Helping you attend classes to carry on the tradition of weaving
The Vävstuga Scholarship Fund makes it possible for those who could not otherwise afford it to receive high quality weaving instruction. In this day of high-tech wizardry, traditional weavers are becoming an endangered species. Our program keeps craftsmanship alive and well in America.
Väv Basics Scholarships
If you are interested in attending a Basics class at Vävstuga Weaving School, but cannot afford it, the Vävstuga Scholarship Fund may just help by paying for you. If you meet the criteria, you are welcome to apply.
The Fund is sheltered by the Mary Lyon Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation in Shelburne Falls MA, and is dedicated to the furthering of weaving education. Its Trustees are: Lisa Bertoldi (MA); Mary Beebee (MA), Sarah Easton (VT), Anna-Lisa Thayer (MA) and Terry Slagel (SD). It is made possible by donations made in Susie Robbins’ memory, as well as the generosity of Vävstuga alumni. For more about how to donate, see below.
- The scholarship will be for the course tuition. Applicants are required to pay the course deposit fee to hold their place in the course. No scholarship shall exceed $850.
- Scholarships will be awarded to people who the trustees believe will benefit from the program based upon existing skills and skill needs.
- There will be a presumption that a person with a family income in excess of $50,000 per annum is not "in need" of a scholarship.
- Only one scholarship will be given to an individual during any 2-year period.
- Two references shall be required for each applicant.
- Scholarships shall be awarded on a nondiscriminatory basis: there shall be no restrictions or limitations based upon race, gender, employment status, or relationships.
- Each recipient will be required, within one month of the conclusion of the course taken, to write to the organization and describe his or her experience, including a statement of the quality and usefulness of the course.
How to Apply
To be considered for a Vävstuga Basics Scholarship, please submit the following:
- A completed application form
- A letter detailing your need for a scholarship
Väv Immersion Scholarships
Our unique semester-long comprehensive course includes challenging projects and extensive theory classes, resulting in an experience to be remembered for a lifetime. If you meet the scholarship criteria, you are welcome to apply.
We are honored to have received funding from the Ddora Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to benefit endeavors in the fine and applied arts, cultural preservation, and education. Ddora's generous support expanded the scholarship fund for this weaving intensive.
Väv Immersion students ages 18–35 are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
How to Apply
You can find the Väv Immersion Scholarship application on our Registration page.
How to Donate
We would love to accept your tax-deductible donation to the Vävstuga Scholarship Fund! Please make checks payable to the Mary Lyon Foundation, include "Vävstuga Scholarship Fund" in the memo field, and send by snailmail.