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.
For the 2017-2018 school year, DutchCrafters Amish Furniture will be awarding each of three outstanding students $500 to further their educational goals.
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
The application deadline is May 1, 2017 for the 2017-18 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
Recipients will be announced on the DutchCrafters Facebook page on July
1, 2017. 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.
Click here to read about the 2016 scholarship winners.
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