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As a U.S. based manufacturer, we here at Oneida Air Systems place great significance on the long tradition of American craftsmanship that has made our country great. As a company we try to uphold these principles and apply them to our products every day. That's why we created the Future Craftsman Scholarship program.
Each year $1000 is awarded to each art program at North Bennet St, OCAC, and RIT, to foster and support students who are studying to be the next generation of American Craftsmen. Students are selected based on their skill mastery, their love for their work, and their dedication to the craft as a career path.
Oneida Air Systems is proud to present our Future Craftsmen Scholarship winners! Check below to learn more and to see some of their fine work!
Tom is a junior year student at RIT who has dedicated himself fully to his design work and skill mastery. His work is of the highest quality and has been featured in several undergraduate honors shows. Tom also works at the college as a program assistant, but has plans to use the Future Craftsman Scholarship to further support his education and work.
Cory is a 3rd year Bachelors of Fine Arts student in the Wood Department of the Oregon College of Arts and Craft. He has proven to be an asset to the Wood Program through many contributions, but what sets Cory apart is his ability to dedicate himself to the relentless pursue of his art.
Cory actually began his studies at Oregon College of Art and Craft 10 years ago through the community program for pre-college students. In the course of that ten years Cory has, at times, maintained a full-time job, and has gotten married. Regardless of outside pressures and distractions, he continues to inspire others with his desire to seek criticism and develop his skills and talent.
Josh is in his second year of the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at the NBSS. He chose to come to NBSS from his home state of Maryland after six years of working in a cabinet/millwork shop. Josh really wanted to more fully utilize and improve his skills, and expand his understanding of traditional furniture making techniques. He enjoys making hand cut dovetails, pinned bottoms and hand cut mortise and tenon.
Josh earned an AAS in Construction Trades and a certificate in Cabinetmaking and Millwork from Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Christopher Littlefield, a graduate of the North Bennet Street School cabinet and furniture making program, has been always been passionate about working with wood. As a child he started with a little hand-tool kit made for kids and worked his way up to power tools as he got older. After high school he tried a few different career paths and, after being laid off for the second time in two years, he decided to follow his passion and enrolled at North Bennet Street School.
Christopher plans to use the Oneida Air Systems Future Craftsmen Award to purchase much-needed tools and a new workbench and has already begun working on commission. His work can be seen online at littlefieldfinewoodworking.com.
As a rising senior, Will is moving into his thesis year in Wood BFA in 2015-16. He is from Santa Maria, CA and transferred to OCAC in the fall of 2013 from Allan Hancock College. Will Whitehead has been a model student and made key contributions to the Wood program over the last two years.
It makes me happy knowing that a company in the industry would reach out to prospective members of the craft community surrounding the trade of woodworking!
Carter is a woodworking student at RIT and has a background in fine art. He studied painting prior to joining the graduate program in Furniture Design and he brings an interesting perspective to his ideas in furniture.
You can see examples of his work at www.carterhopkins.com.
Meredith is from the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a very talented furniture maker who will graduate in June and hopefully will go on to a fulfilling career as an American Craftsman.
… this scholarship is not only financially helpful but also gives me a boost of confidence to continue down the path of craftsmanship and work hard to achieve excellence in woodworking. It's clear that Oneida is a forward thinking company.
You can see examples of her work at www.meredithhart.weebly.com.
Josh is a junior woodworking student at Oregon College of Art and Craft entering his thesis year. With a passion for woodworking his skill level increases with each passing year as he continues on the path to becoming a future American Craftsman.
The financial aid and recognition from this award has given me a new confidence – Thank you so much!
Interested in learning more about our scholarship program, or how to apply? Message us here.
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