Technical Assistants

Technical Assistants are responsible for assisting instructors, as well as overseeing shop maintenance and organization

Scholarship Program Procedures & Selection Criteria

Scholarship Program


Haystack’s scholarship program awards more than 100 scholarships annually, which are available through competitive application to those who are 18 years of age or older. Applicants may seek scholarship support in more than one category. Because competition for Haystack scholarships is intense, applicants are encouraged to be selective in their choice of workshops, indicating only first and second choices. Please keep in mind that answers to the questions on the application form are an important part of the review process. Focused applications tend to be more favorably received.

Enrollment in each studio is limited. Applications are reviewed competitively. Applicants will be notified of admission status approximately 3 weeks after the application deadline.

Scholarship applicants (including Technical Assistants, Work Study and Minority Work Study) submit applications online through SlideRoom. The 2017 application deadline was March 1.

 

Technical Assistant Scholarships

Evening at the Clay Studio

Technical Assistants receive a scholarship covering full tuition, room & board at the dormitory rate for a period of study for one or two weeks. Those who wish to stay in a more expensive accommodation must pay the difference between that and the dorm rate.

Shop fees and materials costs, payable at the conclusion of the session, are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. Scholarships are usually given for a single session.

Applicants should have completed one year of graduate specialization, or the equivalent, in the area for which aid is requested. Because technical assistants are responsible for assisting the instructor, and for shop maintenance and organization, they are expected to be familiar with the general technical requirements of a particular studio and instructor. While responsibilities as a technical assistant are demanding, and have priority during the session, there is ample time for personal work and study.

Technical Assistant applications will be reviewed by an independent committee.

Criteria for Selection:

  • The level of competence and accomplishment in the area for which they have applied.
  • The ability to assist in a teaching/learning environment.
  • The ability to work in a supportive, closely knit community.

Application Must Include:

• A resumé, not to exceed one page.
• Up to five images of your work in digital format. SlideRoom provides a list of acceptable file formats and file sizes. When submitting an image, you will also enter the following information: image/work title, date, dimensions, and materials/technique.
• Image filenames must include your name and the title of the work.
• Two letters of reference.
• A list of your specific technical abilities.
• A $50 application fee, which is nonrefundable. Shop fees and materials costs, payable at the conclusion of the session, are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. Scholarships are usually given for a single session.

In some cases, instructors have selected their own studio assistants, below is a list of workshops in which technical assistants WILL be needed:
 

Session 1: Clay (Peter Pincus); Graphics (Lauren Fensterstock);

Session 2: Clay (Michael Hunt/Naomi Dalgish);

Session 3: Clay (Roberto Lugo); Fiber/Quiltmaking (William Adjété Wilson),
                       Metals (Daniel DiCaprio);

Session 4: Clay (Ann Agee); Graphics/Papermaking; (Jocelyn Châteauvert);
                       Wood (Barbara Cooper);

Session 5: Clay (Pattie Chalmers); Glass (Stine Bidstrup);

Session 6: Clay (Adam Field); Wood (Dan Webb).
 

Work Study Scholarships

Work study students receive a scholarship covering full tuition, room & board at the dormitory rate for a period of study for one or two weeks. Those who wish to stay in a more expensive accommodation must pay the difference between that and the dorm rate.

Haystack’s work study program is intended for those who show high promise in their field, and who need help in meeting the expense of a Haystack session. In return for a scholarship that covers their full tuition, room & board, work study students will be assigned tasks in the kitchen, or around the school that will not exceed three hours daily, ensuring that each student will have ample time for personal work and study in the studio.

Work Study and Minority Work Study applications will be reviewed by an independent review committee.

The kitchen is a great place to work!

The kitchen is a great place to work!

Criteria for Selection:

  • Stated financial need.
  • A commitment to and growing knowledge of the craft area for which application is made.
  • The ability to work in a supportive, closely knit community.

Application Must Include:

• A resumé, not to exceed one page.
• Two letters of reference.
• A statement of financial need, which should include a summary of your estimated income and expenses for the current year. List income from your: employment, parents, trust funds, spouse’s earnings, etc. Examples of expenses would include: household/food costs, rent/ mortgage, utilities, total college debt, medical expenses, health insurance, other insurance, etc.
• A $50 application fee, which is nonrefundable.

Work study applicants do not submit images with their application.

Shop fees and materials costs are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. Shop fees are payable at the conclusion of the session. Scholarships are usually given for a single session.
 

Minority Scholarships

To increase participation by individuals from racially and culturally diverse communities within the United States, Haystack awards up to six full scholarships annually to students of color. These scholarships provide full tuition, room & board. Shop fees and materials costs are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. If you wish to apply for a minority scholarship, please follow the application procedures listed under the work study scholarships section. Assigned tasks and criteria for selection are the same as for work study students.
 

Submitting an Application for Scholarship Consideration

Scholarship Applicants (including Technical Assistants, Work Study and Minority Work Study) submit applications online through SlideRoom. The 2017 application deadline was March 1.

Before starting the application process, we encourage applicants to scroll through our extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Technical Assistant, Work Study, and Minority Work Study applicants do not mail hard copies of their application. Applicants who do not receive scholarships and wish to be considered for regular enrollment can indicate this on the application.

Scholarship applicants pay the nonrefundable application fee of $50 through a secure site on the online application. Slideroom accepts all major credit cards and all major US debit cards.

Questions? Please feel free to contact Haystack at (207) 348-2306 or haystack@haystack-mtn.org. Haystack staff are available M-F, 8:30am–4:30pm EST.

 

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