Natural Stone Scholarship

2016 Natural Stone Scholarship winner Jan Ligas (Wilkstone, LLC).

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors


This scholarship was established in 2004 to provide educational opportunities for aspiring fabricators, installers, or administrative apprentices interested in furthering their careers within the natural stone industry. Funds are made through the generous donations of MIA+BSI members worldwide (click here to make a contribution). Applications are reviewed by a committee of the Board of Directors, staff, and industry veterans.


Scholarship Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must have fewer than five years of experience in the natural stone industry.
  • Applicants must submit an application form, an essay detailing their commitment to the natural stone industry, and a letter of recommendation from an employer.
  • Applicants must work for an MIA+BSI Member Company at least six (6) months prior to entering the competition and be employed by an MIA+BSI member company at the time the award is presented at TISE 2017.

Scholarship Award

Scholarship will cover travel and registration costs for one or more recipients to TISE 2017, the natural stone industry's premier exhibition and education event, and MIA+BSI's Annual Meeting. Attendance at TISE 2017 and the Annual Meeting offers the scholarship winner the opportunity to gain valuable technical and practical knowledge, meet and network with leading stone professionals, deepen his or her commitment to a career in the stone industry, and explore his or her potential for future leadership.

Past Scholarship Recipients

class="left-indent"> 2015 — Suzanne Marzullo, Dente Classic Stone
2014 —
Stephen Beck, Connecticut Stone Supplies, Inc.
2013 — Sam Arcot, Rugo Stone, LLC
2012 — Jill Archambeau, RockSolid Stone Works
2011 — Eddie Mendoza, All American Stone & Tile Care, Inc.
2010 — Joe Durfee, Great Lakes Granite and Marble
2009 — Michael Schumacher, Valders Stone & Marble, Inc.
2008 — Jeff Lassiter, International Flooring and Protective Coatings, Inc., Norfolk, VA
2007 — Alberto Garcia, Castle Rock Marble and Granite, Inc., Bronx, NY
2006 — Rachel Crickenberger, Cogswell Stone, Palmyra, VA
2005 — Sarah Kelly, Dakota Stone Design, Fargo, ND
2004 — Robert Smith, Great Lakes Granite & Marble, Redford, MI




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