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Natural Stone Institute Accepting Scholarship Applications

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Natural Stone Institute Accepting Scholarship Applications

Posted on 14 June 2018 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute has two scholarships available for emerging professionals in the natural stone industry. The application deadline for these scholarships is July 20, 2018.

The  Natural Stone Scholarship provides educational opportunities for aspiring fabricators, installers, or administrative apprentices interested in furthering their careers within the natural stone industry. Funds are made through the generous donations of Natural Stone Institute members worldwide. Applications are reviewed by a committee of the Board of Directors, staff, and industry veterans.

The scholarship will cover travel and registration costs for one or more recipients to TISE 2018, the natural stone industry’s premier exhibition and education event, and the Natural Stone Institute’s Annual Meeting. Attendance at TISE 2018 and the Annual Meeting offers the scholarship winner the opportunity to gain valuable technical and practical knowledge, meet and network with leading stone professionals, deepen his or her commitment to a career in the stone industry, and explore his or her potential for future leadership.

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship includes an all-expenses paid trip to one of the following industry events: TISE, Coverings or Natural Stone Institute Study Tour. The winner will be given the opportunity to gain valuable technical and practical knowledge to deepen her commitment to a career in the stone industry and explore her potential for leadership. The winner will also be given a chance to shadow industry professionals within different sectors of the stone industry, including quarriers, distributors, fabricators, installers, and equipment suppliers.

Scholarship requirements and applications can be found on the Natural Stone Institute website.

You may also be interested in this article about Natural Stone Institute Awards call for entries.

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MIA+BSI Announces Calls for Entries for Industry Awards

Posted on 08 May 2017 by cradmin

MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute announced that the entry period for several industry recognition awards is now open. MIA+BSI members may apply for the following awards. SliderImg-02

The Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award, sponsored by Polycor and TexaStone Quarries honors an individual who has performed outstanding stone fabrication and/or installation over a period of many years. The deadline for submissions for this award is Friday, June 23.

The Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement is awarded to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the natural stone industry and the association. Submission deadline is Friday, July 7.

The Natural Stone Scholarship is sponsored by Coldspring and Delaware Quarries, Inc., this scholarship will provide a trip to TISE 2018 to an aspiring fabricator, installer, or administrative apprentice. Submission deadline is Friday, July 14.

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship recognizes an MIA+BSI member with a strong passion to grow their career. Submission deadline is Friday, August 4.

The Women in Stone Pioneer Award recognizes an advocate within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retaining and advancing women. The winner’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable, and inspirational. Submission deadline is Friday, August 11.

More information about industry recognition awards can be found on the Natural Stone Institute’s website.

You may also be interested in this article about the Coverings 2017 CID Award winners and Rock Stars.

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Deadline Approaching for NRF Scholarships

Posted on 25 January 2017 by CRadmin2

Among the many helpful organizations supporting the construction industry is the National Remodeling Foundation (NRF). The NRF seeks to advance the remodeling industry by providing educational opportunities to those interested in the form of scholarships. At the beginning of each year, the foundation accepts applications from anyone who wishes to pursue a career within the industry, and this year, the deadline for submission is February 15.

Before the end of spring, representatives from the NRF will look over all of the applications, and those who qualify will be notified by May 30. The scholarship funds will then be available within the next 12 months after July 2017. The money can then be used to pay for college courses leading to a degree or certification related to the remodeling industry or for certification programs sponsored by any of the following associations: the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The amount of each scholarship varies from $500 to $2,000, depending on the individual’s circumstances and chosen educational programs, and the money is sent directly to the institution offering the courses. Applicants who are turned down are encouraged to try again the following year by submitting a new application, which is available on the NRF website.

All scholarship applications must be accompanied by two letters of reference, one personal and one professional, and a copy of the applicant’s most recent tax return. If the applicant is under the age of 18, his or her parents’ most recent tax return will be required.

