Jack Romine Scholarship

Steven Slusarski receiving his 2018 Jack Romine Scholarship Award from Board Member, Ron Hock

Steven Slusarski receiving his 2018 Jack Romine Scholarship Award from Board Member, Ron Hock

The 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 The Krenov School (formerly 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 can apply for the Jack Romine Scholarship. The winner of the 2018 Scholarship of $5000 is Steven Slusarski

Previous winners of the Jack Romine Scholarship



David Welter Scholarship

David Welter and Erin Irber 2018 Scholarship winner

David Welter and Erin Irber 2018 Scholarship winner

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 a good friend of James Krenov, has written many articles on woodworking, and is a former member of the Board of The Krenov Foundation.

Once applicants are selected for a second year at The Krenov School Fine Woodworking program they each become eligible to apply for the 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 2018 Scholarship of $3000 is Erin Irber

Previous winners of the David Welter Scholarship 


Smith-Sorenson Scholarships

From left to right, Clay Craig long time Krenov Foundation supporter with 2018 Smith-Sorenson Scholarship winners Scott Nelson and Matt Pool

From left to right, Clay Craig long time Krenov Foundation supporter with 2018 Smith-Sorenson Scholarship winners Scott Nelson and Matt Pool

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 The Krenov School Fine Woodworking Program and a second year student to receive Smith-Sorenson Scholarships, based on Merit and Need. The winners of 2018 Smith-Sorenson $2500 Scholarships are Matt Pool and Scott Nelson

Previous Winners of Smith-Sorenson Scholarships


Peter Mich Scholarships for Women in Woodworking

From left to right Erin Irber, Laura Mays (School Director) and Emily Tillotson

From left to right Erin Irber, Laura Mays (School Director) and Emily Tillotson

Thanks to a grant from the McDougal Family Foundation in honor of Peter Mich, its recently retired Executive Director, The Krenov Foundation has been able to offer $3500 scholarships to women entering the school’s program in either the first or second year. One scholarship was offered in 2017 and two in 2018. As with our Awards, Merit and need are the primary selection criteria. The winners of the 2018 Peter Mich Scholarships are Emily Tillotson and Erin Irber

Previous Winners of Peter Mich Scholarships



The Matt Mercaro Award

Matt Mecaro

Matt Mecaro

In 2017 we lost Matt Mecaro shortly after graduation. In his honor the Mecaro family has donated generously to the Krenov Foundation.

Beyond his skills as craftsman the school’s faculty remember Matt for his generosity and unselfish willingness to offer help and encouragement to all his fellow classmates. In this spirit the Foundation has established the Matt Mecaro Award in his honor. The awardee is selected annually by the School’s faculty; it goes to the student who best exemplifies Matt’s generosity and unselfish willingness to do his best to foster a spirit of community

To date two awardees have been selected: Josh Sterns for 2018 and Matt Pool for 2019. Both are shown below seated on the Mecaro Bench which was created by his friends and classmates in 2017. It sits at the entrance to school’s benchroom.

2018: Josh Sterns

2018: Josh Sterns

2019: Matt Pool

2019: Matt Pool