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Our Scholarship Sponsor Model

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Knowing Hand Scholarship Program: Empowering Marginalized Identities

At Knowing Hand, we are committed to fostering social equity and creating a woodworking community that celebrates diversity and inclusion. We understand that systemic barriers and financial constraints can disproportionately impact marginalized identities, limiting their access to educational opportunities. That's why we are proud to introduce our Scholarship Program, designed specifically to support individuals from underrepresented communities.

Our Scholarship Program provides a limited number of scholarship coupons that significantly reduce the cost of our woodworking courses. These scholarships are specifically earmarked for individuals who identify as part of marginalized identities, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups.

To ensure the sustainability of our program, we encourage those who are in a more financially stable position to consider paying it forward and sponsoring a scholarship. By choosing to donate, you directly contribute to increasing the number of available scholarships, creating more opportunities for aspiring woodworkers from marginalized backgrounds.

As a scholarship recipient, you will gain access to our comprehensive woodworking curriculum, hands-on workshops, and expert guidance for our lowest possible price. We aim to provide an empowering and supportive learning environment where you can hone your skills, express your creativity, and build meaningful connections within the woodworking community.

To apply for a scholarship, simply visit the class page you want to attend and complete the short scholarship application form. We believe in your ability to self-assess your financial situation, and no income verification is required. Our selection process prioritizes the principles of truthfulness, respect for complexity, and accountability, fostering a community built on trust and shared values.

Please note that the availability of scholarship coupons is limited. As donors generously contribute and pay it forward, we will continuously replenish our scholarship ticket inventory, ensuring that aspiring woodworkers from marginalized identities have the opportunity to pursue their passion without financial barriers.

Join us in our commitment to social equity and community empowerment through woodworking. Apply for our Scholarship Program or consider becoming a sponsor today. Together, we can create a more inclusive and diverse woodworking landscape where everyone's voices and talents can shine.

Where do I fit on the Sliding Scale?

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Top of the Scale

  • I am comfortably able to meet all of my basic* needs

  • I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs

  • I own my home or property OR I rent a higher-end property

  • I own or lease a car

  • I am employed or do not need to work to meet my needs

  • I have regular access to health care

  • I have access to financial savings

  • I have an expendable** income

  • I can always buy new items

  • I can afford an annual vacation or take time off

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Middle of the Scale

  • I may stress about meeting my basic needs but still regularly achieve them

  • I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs

  • I own or lease a car

  • I am employed

  • I have access to health care

  • I might have access to financial savings

  • I have some expendable income

  • I am able to buy some new items & I thrift others

  • I can take a vacation annually or every few years without financial burden

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Bottom of the Scale

  • I frequently stress about meeting basic needs & don’t always achieve them

  • I have debt and it sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs

  • I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing

  • I do not have a car and/or have limited access to a car but I am not always able to afford gas

  • I am unemployed or underemployed

  • I qualify for government assistance including food stamps & health care

  • I have no access to savings

  • I have no or very limited expendable income

  • I rarely buy new items because I am unable to afford them

  • I cannot afford a vacation or have the ability to take time off without financial burden

* Basic Needs include food, housing, health care, and transportation.
** Expendable Income might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the movies or a concert, buy new clothes, books, and similar items each month, etc.

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