PROVIDENCE – The Steel Yard, a nonprofit, is launching a new scholarship program in the industrial arts.
The merit-based awards provide four recipients with full course tuition and a materials stipend valued at more than $500. The awards are offered for open enrollment courses in ceramics, blacksmithing, welding and metal casting.
Nestled in the city’s Industrial Valley neighborhood, the Steel Yard has made providing subsidized industrial-arts courses an integral part of the its mission to cultivate creative experimentation. Seasonally, courses offered include welding, blacksmithing, ceramics, iron casting, and jewelry.
“Since we started our community course program 10-years ago, we have taught over 2,000 people how to weld, forge, throw, solder and cast metal,” said Islay Taylor, the Steel Yard’s program director. “Interest in these programs is strong throughout the region, and we have been increasing opportunities to meet demand. We are excited to be able to offer these scholarships to students who have a passion to learn, yet who are in need of financial assistance.”
Beginning this spring, scholarships will be offered on an annual/seasonal basis to individuals who show commitment to new or continued learning as well as a need for financial assistance. The scholarships are named in honor of the individuals who helped found the organization’s core educational departments.
The Allyn Scholarship in Ceramics, named after David Allyn, supports individuals eager to creatively explore ceramics. The Heintz Scholarship in Blacksmithing, named after Lu Heintz, gives preference to female applicants interested in pursuing metalworking. The Nadeau Scholarship in Welding, named after Nate Nadeau, gives preference to individuals between the ages of 15 and 22 with an interest in street art. The Kane Scholarship in Metals Casting, named after Christopher Kane, gives preference to high school aged applicants looking to explore metal casting.
Students can apply for the scholarships twice a year: April 1 for scholarships in ceramics and welding, and Aug. 1 for awards in blacksmithing and casting.