Annual Meeting Financial Assistance

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Annual Meeting has been postponed to 2021. We will re-open applications for scholarships and assistantships in January, 2021.

Alice Brown Memorial Scholarships

2019 Scholarship Recipient, Mari Gray, learning Palm Basket Weaving from Meeting Presenter, Laura Lemunyete

The Alice Brown Memorial Scholarships assist applicants ages 35 and under to attend the WARP Annual Meeting. Preference is given to students or recent graduates, but those pursuing non-traditional career paths related to WARP’s mission are also encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity for early career individuals to be impacted by what WARP has to offer. In addition to connecting with our members, recipients give a presentation about their work and receive a two-year WARP membership. The scholarship will cover the full registration and housing costs of attending our meeting. Travel costs are the responsibility of the recipient.

Strong candidates will demonstrate their interest in WARP’s mission of fostering a global network of enthusiasts who value the importance of textiles. For more information about WARP’s core values, please visit With questions, feel free to contact Carrie Miller at

Alice Brown was a generous WARP member who had the foresight to donate the funds to establish the scholarship. Donations from WARP members now sustain the fund. Those of you who have attended meetings since 2008 know how much these special young people have added to the event.

Assistantship Recipient Lola Faturoti, photo documenting the 2019 Meeting in Washington, DC

Gloria Davis Memorial Assistantships

Our Assistantships offer financial assistance to allow “simple living” members to attend WARP’s Annual Meeting. There is no age requirement to qualify for this award. In exchange for financial assistance, “Assistants” help at the Meeting or on a committee. What has become the “Gloria Davis Memorial Assistantship Fund” began in 2018 thanks to WARP member Susan Davis’s donation of the Gloria Davis Textile Collection. Susan’s friend, Gloria Davis was an anthropologist who collected the Indonesian textiles over her lifetime of doing field work. Gloria’s textiles are available for sale at WARP’s Annual Meetings, and proceeds from the sale of these textiles benefit the Assistantship fund.

WARP Assistantship recipients will be involved in a range of conference activities. These activities may include welcoming attendees at registration, setting up and putting away furniture and equipment, assisting with field trip logistics, copying and distributing materials, helping with the Marketplace and Silent Auction, and solving problems. Work assignments will be made and supervised by the Administrative Coordinator and Board members. Assistants will have time to attend sessions.

WARP is in particular need of the following types of assistance this year:

  • Marketplace (vendor) Assistant
  • Photographer/Social Media Coordinator (work required before, during & after meeting)
  • Live and Silent Auction Assistant

Recipients must arrive at Montana State University in  Bozeman by 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 28 and plan to stay until 12:30 pm on Sunday, May 31st. Shared-room lodging and those meals included in the registration fee are provided; the conference fee is waived. Applicants are responsible for their own transportation and meals not included in the registration fee, as well as a summary of their experience and photo for WARP’s website. Please click here for more information about the 2021 Annual Meeting.

With questions, please contact Kelsey Wiskirchen at