The Society for Midwest Metalsmiths Awards $5,000 in Scholarships
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:
In the 2010 business year of the Society for Midwest Metalsmiths, SMM has distributed or have earmarked over $5000 in student scholarships and gifting to local universities with metals programs. This year one student from Maryville University in St. Louis Missouri and one student from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville Illinois will each receive a $1000 scholarship award honoring the memory of Heikki Seppa, a founding member of the organization, and a friend and mentor to many of the members.
SMM has also have provided scholarships to two teens selected from the under-served within our community to attend metal related workshops at Craft Alliance located in University City Missouri. Funds have been allocated to two additional teens to attend Craft Alliance workshops before the end of our fiscal year.
Alexis Burton, age 13 and Jamilah Irby, age 11 though the Youth in Need program. These scholarships make it possible for kids to take metalsmithing classes at Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri. The remainder of the above mentioned funds will be gifted to the Metals Programs of our two host Universities in the form of much needed tools and equipment for metals students in-house use.
In addition to the above mentioned funds, with every workshop SMM presents, scholarships are given to two students from the University that is allowing SMM the use of their facility to host the workshop, a minimum of 12 per year have the opportunity to attend our workshops at no cost other than a kit fee for the workshop attended.
Much of the funding for these gifts and scholarships are generated by members, members families and friends making their Amazon.com purchases by accessing the Amazon.com web site through the small ad at the bottom of www.midwest-metalsmiths.org. Amazon is very generous to not-for-profits by giving back a small percentage of each purchase to SMM at no additional cost to the purchaser. We wish to thank all of our membership and friends for their support and we at SMM plan to continue promoting the fine art of metalsmithing in every way possible in the coming years.