The NRF was founded as a charitable organization with a threefold mission:

  1. Advance professionalism in the remodeling industry
  2. Offer educational opportunities within the industry
  3. Provide humanitarian aid to people affected by natural disasters or other tragedies

“At its core, the National Remodeling Foundation exists to support and encourage individuals who are as passionate about the remodeling industry as we are,” said NRF President Steve Kleber. “We are continually seeking those from younger generations to find new ways to market, grow and ultimately give back to our community. The NRF is proud to support these students and anticipates positive, mutually rewarding opportunities to stem from our relationships with them.”

The latest three scholarship winners were reported to be studying Furnishings & Interiors at the University of Georgia, Interior Design at the University of Pittsburgh and Architectural Design & Drafting at Portland Community College.

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MIA+BSI Women in Stone Introduces Award and Scholarship

Posted on 20 July 2016 by cradmin

MIA+BSI Women In StoneWomen in Stone introduced two new opportunities to promote the program’s efforts to support women in the stone industry, the Women in Stone Pioneer Award and the Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship.

The Women in Stone Pioneer Award will recognize an advocate within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retaining and advancing women. The winner’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable and inspirational. “The Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has ventured into the unknown to educate and empower women in our industry,” commented Women in Stone co-chair Allyson Humphries of M S International. Co-chair Kim Dumais of Miller Druck Specialty Contracting agrees, stating, “There are many individuals within our industry who go above and beyond to educate and elevate women. This award has been established to acknowledge those individuals and recognize them publicly for their efforts.”

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship will provide an MIA+BSI member with an all-expense paid trip to a 2017 industry event (TISE, Coverings, or an MIA+BSI study tour). The winner will also be able to shadow industry professionals during the event, in order to gain a better understanding of different sectors of the industry. Applicants should be a first-time attendee of the chosen event, and should have between 2-5 years of stone industry experience. Dumais remarked, “The Empowerment Scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity that otherwise may not be accessible to women in the industry. The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to be personally guided, mentored, and exposed to all aspects of our industry.” According to Humphries, “The scholarship is the perfect vehicle for the woman who needs a kick-start to her career and wants to learn more about our industry.”

Nominations for the Pioneer Award and applications for the Empowerment Scholarship must be received by Friday, September 9, 2016. Forms are available at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/womeninstone.

You may also be interested in the next MIA Stone Summit and other events listed on our calendar.

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Deadline for 2015 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Approaches

Posted on 18 June 2015 by cradmin

For those interested in applying for the 2015 Marble Institute of America’s (MIA) Natural Stone Scholarship, the deadline is quickly approaching. Applications must be received no later than July 17. This scholarship is open to aspiring fabricators, installers and administrative apprentices who have less than five years’ experience in the natural stone industry and work for an MIA member company. Applicants should submit a completed application form, along with a 250-500 word essay describing their commitment to the natural stone industry and a letter of recommendation from their employer. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide new stone professionals the chance to gain technical and practical knowledge, network and explore their future leadership potential. It also covers travel and registration expenses for StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2016, held Jan. 19 to 22, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners will also attend MIA’s annual meeting. This year’s scholarship is sponsored by Coldspring and will be awarded in January 2016.

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ISFA to Start Mike Nolan Scholarship Fund

Posted on 03 December 2014 by cradmin

Mike Nolan, former ISFA education director and board member

Mike Nolan, former ISFA education director and board member

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is creating the Mike Nolan Scholarship fund, in honor of the late ISFA education director and board member. “This scholarship recognizes the tireless efforts by Mike to educate, train and serve ISFA members,” stated an announcement from the association. “Mike was a life-long member of ISFA. He served on the Board of Directors and was Education Director as well as an overall mentor and friend.”

Nolan’s wife Terry donated a significant amount of money to begin a scholarship on behalf of her husband that will help high school students pursue a career in the trades. The association is seeing other donations to add to the fund and those interested may contact ISFA at [email protected] or call (412) 487-3207.

Read More About This Great Opportunity for Charitable Giving Here.

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