Supporting the future workforce of our industry.

Scholarships for Woodworking Manufacturing Students

Are you a student who is studying, or interested in studying, woodworking in college? WMIA is here to help. Every year, we give out scholarships to college students who want to study wood technology, machinery, and related fields. To date, the WMIA Education Foundation has awarded over $500,000 to 260 students. The application for the 2022 WMIA Scholarship Program is online this year, and is due by January 31, 2022.

Interested in donating to the foundation? Donations make the WMIA Scholarship Program possible. Help fund a woodworking student, and support the future workforce of our industry.

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Any student or college-bound individual who is planning to enroll, or is currently enrolled, in a wood science or wood technology program is eligible to apply. Scholarship candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before July 1 of the year in which they will use the scholarship. They must have sufficient academic records to be accepted by an accredited college, junior college, or technical institute. Students already in college are also eligible to apply. The scholarship is to be used for the fall semester; it cannot be used for past expenses. If you will have finished school before the fall semester, you are not eligible.

There are no restrictions based upon the employment status or the sex, race, creed, or nationality of the candidate. Previous winners are eligible for a second award.


Academic success, interest, special abilities, and other factors are considered by judges to select their choice of scholarship recipients. Judges will give special consideration to candidates who plan careers in wood technology and related fields. The Board of Trustees for the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association Educational Foundation, Inc. judges all candidates.


The attachments which must accompany the completed form are:

  • A one-page letter telling us about your future aspirations and what qualifies you as a WMIA scholarship candidate.
  • A transcript of grades and credits through the most recent grading period (high school applicants) or transcripts covering a minimum of the previous two scholastic years.
  • A letter of recommendation from an employer or other professional with whom you have worked.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, or other educational professional.


The WMIA Educational Foundation is supported by contributions from business groups and individuals in the woodworking industry, and by the International Woodworking Fair. Contributions can be accepted at any time and in any amount, and are tax deductible. Appreciated stocks, bonds, and property should be considered for donation purposes. Consult your accountant or financial counselor to determine the best personal and business contribution for you. Donate to the Education Foundation.

Check out the 2021 scholarship recipients!

Please reach out to Olivia MacDonald, at [email protected], with any questions.