The Krenov Foundation makes several scholarship awards to students entering both the first and second years of study at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in Fort Bragg.
•Jack Romine Scholarship. $5000. To an incoming first year student.
• Smith-Sorenson Scholarship. $2500 to an incoming first year student. $2500 to an incoming second year student.
• Welter Scholarship. $3000. To an incoming second year student.
Details on how to apply for these awards in the 2017-18 academic year will be posted on this page in March 2017.
Jack Romine Scholarship
The Jack Romine Scholarship was endowed in memory of Jack Romine, a skilled amateur woodworker who greatly admired fine craftsmanship and the beauty of wood. Each year one first-year student at College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking program is selected to receive this $5,000 award based on merit and need. All first year applicants accepted to the program, a process which takes place in the Spring prior to the next school year, can apply for the Jack Romine Scholarship.
The winner of the 2016 Scholarship of $5000 is Bec Evans who is currently enrolled as first year student at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program. Bec comes to the Program from Australia, where she trained as an architect.
Previous winners of the Jack Romine Scholarship
David Welter Scholarship
The David Welter Scholarship was created in David Welter’s name as a way to honor the many years David dedicated his time and energy to students. He retired from College of the Redwoods in the summer of 2016. David attended the CR Fine Woodworking Program from 1982-1984, then, for over 30 years, he worked at the school performing all the indispensable duties that kept students and other staff moving forward — and then some, as well as teaching summer workshops. David maintains his own woodshop, was good friend of James Krenov’s, has written many articles on woodworking, and is a member of the Board of The Krenov Foundation.
Once applicants are selected for a second year at College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking program they each become eligible to receive a scholarship. Using merit and need as primary criteria, The Krenov Foundation’s Scholarship Committee then selects the recipient of the annual $3,000 David Welter Scholarship.
The winner of the 2016 David Welter Scholarship is Tom Lees, who receives $3000.
The Smith-Sorenson Scholarships were created in honor of teaching woodworkers Greg Smith and Todd Sorenson. Both Smith and Sorenson are exceptional and tireless woodworkers who dedicate their time to teaching and to encouraging others to pursue the craft of fine woodworking.
Greg Smith was a member of the 1992 & 1993 class of the CR Fine Woodworking Program. His many years of professional woodworking include an artist-in-residency at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, while at the same time creating award-winning fine furniture. Todd Sorenson is a “reformed aerospace engineer” who was a member of classes 2001 and 2013. He took over from David Welter as the workshop manager in summer 2016.
Each year TKF Scholarship Committee selects a first year student at CR Woodworking Fine Furniture Program to receive $2,500 and a second year student to receive a $3,000 Smith-Sorenson Scholarship, based on merit and need.