The DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship was founded in 2011 as a way to give back to the community by offering education assistance to three outstanding students. This scholarship recognizes undergraduate students who draw upon their cultural heritage to shape their vocational aspirations, add creative value to their future employers, and serve their communities.
In 2003, many people had a hard time imagining the words "Amish" and "Internet" as compatible. Yet when DutchCrafters founder Jim Miller was looking for products to sell on an e-commerce platform that year, he found them within his own Amish and Mennonite heritage. Amish made furniture represented integrity, authenticity and long-lasting value – precisely the alternative to cheap imported products that were flooding the Internet at that time. By offering a high level of customer service that matched the quality of the products, Miller was able to differentiate his brand through looking within his own heritage. Old and new were therefore brought together – heritage served as a context for innovation.
Whether you are in nursing, education, business or engineering, the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship recognizes that the potential for creative value often lies within that which has been passed along to you from previous generations.
How will you draw upon your cultural heritage to shape your vocational aspirations, offer creative value to your future employer, and serve your community?
The application deadline is May 2015 for the 2015-16 academic year. Scholarships received after this date will not be processed. DutchCrafters strictly adheres to the application deadline. Applications arriving at 12:01am or later on the morning after the deadline date will not be considered.
Recipients will be announced on the DutchCrafters Facebook page on July 1, 2015. A formal confirmation process will begin once winners are announced. Two reserve finalists will be selected by the scholarship committee in case winners cannot validate/support financial and academic claims/allegations made in their applications resulting in ineligibility.