The West Virginia Hardwood Alliance Zone will provide 18 scholarships to students attending the upcoming National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) Lumber Inspection Training School at the West Virginia Wood Technology Center in Elkins.
The Hardwood Alliance Zone (HAZ) will award $9,000 in scholarships, which will be offered in increments of $500 per
"This program is a great opportunity for our hardwood producers and employers in the region and state. We want to do what we can to ensure people in this industry are able to attend and learn," said HAZ President Robbie Morris.
Beginning now through March 31, the scholarships will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. One scholarship will be offered per company, with a maximum of two per HAZ county.
"Once the initial deadline of March 31 has passed, we will allow any remaining scholarship money to be awarded to HAZ counties that may have had more than one company apply," explained Morris.
"Our goal is to help as many companies as possible, and we will be giving priority to companies that are enrolling their first student, as opposed to a company that may already have a student enrolled. However, we encourage businesses to enroll as many students as they need, and we will help out as much as we can."
The 10-week lumber inspection program will consist of a combination of lectures and labs and will take place at the West Virginia Wood Technology Center in Elkins. Classes will be June 1 through Aug. 5, Mondays through Fridays.
To apply, call the West Virginia Wood Technology Center at 304-637-7500.