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Mike Nolan Scholarship Fund

After working at a number of companies in the Solid Surface industry, Mike was elected to the ISFA Board of Directors in 2006 and served two terms. While on the Board, he revamped the entire Total Fabrication Training program for Solid Surface. He stepped down in 2012 and became the ISFA Director of Education. He is remembered by all who knew him in the industry as a person who shared freely of his time and knowledge.

In his honor, his wife Terry Kromke-Nolan, established the Mike Nolan Scholarship Fund in 2014 saying: “In the spirit of the ISFA Mission Statement and the hands on that Mike believed in so much, I would like to establish an education award.”

“We both believe that kids are so talented with their hands and so creative should be nurtured and given a chance to succeed”.
“I hope that this small beginning will be a goal that ISFA and I can continue to enhance for as many students as possible.”
“Know that I am thrilled for him when he joined up with all of you good folks.”

This fund had received donations from many ISFA members in Mike’s memory and we are working to create programs to support training and education for those that may not have the knowledge and resources to enter the industry.

2018 Mike Nolan Scholarship Guidelines and Application 

The aim of the ISFA Mike Nolan Scholarship is to elevate the competence of the Surfacing Industry by providing financial support through the award of an annual scholarship to a person who wishes to obtain a career in the industry.  Each year, ISFA will award one $1200 scholarship award to an individual whose career focus is on the trades. Trades considered include the decorative surfacing industry, cabinetry and general carpentry.  Eligible applicants can be High School or Vocational School Students or Graduates, College Students, Veterans returning to civilian life, or individuals of any background with a desire to pursue a career in the trades.  The award is to be used for education and/or training.  Examples of eligible education/training include:

  • Technical School or College
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Fabricator or Installer Training Classes/Programs (ISFA or comparable program)

Also inspired by Mike Nolan, ISFA additionally selects students from area vocational schools to attend a Fabrication Training class.  This year, 2 students will be selected to attend our Solid Surface Fabication Training at Gecko SSS in San Antonio on Sept 11 - 13, 2018.

Scholarship Requirements

Recipient Must:

  • Submit completed application by June 8th, 2018.
  • Submit an essay outlining how they intend to use the funds, and why they should be chosen to receive the scholarship.  Essays should evidence that they are willing to work hard and persevere.  (Essay is due with completed application on or before June 8th, 2018.)
  • Use the funds for the trade education and/or training outlined in their essay.
  • Be willing to be featured in Countertops and Architectural Surfaces Magazine within 12 months of receiving the scholarship and submit a photo and written account of how they are (or have) used the funds.

Application Process:

  • Application and essay completed by the individual and submitted by June 8th, 2018.
  • Applications and essays will be reviewed and scored by the ISFA Executive BOD.
  • Recipient will be notified and awarded on August 3rd, 2018.

Selection Criteria:

  • Industry/Trade bound career path.
  • Evidence of hard work and perseverance in essay.
  • Application verifies they are legitimate.

"He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head a craftsman

He who works with his hand and his head and is heart is an artist"

St. Francis of Assisi