- DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage ScholarshipIntroductionThe DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship was founded in 2011 as a way to give back to the community by offering education assistance to five 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.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.How will you draw upon your cultural heritage to shape your vocational aspirations, offer creative value to your future employer, and serve your communityScholarship Amount:For the 2014-15 academic year, the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship will award Three scholarships of $500 each. Disbursements of the award will be made in two increments of $250 each – one for the first semester and one for the second semester of the academic year. The award payment will be forward by DutchCrafters directly to the college or university for distribution. Awards are for undergraduate study only.The actual award amount will not exceed the total cost of the student's tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board and other allowable expenses, less other gift aid known at the time of application. The scholarship award is contingent upon full-time enrollment.Who's Eligible?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) in 2013.5) Excluded from consideration are employees and relatives of employees of JMX USA, the company that owns DutchCrafters.Award Selection Criteria:Students from all disciplines and fields of study are invited to apply. Scholarship recipients are selected based on the following factors:1) Academic achievement and financial need2) GPA of 3.0 or higher3) The essay component of the applicationScholarship Selection:Scholarship recipients will be selected by the scholarship committee appointed by JMX USA, which includes JMX USA employees and appointed volunteers based on the criteria stated above. All scholarship recipients may be subject to a criminal background check. Recipients of a DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship shall not commit any act that indicates dishonesty or moral turpitude or that otherwise could materially injure the DutchCrafters reputation. If such an act is committed by a DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship recipient, the award shall immediately be revoked. In no instance will any Director or Officer of JMX USA play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.Application Deadline:DutchCrafters strictly adheres to the application deadline. Applications arriving at 12:01am or later on the morning after the deadline date will not be considered.Application Forms:The application consists of three parts:Part 1) ApplicationPart 2) Statement of Financial NeedPart 3) 750 Word EssayEssays are expected to be written in a formal paragraph form. Spelling and grammar will be considered in selecting the top essays. Style and creativity will also be taken into account.Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Furthermore, DutchCrafters will not assume the responsibility of notifying applicants that their application is incomplete. DutchCrafters will not confirm or verify individual submission queries.All application forms can be downloaded at DutchCrafters.com and mailed to:DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship1877 Porter Lake DriveSarasota, Florida 34240Applications must be mailed and may not be faxed or emailed.Scholarship Award Notification:Recipients will be announced on the DutchCrafters Facebook page on July 1, 2014. A formal confirmation process will begin once winners are announced. Two reserve finalists will be selected by the scholarship committee in case winners cannot validate/support financial and academic claims/allegations made in their applications resulting in ineligibility.