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MASW...Where Creativity Flourishes

David Worrell

MASW...Where Creativity Flourishes


The Young Apprentice Program

David Worrell was an Indianapolis based attorney who attended workshops at MASW for over 20 years.  In 2004 he completed his Masters and was working on his Michael Fortune Fellowship when cancer became too much and on January 25, 2017 MASW lost another very dear friend and supporter of the school.

Before he passed, David and I would often share our concerns for the future of education in today’s world.  We agreed that in time history will look back at the educational system that now exists and realize the horrible mistake of replacing the industrial arts program with CORE classes.  The saying is “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” The truth is “If you are sitting while reading, thank a woodshop teacher.” 

This past summer we had one incredible recipient.
Kelly Lahaie, Valparaiso, IN

How To Apply

Applicants must be between the ages of 16-25 and have a desire to learn, a creative spirit and an aptitude of self-reliance. The scholarship includes the class of choice, if there are openings available. Applications are available through the school and must be submitted before April 1, 2020.

How You Can Help

This foundation can use your help. If you know a young person who would benefit from this opportunity, please take the time to guide them through the application process. You can also help this cause through a tax-deductible donation, made payable to the JCCF. Make sure to write on the memo line “Roger Cliffe/David Worrell Scholarship.”

John C. Coolidge Memorial Award

MASW...Where Creativity Flourishes

Student of the Year Award

John C. Coolidge attended MASW from 1996 until his death in August 2003. In 2004 several of the MASW Masters (many were close friends of John) banded together to present an annual award to someone who has excelled in the craft or overcome adversity/personal challenges or gone beyond the norm to help make MASW a better place. Recipients are chosen based on perseverance, effort, attitude and ability and receive a crystal plaque. 

 This year we are fortunate enough to present this special award to Amber Duncan, KY.

The Roger Cliffe Memorial Foundation

MASW...Where Creativity Flourishes

Roger Cliffe was a family man, college professor, author, avid pool player, woodworker and a very dear friend.  Roger died suddenly from a heart attack in 2001 while riding a bike.  He had a doctorate degree in Industrial Arts and was a teacher with distinction at Northern Illinois University.  Each summer during break, Roger would teach as many as five workshops, which almost always sold out.  He was a born teacher who had a great impact on all he met; so much that a group of our alumni wanted to start a foundation in his memory. 

Today the Roger Cliffe Memorial Fund (RCMF) has provided help to well over 250 students and interns to the tune of over $700,000 worth of aid. Through generous and unselfish gifts, the RCMF continues to support people of all ages, races and nationalities in ways that help fulfill their lives as craftsmen and craftswomen.  The goal of the RCMF is to keep the craft alive and available to anyone with special financial needs.  

The RCMF is a public charity organized as a 501c(3) corporation. All donations to the RCMF are tax deductible to the full extent as allowed by the law. If you know someone who could benefit or if you would like to help the cause, please contact:

Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF)
Attn: Stephanie Fox
PO Box 217
Franklin, IN 46131

Or call the school at 317-535-4013 and ask for Paula Bueno.

Calling on Alumni to Assist

MASW...Where Creativity Flourishes

Just think how great it would be to assist at MASW working with great teachers, excellent students, good food, top of the line equipment and a variety of class topics. Being an assistant will provide you with a great opportunity to better your woodworking skills as well as help you to acquire teaching experiences. This is only open to alumni of the school who are at least halfway through completing their Masters. Volunteers will be expected to start early and work late, help make fixtures and assist in the safe operation of daily activities. What’s in it for you? Satisfaction of helping others and free lunches each day; how can you turn that down? For more information contact Marc by email.