The Internet Craftsmanship Museum Presents:

The Young Artisan Scholarship Program

To provide specialized training for those wishing to improve their skills in order to work with their hands

Benjamin Roth of Elgin, ND was the first recipient of a $5000 scholarship to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where he will be a freshman in the Fall semester of 2008. One of his goals is to learn the skills needed to restore and maintain vintage farm and industrial equipment. He is already an outstanding machinist and foundryman. Benjamin is shown receiving his award as winner of the Youth Craftsmanship Division of the Sherline Machinist's Challenge contest in Toledo in April, 2008. An entry in the contest is the portfolio by which is qualification for the scholarship is judged.

About the Program...

The following program was announced at the 2007 North American Model Engineering Expo in Toledo, Ohio on April 23, 2007. Following is the press release that was handed out to the crowd and the media:

Joe Martin Foundation Announces Young Artisan Scholarship Program

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous at this time has offered to contribute $5000.00 for a trial scholarship program to be administered by the Joe Martin Foundation for the express purpose of improving the skills of young artisans who show exceptional promise in the field of metalworking. Future awards will be dependent upon the success of the 2008 contest submissions and the willingness of others to contribute to this worthy program. The goal is to encourage and help produce new craftsmen to replace those leaving the trades. The Joe Martin Foundation will advise on the selection of appropriate individuals and administer the transfer of the funds to the school or program selected by and for the artisan. The foundation welcomes the contributions of others who may wish to help worthy young artisans gain access to advanced training. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the US Tax Code.

Amount of scholarship: $5000.00. The scholarship funding is a one-time contribution for one year only, and not for the entire duration of the training program if it lasts longer than one year. The artisan must be prepared through his or her own resources or other scholarships to continue or complete extended training. Winners may receive help from the Foundation in finding financial support for subsequent terms, particularly in cases where need and/or special merit indicate.

Funding: Funds will be paid directly to the qualified educational organization—a diploma-, degree- or certificate-granting institution, including high school, trade school, college, university or other appropriate organization—attended by the artisan. The student must meet the school's criteria for admission, attendance, continued enrollment and graduation. The applicant should have the discipline and ability to do satisfactory "book work" but need not excel at it. The competition is open to any applicant regardless of age, gender, race, etc., as long as the attitude and aptitude to learn, practice and share skills is evident. Ideally, this funding will help give uniquely talented applicants educational opportunities that would not otherwise be available to them.

Determining factors for Selection for 2009 winner:

1. This is an event to find the best of the upcoming craftsmen who have the ability to produce a complex project from conception to completion and not for beginners who have a casual interest in craftsmanship. To prove their ability they must enter a project in the 2009 machinist's Challenge Contest and also be willing to be interviewed to determine their skill level. The entry must be a metal mechanical project that exhibits a high level of skill in design, planning, metalworking and related skills.

2. The project must have been built by the artisan with no help from others.

3. Original designs built from scratch are favored over projects utilizing kit parts.

4. The entrant must have an interest, desire and intent to develop these skills to a professional level.

5. He or she must be able to pursue an apprenticeship or trade school program without family or other readily foreseeable conflicts interrupting it.

6. He or she must be a citizen of the United States of America.

7. Because the Foundation is dedicated to supporting metalworking at the small end of the size scale, the qualifying contest entry for the scholarship must conform to the 2008 Machinist's Challenge contest rules. These rules and more about the contest are available on-line at at

Questions about the program may be addressed to Craig Libuse at

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