A scholarship submission will consist of one (1) electronically submitted photograph of a grouping of glass product, a brief description of that work, a price list, and a brief description of the maker’s business.

The American Trade Bead / ISGB Gathering Design Scholarship committee is co-chaired by Harold Williams Cooney, Kendra Bruno, Angie Ramey, and Nikki Haverstock.

Submissions will be judged by a panel consisting of three chairs; the Studio for the American Trade Bead, the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, and an Industry Professionals Panel. Individual submissions will be given a score from each chair; highest score will win the scholarship.

Glass workers who wish to see their work critiqued and scored, but cannot attend the Gathering, those that do not feel themselves in need of financial assistance, or those members of the ATB/ISGB that are ineligible for the scholarship, are strongly encouraged to submit an application purely as a creative, professional exercise.

All submissions will be posted, once the jury process is finalized. All decisions made by the Panel are considered final.

This Scholarship Award Will Include:

  • Full 2014 Gathering registration fee
  • Hotel accommodations for the length of a class and conference, not to exceed Monday to Monday
  • Transportation stipend not to exceed $500
  • One class at the Gathering
  • One full table at the Bead Bazaar
  • $40 stipend, per day, to assist with food cost. Will be given for each day of class and conference, not to exceed Tuesday to Sunday
  • $100 in ISGB Bead Bucks which can be used in the Technical Vendor area during the conference
  • Assistance in marketing the work submitted
  • Potentially more benefits to be mentioned at a later date  

All stipends will be presented at the 2014 Gathering.

Submission deadline is January 10, 2014, and all materials should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “ATB Scholarship” in the subject line. To Apply for the American Trade Bead / ISGB Gathering Design Scholarship:

  • Applicants must be a current ISGB member in good standing. New members joining, or lapsed members renewing, after January 1, 2014 will not be eligible.
  • Design and produce a collection of stylized glass work, submit one (1) image of that work as a collection to win.
  • No less than five (5) designs. The presentation may be all beads, or it may include a wider variety of objects such as pendants, brooches, bracelets, hair pins, marbles, vessels, etc.
  • Separate components that are used together to create one larger object will be considered one (1) item. A strand or set of beads will count as one (1) item. A jar with a lid is one (1) item. A marble with stand is one (1) item. Three (3) unconnected beads in similar styles, but different sizes, would be considered three (3) items.
  • Items are to be grouped together into a single-frame photo; no split frame, angle shots, or close ups. The image should convey that you are a skilled professional glass worker who is ready to sell product.
  • Product description: One paragraph describing the glass work in the photograph. This paragraph should describe aesthetic, process and notable item characteristics including availability, and information on where the applicant’s work can be purchased.
  • Price list: A retail price list in US Dollars ($) for all the items shown in the photograph.
  • Business Description: One paragraph describing the applicant’s business, including personal history and the history of the company.

All submissions will become property of the ISGB for use on the Internet, in publications, etc. Additional questions can be sent to Nikki Haverstock at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Required of the Recipient

  • The recipient is required to attend the entire 2014 Gathering (Thursday AM to Sunday PM).
  • The recipient is required to attend the General Membership Meeting on Thursday.
  • The recipient is required to write and submit a short article (500 words maximum) on his/her Gathering experience for ISGB use.

The Fine Print

  • Conference registration materials and/or conference payment should not be sent with this application.
  • The artist awarded this scholarship will be notified by Friday, March 14, 2014, and will be sent a special registration link for the conference, prior to the opening of member registration on Monday, March 24, 2014.
  • Applicants who are not awarded this scholarship will be notified by Friday, March 14, 2014.
  • In the event that the recipient does not fulfill his/her obligation, the ISGB will revoke the scholarship award and all stipends.
  • This award is non-transferable in part or whole.
  • This award cannot be postponed and awarded at a future conference in part or whole.
  • If the recipient cannot meet the obligations of the scholarship, the scholarship will not be reassigned to another artist.

The individual awarded the scholarship is not eligible to win again for ten (10) years. 

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Scholarship, please click here