Are you a woodworking enthusiast looking to turn your passion into a profession?

Perhaps you’re ready for a career change or a fresh start and would like to develop the skills required to utilize a natural asset of Appalachian Ohio – our native oak, hickory, black walnut, and other trees – to make and sell wood products in a profitable, sustainable way.

We can help. We are offering scholarships to The Community MakerSpace that include a full year MakerSpace membership (a $400 value) that will give you not only access to many of the tools you’ll need, but also lessons on how to use them and how to run a business.

Thanks to Rural Action, the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), and the Hocking Makers Network at Hocking College, we are able to offer full and partial scholarships to The Community MakerSpace at UpCycle Ohio in Athens.

Scholarship recipients must agree to attend a total of 10 trainings offered through ACEnet, Hocking College, or affiliated partners that will help them build a business or gain the skills necessary to produce a product. They will also need to meet with an ACEnet small business support specialist for a one-on-one meeting.

From creating and selling products to promoting your business through social media, the Appalachian Wood Craft Scholarship offers a wide array of courses to help you build your business. Click here for the full list.

Scholarships will be awarded based on a variety of factors ranging from economic need to the applicant’s desire to start a business.

If you have questions before filling out your application, reach out to Shannon at The Community MakerSpace.

Apply Here