RIO GRANDE — Members of the Western Ohio Woodworkers Club presented scholarships to two students from the University of Rio Grande’s Fine Wood Working Technology program. Senior Justin Rogers was awarded the Western Ohio Woodworkers scholarship, while Senior Ryan Wynne received the Harris Bartine Scholarship.
WOW has been awarding Rio students with a scholarship for the past decade in memory of member and professional woodworker, George Reid.
Gary Terborg, vice president of the club, said the Dayton-based WOW tries to inspire craftsmen and create awareness and respect for the art.
“Woodworking is becoming a lost art,” Terborg said. “We want to keep woodworking going in America and encourage a new generation of woodworkers. We want to see more people take it up because those of us who do woodworking really love the craft, and we are happy to give this scholarship to Rio students because we feel this the best program for professional woodworking we have found in the state of Ohio”
Rogers said he is excited to receive the scholarship, and is grateful to WOW’s dedication to Rio.
“WOW believes in Rio’s woodworking program and they have been beyond supportive. It’s an honor to be selected for the scholarship,” Rogers said.
Harris Bartine said he was inspired to create his own scholarship because he believed in the program and the hard work and dedication of its students.
“Providing these scholarships are a great way to pass on the craft,” Bartine said. “When I came down here and met the instructors and saw the work, I decided this was a great program to provide with a scholarship, so I created one in my name.”
Wynne said he is glad the club took notice of his work and selected him for the scholarship.
“The scholarship is really helpful and I’m grateful WOW wants to help further my education,” Wynne said.
Mark Nelson, fine woodworking instructor, said his students are being recognized for their work.
“We try to build the best foundation of the woodworking world as possible so our students can use it as a spring board to pursue a career in woodworking,” Nelson said. “I’m extremely proud of the candidates for the scholarships. They’ve achieved some really great things.”
Nelson said students are selected for these scholarships each fall, and receive the award near the end of the fall semester.
Jessica Patterson is a communications specialist with the Universtiy of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College.