C.E. Bernhauer Jr. Scholarship Foundation

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Recent Winners

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Lauren Biltz


Taylor Barnhardt
Caleb Harrison

Cabinet by Caleb Harrison

First announced by the Woodwork Institute in 1997, the Woodwork Institute/C.E. Bernhauer Jr. Scholarship Foundation was the brainchild of the Institute’s Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, Mr. Bernard (Bernie) B. Barber Jr. The program honors Mr. C.E. (Ed) Bernhauer Jr. of Fresno Planing Mill, a longtime active and supporting member of the Institute. Mr. Bernhauer served as Woodwork Institute Treasurer and chaired the Technical Committee (responsible for publication and maintenance of the Manual of Millwork) from 1984 until his untimely death in 1993.

The program is open to individuals interested in pursuing or furthering a career in the architectural millwork industry. A written recommendation from a previous academic instructor or employer should accompany the application. Application may be made by students entering or continuing enrollment in a university, state or private college, community college, or trade school, or from individuals already working in the industry.

Applicants must:
• Be in their senior year of high school, or
• Be employed and maintain employment during the educational period, or
• Be currently enrolled in a state college/university, private or community college, or a trade school.

Basis of Award
Selection of a recipient will be on an achievement or merit basis as determined by transcripts and moral and leadership qualities. Finalists will undergo a personal interview (by phone if necessary). The amount of monies available will be determined at the time a recipient is chosen. Scholarship monies will be distributed directly to the school of the student’s choice upon receiving proof of enrollment; however they must be distributed within two years of award or they will be forfeited.

Application Submittal and Deadline
Applications must be postmarked by April 1 for scholarships awarded in May/June.

Applications to the scholarship program should be mailed to the following address:

C.E. Bernhauer Jr. Scholarship Foundation
c/o Woodwork Institute
P.O. Box 980247
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0247

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Donate to the Foundation

Established within the state as a nonprofit, charitable corporation separate from the Woodwork Institute, the Foundation is run by a voluntary Board of Directors/Officers with no obligatory ties to the Institute. The Foundation has been granted both federal and state charitable tax-exempt status. Contributions are fully deductible as charitable gifts under both federal and California tax codes.

For recognizing major donors, the Foundation created the Journeyman Recognition Level of $250 or more, the Premium Level of $500 or more, and the Masters Level of $1,000 or more in donations during any one-year period. To date, there are more than 45 major donors of these multiples. The Foundation’s vision is to promote a better-educated workforce within the architectural millwork industry and its related fields by providing financial aid for individuals pursuing careers in those industries. The Foundation greatly appreciates those that have helped thus far.

Please join the Foundation’s efforts

This is your open invitation to join the Foundation in its efforts to provide an ongoing source of financial aid for individuals seeking further education and career enhancement in the architectural millwork or related industries. Pass this information along to someone you feel would benefit from our scholarship opportunities.


Make a commitment to help the Foundation build and achieve its corpus goal through a monetary donation.
To donate today, please call the Foundation at 916-372-9943. Thank you for your support!