NOTE:  Applications are now closed for Gathering scholarships.  Each year ISGB offers a number of scholarships to qualifying members to enable them to attend the Gathering. A special International Scholarship exists to lend encouragement and financial assistance for our members outside North America to experience the Gathering. The ISGB Scholarship Committee is co-chaired by President Kendra Bruno, Vice President Alethia Donathan and long time member, Lewis Wilson.

Each scholarship award consists of a waived conference fee, one night’s hotel lodging, and $100 travel stipend. The International Scholarship provides a waived conference fee, one night’s hotel lodging, and a $500 stipend to help offset international travel expenses. Scholarship recipients will be notified prior to the conference, however, all stipends are presented at the Gathering and are not distributed before. A member may receive only one ISGB scholarship in his or her lifetime. All Scholarships have the same application criteria.

A signed scholarship packet with the materials stated below should be mailed to ARRIVE NO LATER THAN Saturday, FEBRUARY 27, 2010. All materials should be mailed to:

Scholarship Committee

85 E Gay St, Suite 707
Columbus, OH 43215

Questions?  Address them to: Alethia Donathan, vp @ (remove spaces).

To apply for an ISGB, Chapter or International scholarship:

  • Applicants must be a current ISGB member. New members joining after January 31, 2010 will not be eligible until 2011.
  • Applicants MUST submit an Artist Statement, which should also include their vision and inspiration in addition to a one-page essay explaining how they expect to benefit from attending the Gathering and what they hope to return to the bead making community from their experience at the Gathering.
  • Three (3) images of your work submitted to admin @ (remove spaces). Label each image in numerical order with last name: - example (01_Smith.jpg) etc. Images must be in .jpg Format. Each image maximum 1000 pixels any direction, and maximum 1MB
  • Three letters of recommendation must accompany the application.   
  • The recipient MUST donate one bead to the Silent Auction.
  • Recipients MUST attend the entire Gathering (Thursday AM-Sunday PM) and volunteer at least 8 hours. 
  • Recipients MUST attend the General Meeting on Thursday.
  • A completed Gathering Registration form with optional event and workshop requests and any payment needed to cover those requests must be sent once the scholarship is awarded to the Gathering registrar.
  • In the event that the recipient does not fulfill their obligation, ISGB will revoke the scholarship award and stipend.
  • Each recipient is required to write and submit a short article (500 words maximum) for The Glass Bead Fall issue on his or her Gathering experience.
Scholarship award winners will be announced by March 10, 2010.


Scholarship Application downloadable form here
(Please click on the blue link)