NBG Scholarships for 2015


The 2015 scholarship winners are:
Susi Nuss Scholarship for professional basketmakers: JoAnn Kelly Catsos
Bill Pope Scholarship for general members: Peggy Thrasher


NBG Scholarships for 2016


Susi Nuss Scholarship (for professional basketmakers) $500

Bill Pope Scholarship (for general members) $500


In 2016, the Northeast Basketmakers Guild is awarding a total of two scholarships: the Susi Nuss Scholarship for professional basketmakers and the Bill Pope Scholarship for general membership. 


The Northeast Basketmakers Guild will annually grant two $500.00 scholarships to members for educational pursuits directly relating to basketry.  These awards are being made to advance the founders’ original stated goal of "furthering interest and knowledge of the field of basketry".  One scholarship will be granted to a general member, and a second will be granted to a member whose primary profession is basketmaking or is a current basketry instructor.  Financial need is not a requirement.


Applicants are required to have had a paid NBG membership for the previous two years.  For example, if you are applying for the March 2016 scholarship, you must be an NBG member for all of 2014 and 2015.  NBG members may apply for a scholarship every year.  However, once a member has won a scholarship, they may not apply again for three years. For example, a scholarship winner in 2015, may not apply again until 2018.  All applications must be submitted no later than March 31.  The scholarship winners will be announced at the next NBG Annual Meeting.  The scholarship certificates will be issued at that time.  NBG membership must be maintained until the completion of all scholarship obligations.


The educational pursuit must be completed within two years.  The winners will be required to share the educational experiences that this grant facilitated with the general membership in two ways.  First, they must write a newsletter article.  Second, at the Gathering or Summer Retreat, they will either provide a display, provide a demonstration, or teach a class, sharing what they learned.


For both scholarships, please fill out the one application.  Indicate the scholarship for which you are applying.  Please convince the scholarship review committee that you should be chosen to receive the award.  If there are any questions or problems in filling out the application, please contact Mary Jo Rushlow, NBG President. 


Upon receipt, each application will be numbered. The first page of the application will be removed to preserve confidentiality.  A panel of NBG members will then judge the applications.  Clarity and detail is important.


 The NBG reserves the right to withhold a scholarship if in the opinion of the review committee none of the applications warrant the award.


Scholarship guidelines, suggestions and sample applications.