Commenting on the scholarship awards, Phil McDonald, executive director of the AAW stated, “Rewarding and enriching educational experiences lie ahead for each of the scholarship recipients.” He continued, “The AAW is grateful to the Arrowmont and Campbell schools for their financial support of this initiative. We also want to thank all of the participating chapters for their overwhelmingly positive expressions of support for AAW’s educational mission.”       

Scholarship award winners were selected through a random drawing of all eligible nominees. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, candidates must be AAW members and must have been nominated by a process approved by their AAW chapter. A total of 69 chapters participated, resulting in the nomination of 103 AAW members.

The AAW Board of Directors approved a program to provide woodturning school scholarships to members of the AAW in 2013. With the continued support and funding from the AAW Endowment Trust Fund, and with matching contributions made by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the John C. Campbell Folk School, the scholarship awards were made possible again in 2015.

About the AAW
The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide by providing opportunities for education, information, inspiration, and community. Established in 1986, AAW currently has more than 15,000 members and a network of over 350 local chapters globally. The AAW possesses the single largest collection of woodturning information anywhere and its journal, American Woodturner, is the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. To learn more, visit woodturner.org.


Kim Rymer



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