Still Time to Apply for CWB’s 2016 Ed Monk Scholarship

January_typical Bonaire sailboat up close

The 2015 Ed Monk Scholarship awardee, Orcas Island boatwright Bruce Halabisky, went to the Dutch Caribbean to document the last of the commercial sailboats, such as this one, indigenous to the island of Bonaire.

Award fund supports research into traditional boatbuilding techniques and maritime cultures around the world.

Applications for the 2016 Ed Monk Scholarship will be accepted through June 10. The scholarship, which is awarded annually to one or more professionals working in traditional maritime trades, was created to further their knowledge of traditional marine trades in other cultures. Study and research may include current and historical methods of boat construction using different materials, designs based on the functions to be served by the boats, materials available for construction and the state of technology.

Scholarship applicants should explain in a letter or proposal how the project will enrich their existing knowledge and how the funds would be used. The grant budget may include transportation, housing, and other appropriate expenses. The background of the applicant in traditional marine trades and two professional references also are required.

Decisions by the application committee will be made by or before June 17, 2016. Funds must be used within one year of the award. A written report of the activities and benefit derived from the experience must be submitted to CWB. Grant awards will total $2,000.

The award was named to honor Ed Monk, a prominent and respected Northwest boat designer and builder. The award fund was established by John M. Goodfellow, who has participated in the hands-on-history activities at The Center for Wooden Boats for several decades. He is an advocate of preserving traditional maritime skills and wishes to encourage this through studies of those traditional skills being carried on beyond the applicants’ local regions and local knowledge.

Previous awardees have participated in traditional boatbuilding and documentation around the world, including the Faroe Islands, Thailand, Brazil, Norway, Japan, Portugal, Basque Country, England and the Dutch Caribbean.

The award committee consists of the donor and CWB Founding Director Dick Wagner. Applicants can be from any locality, wishing to study indigenous designs, materials and techniques of other areas.

For more information, contact Dick Wagner at (206) 382-2628 or

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