Vance Baker, a retired line foreman for the utility board in Athens, TN, began blacksmithing in the 1970's
the years, Vance taught blacksmithing at the John C. Campbell Folk
School, as well as at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. Some
skilled reproduction work can be seen at Fort Loudoun in Vonore, TN.
As Vance honed the craft that he loved over several decades, he especially loved introducing beginners to the world of
This scholarship, founded by two self-described "Vance Baker groupies" is intended to carry on that tradition. This scholarship
specifically reaches out to women, as an underrepresented group in the
blacksmithing community, to begin to share in this time honored craft.
APPLICATION CRITERIA and GENERAL INFORMATION
1. Any female beginner student age 18 and older who has a strong interest in pursuing blacksmithing may apply.
The scholarship has been established to allow such a student the
opportunity to take a beginning level blacksmithing class at John C.
Campbell Folk School. Visit www.folkschool.org for a list of classes.
3. The scholarship is intended to cover class fees, material fees,
and housing expenses. The scholarship does not cover any travel
expenses. Scholarship amount will not exceed $1,000 and will be paid
directly to the Folk School. One scholarship will be awarded per year.
4. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2009
and the recipient will be notified by May 15th,
2009. Applicants should take this into consideration when selecting a
5. To apply, please send an email inquiry to:
the subject line APPLICATION. Include your name and address and
preference for mail or email correspondence. Application materials and
instructions will be mailed or emailed to you.
Yes, I would love to donate to:
THE VANCE BAKER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND!
If you would like to donate right now, it's easy. Just print
this form, fill it out, detach, and mail it along with your donation to:
Vance Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o RJ Hadle
13240 Bradyville Pike
Readyville, TN 37149
Please make your check out to RJ Hadle.
AMOUNT OF DONATION: ___________________
On behalf of Vance's friends, family, and the students who will be enriched through your generous donation, THANK YOU!
THE VANCE BAKER
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The Vance Baker Memorial Scholarship has been generously funded for its first five years of existence. It is the hope of Vance's friends and family that this scholarship,
as an extension of Vance's enthusiasm for blacksmithing, can continue far into the
donations will be placed into a savings account specifically for the
purpose of funding the Vance Baker Memorial Scholarship.
Funds cover a class, materials, and housing at the John C. Campbell Folk School
for one female beginner blacksmithing student (age 18 and older) each year, up to
$1,000. Any and all funds left in the account after that will accrue interest for future years.
Your help in honoring Vance's legacy with any donation, large or small, is needed and greatly appreciated.
on how you can donate to the Vance Baker Memorial Scholarship has been
described above on this announcement, or via email. Please send
with the subject line DONATIONS.
John C. Campbell Folk School
C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non competitive
learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in
scenic Brasstown, North
Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round
weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance,
cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and
come together in this haven, tucked in the beautiful western North
Carolina mountains, to have creative and fun learning experiences. The
motto, "I sing behind the plow," reflects our desire to find joy in our daily lives.
John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902
VANCE BAKER MEMORIAL