The DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship was founded in 2011 as a way to give back to the community by offering education assistance to two outstanding students. This scholarship recognizes undergraduate students who draw upon their cultural heritage to shape their vocational aspirations, add creative value to their future employers, and serve their communities.
For the 2019-2020 school year, DutchCrafters Amish Furniture will be awarding each of two outstanding students $500 to further their educational goals.
In 2003, many people had a hard time imagining the words "Amish" and "Internet" as compatible. Yet when DutchCrafters founder Jim Miller was looking for products to sell on an e-commerce platform that year, he found them within his own Amish and Mennonite heritage. Amish made furniture represented integrity, authenticity and long-lasting value – precisely the alternative to cheap imported products that were flooding the Internet at that time. By offering a high level of customer service that matched the quality of the products, Miller was able to differentiate his brand through looking within his own heritage. Old and new were therefore brought together – heritage served as a context for innovation.
Whether you are in nursing, education, business or engineering, the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship recognizes that the potential for creative value often lies within that which has been passed along to you from previous generations.
Students that are eligible for the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Scholarship must meet the subsequent conditions below.
1) Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States of America.
2) Be a U.S. citizen or maintain legal residency within the United States.
3) Have achieved a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
4) Must have applied for federal financial aid (FAFSA).
5) Excluded from consideration are employees and relatives of employees of JMX Brands, the company that owns DutchCrafters.