Scholarship applications for 2021-2022 classes are available here.
Each year, the Folk School awards a limited number of scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial limitations. Scholarships provide partial or full financial support for tuition, housing and meals.
We accept applications throughout the year on our SlideRoom application site. Your application typically takes two weeks to be processed and our staff will match your request to one of the scholarships described below.
Please be advised that although a scholarship can cover tuition, housing and meals, it does not cover the cost of class material fees or transportation to the Folk School. The Atlanta airport shuttle can be scheduled in advance through the Folk School for $130 each way.
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FOLK SCHOOL-FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS
Folk School Tuition-Only Scholarships provide financial support to those who need help covering the cost of tuition for any full-price, weekend or weeklong class at the Folk School. Tuition scholarships are awarded according to financial need and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Folk School Full Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, housing and meals for any full-price, weekend or weeklong class. Full scholarships are intended to support individuals who are actively involved in the preservation of traditional craft, music and dance, use craft for philanthropic purposes, are studying or teaching craft, are working towards practicing craft on a professional or semi-professional level and/or live in the Appalachian region.
Craft & Visual Art Scholarship
Scholarships for students of craft or visual art have generously been provided by Windgate Foundation. Generally applicable program areas are: Basketry and Gourds; Beads; Blacksmithing; Book Arts; Broom Making; Calligraphy; Chair Seats; Clay; Dolls & Bears; Drawing; Dyeing; Enameling; Felt Making; Glass; Jewelry; Kaleidoscopes; Knitting & Crochet; Lace; Leather; Marbling; Metalwork; Mixed Media; Needlework & Thread Art; Painting; Paper Art; Photography; Printmaking; Quilting; Rugs; Sewing; Soap Making; Spinning; Stone, Sculpture & Mosaics; Surface Design; Weaving; Woodcarving; Woodturning; Woodworking; and craft or visual art classes in our Unique Offerings category.
Thanks to generous Folk School instructors who donate their Instructor Resource (a class voucher that is earned while teaching), the following scholarships are available. These Instructor-Funded Scholarships change regularly, so check back periodically for scholarship opportunities.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Scholarship
Tuition, room and board for a weekend or weeklong class for black, indigenous, and artists of color.
Thanks to generous donors funding individual scholarships and endowing perpetual scholarships, the following scholarships are currently available. Donor-Funded Scholarship balances change regularly, so check back periodically for scholarship opportunities.
Blue Ridge Potters Guild Scholarships
Thanks to the Guild, residents of Virginia in need of financial assistance to participate in a clay class may apply for one of these two scholarships covering tuition, housing and meals.
Danny Wilson Dance Scholarship
Two dance class scholarships have been funded by those who cared for Danny Wilson and his family. Danny worked and played (and danced!) at the Folk School for decades, and these tuition, housing and meals scholarships honor his memory.
David Rakoff Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship celebrates the life of David Rakoff who was a student, a dear friend of the Folk School, and a member of its board of directors. In a New York Times article, David wrote about the school "The Week I spent there is as close as it gets to my idea of paradise." The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals for a weekend or weeklong class.
Foundrae-Broken English Enameling Scholarship
Upon taking a weekend enameling class at the Folk School, Beth Bugdaycay, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Foundrae, and Laura Freedman, Founder of Broken English, were moved to donate 10 tuition scholarships for week-long enameling classes to promote this craft to others who may otherwise be unable to attend.
Jim Davis Woodcarving Scholarship
This woodcarving scholarship honors the memory of Jim Davis, who was a long-time supporter of the Folk School and a passionate woodcarver. It covers the cost of tuition, housing and meals to attend a weekend or week-long woodcarving class.
Jim Davis Woodworking Scholarship
This woodworking scholarship honors the memory of Jim Davis, who was a long-time supporter of the Folk School and a passionate woodworker. It covers the cost of tuition, housing and meals to attend a week-long woodworking class.
Judith MacKenzie Fiber Scholarship
With this scholarship, Katherine Montgomery honors instructor Judith MacKenzie, who not only loves the Folk School, but inspires and encourages her students to reach for new heights. This scholarship covers tuition, housing and meals for a student in need of financial assistance in order to attend a weaving, spinning, or basketry class.
Kathryn Bird Memorial Scholarship
Kathryn Bird generously provided for the Folk School's future in her will and, in her memory, this scholarship provides people who would otherwise be unable to attend the opportunity to experience all that she loved about the school. It covers the cost of tuition, housing and meals to attend a week or weekend class.
Margaret C. Toth Memorial Weaving Scholarship
This weaving scholarship honors the memory of the late Margaret C. Toth, an avid weaver who first learned to weave at the Folk School. It covers the cost of tuition, housing and meals for a weekend or week-long class.
Occupational Therapist Scholarship
A former Folk School instructor who is grateful for the occupational therapy she received has funded a scholarship covering tuition, housing and meals for a week-long class for either an occupational therapy student or practicing occupational therapist.
Rob Bixler/Wren Smith Interpretive Naturalist Scholarship
This scholarship benefits professional interpretive naturalists and environmental educators working at local/community nature centers in the US. It covers tuition, housing and meals for any weeklong class.
Willard Baxter Woodturning Scholarship
This scholarship was created by friends of Willard Baxter, a former Resident Artist and long-time instructor at the Folk School, to honor his memory and to promote the woodturning craft he loved. It covers tuition, housing and meals for any weeklong class.
Winter Dance & Music Week Work Exchange
Each year the Folk School awards 6 work exchange scholarships for Winter Dance Week to those who would not otherwise be able to attend due to financial limitations. The work exchange program allows students the opportunity to work in exchange for a tuition waiver.