Zapf Scholarship Fund
In 1988, at the first Letterforum Conference, Professor Hermann Zapf endowed a scholarship fund, the Hermann Zapf Education Fund (HZEF), for those who have been members of the Washington Calligraphers Guild for at least one year.
The scholarships are offered annually through the generosity of Gudrun Zapf von Hesse and the late Professor Hermann Zapf. Designed to assist promising students of calligraphy and its related arts with ongoing expenses to further their study of the historical hands using the broad-edged pen, the grants can be used for workshops, classes, books, conference fees, private studies, etc.
The awarded amount of money does not exceed $1,000 per session, and more than one recipient may be selected each time. A panel of three judges reviews applications (blind entries) and selects the successful candidates for a main award and possibly smaller awards.
GUIDELINES and APPLICATION
The deadline for applying for the 2019 Scholarship is February 26, 2019.
Download the Application Form
Please read the
carefully before applying.
IN MEMORIAM: Hermann Zapf passed away on June 4, 2015 at age 96. He was a mentor to our Guild, endowing a scholarship for students to learn our beloved art. Because of his generosity of spirit and funds, the Hermann Zapf Scholarship Fund is still active and has enabled many to continue their pursuit of calligraphy.
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Questions about eligibility and areas of study should be directed to Marta Legeckis.
Marilyn Davis was chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Zapf Scholarship Award. Marilyn will use the funds to study Foundational with Marta Legeckis in the fall. She plans on using her newly honed skills to conduct a calligraphic project with the elderly in her community. This is a wonderful way to reach out to the public and acquaint them with the world of calligraphy.
Ethan Cohen was chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Zapf Scholarship Award. Ethan has earmarked the money to help with tuition for his final semester of the Type@Cooper Extended Program at the Cooper Union.
The 2016 recipient was Nereidin Feliciano, who used her grant to take a Master Class with Sheila Waters.
The 2015 recipient, Elizabeth (Lily) Blinn, used her scholarship money to study with John Stevens at Cheerio. [Read her report here.]
WCG awarded the Fall/ Winter 2011 Scholarship to three members: Diane (Holly) Gibbons received $500 to study with Sheila Waters and attend Guild workshops; Derrick Tabor, $300 for continued studies with Sheila Waters as well as studying the works of Hermann Zapf; and Felecia McFail, $200 to study pointed pen with Pat Blair.
WCG members Patricia Stinneford (Germantown, MD) and Robert Howe (Stanmore, NSW, Australia) were selected by a panel of judges to receive Zapf Scholarship Awards in the Fall/Winter 2010 competition. Patricia will use her funds to study in WCG workshops, and Robert will attend a workshop taught by Carl Rohrs.
The 2008 scholarship recipient, Shane Perry, used his grant to continue his studies with Sheila Waters and attend selected WCG workshops.
Claire Lohrmann, who was awarded a partial scholarship for the Spring/Summer 2007 session, furthered her studies in local classes and workshops.
La Verne Magarian was the recipient of the Spring/Summer 2005 scholarship and used her award funds to attend Letterforum 2006. Ruth Schellbach, who was awarded a partial scholarship in the Fall/Winter 2005 session, also used her funds to attend Letterforum 2006.
The 2003 winner was Lucinda Fitch Huttlinger, who
used her scholarship to continue her studies in Blackletter with
Sheila Waters and Versals with Ann Pope.
The 2001 scholarship winner, Cindy Yount, also
used her award to continue her studies with Sheila Waters.
The 2000 scholarship went to Sister Delphine Vasquez, CHM, who used it to continue studies with Ann Pope.
The Fund's 1999 grant was used to introduce children to calligraphy.
Susan Easton taught the first Guild-sponsored calligraphy class
for children at Carole Highlands Elementary School
in Takoma Park, MD. The class introduced young artists who have
completed 5th or 6th grade to the principles of calligraphy as they
learned to write the Foundational hand. They completed a series
of exercises and projects to learn the structure and character of
Foundational letters, and used a variety of broad-nib pens and calligraphy
paper to become acquainted with materials used by calligraphers.
The class compiled a collection of favorite words, poetry, quotations
and alphabet sentences to inspire their creation of beautiful and
Other past Zapf scholarship winners have included Rose Folsom, who used
the grant to create over 20 hand-made artists books, some of which
are now part of permanent collections in prestigious national libraries.
Recipient Rebecca Lepkowski attended the 1995 Letterforum Conference
and Marie Lenker used her 1996 scholarship for classes with Sheila
In 1997 Lee Ann Novak and Stephen Rapp shared the scholarship
to study with Michael Clark.
Theresa Daly used the 1998 scholarship
to attend the international conference, Discoveries, in San Diego,
and 1999's winner, Davette Leonard Kvarnes, used the funds to study
with Sheila Waters.
HZ initials at top of page
designed by Julian Waters. Alphabet
in middle of page was lettered, then cut in paper, by Gudrun
Zapf von Hesse. Alphabets at bottom by Hermann Zapf.
Hermineh Miller (pictured) and Jordenne Ferrington gave a free
workshop on the Foundational hand at the Capital Children's Museum
in 1999 in Washington, DC.
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