<![CDATA[nawalesfoundation.org - Blog & News]]>Tue, 07 May 2024 21:29:59 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[2022 NAWF Scholarship Recipients]]>Sat, 10 Sep 2022 15:39:30 GMThttp://nawalesfoundation.org/blog--news/2022-nawf-scholarship-recipientsThe North America Wales Foundation provides scholarships, grants, and bursaries to promote cultural & educational links between Wales  and North America 2022 Foundation Awards

NAWF Exchange Scholars
David McBride from Westampton, New Jersey is pursuing a Ph.D. at Aberystwyth University after receiving an MA in Welsh and Celtic studies. His doctoral research analyzes how poets addressed Welsh kings and their kindred in the thirteenth and
fourteenth centuries.

Megan Kimmelshue from Jackson, Oregon is entering the second year of her doctoral research at Bangor University after receiving a master's degree in Celtic archeology. Her field work is allowing her to conceptualize childhood life in the Celtic Iron Age.

NAWF Organizational Grant
Heddwch Nain/Mamgu
The grant supports a visit to descendants of Elined Prys, one of three delegates who a century ago brought a peace petition signed by 390,000 Welsh women to America urging the US to join the League of Nations.

2022 Foundation Awards
The 2022 Lloyd Jones Award for Young Entrepreneurs
Elinor Jones ~ Elinor studied at Abbey Gate Collage in Chester. She is passionate
about building design and sustainability and has been influenced by programmers such as Grand Designs and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. The lockdown offered Elinor time to think about her future. She invested in a shipping container and refurbished it into a summer house. As part of the family business Flintshire Fabrications, she generated her first “proper” sale of a shipping container converted into a summer house.
This experience inspired her major design project, to set-up her own company “Hubbox”that designs and manufactures prefabricated, flat pack and modular garden rooms with a clear focus on sustainability. The future plan is to grow “Hubbox” into an independent arm of the family business to become a strong competitor on a commercial level as demand for housing, hospitals and schools grows rapidly.

Ben Lewis ~  Ben came to study Product Design in Bangor University following his
studies in Ysgol Glan Clwyd and Deeside Sixth College. During his third year, in
addition to his major design project, Ben along with his fellow Product Design student, Dan Barry set-up a start-up business called UTILITY, founded out of hatred of rubbish products. To combat this, UTILITY takes everyday products back to basics and redesigns them properly. Having been successful in accessing support from Business Wales Accelerated Growth Program, the company has already manufactured its first product and engaged with customers in a beta test.
<![CDATA[Edward Morus Jones Receives the North America Wales Foundation Heritage Medallion]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2022 04:00:00 GMThttp://nawalesfoundation.org/blog--news/edward-morus-jones-receives-the-north-america-wales-foundation-heritage-medallionPicture
Very few individuals have extended their contributions to the cultural and social lives of their communities in Wales to Welsh American life as Edward Morus Jones has done. By now, he is a familiar presence and contributor at our gatherings, particularly at the North American Festival of Wales and in Philadelphia.

The North America Wales Foundation is particularly pleased that he has accepted an invitation to receive our Foundation’s highest honor, its Heritage Medallion – Y Tlws Treftadaeth. In one of his many internet citations, he is described as a folk singer, school headmaster, campaigner, and political candidate. That only begins to describe this gentle, kind person whose personal warmth makes him no stranger to anyone he meets. He is a universally admired Welsh American.

Edward Morus Jones is a farmer’s son born in Llanuwchlyn, near Bala in Meirionnydd. He discovered his passion as an educator early in life. His activities as a teacher spans many years at schools and institutes of higher education in several locations in both North and South Wales. Beyond his leadership in formal education Edward’s passion and talents as a musician and sublime communicator has led to a career of entertaining, performing on-stage and in radio and television programs. He and his good friend Dafydd Iwan, look back affectionately at their contribution to children’s music with the songs recorded for the “Cwm Rhyd y Rhosen” series. He has conducted many Cymanfaoedd Canu over the years. Today, Edward stays busy in his church, as an ecumenical preacher in Welsh language chapels around Wales, and as the current chair of the annual Llandegfan Crown Eisteddfod. He extends his extensive social and cultural commitments to his community in Sir Fon where he has lived for many years. An example is a wonderful video of his leading the children at the local Henblas School, “Canu Gyda Mr. Edward Morus Jones,” to be seen at https://www.flickr.com › photos ›. And yes, that’s the same guy who leads the late night singing at NAFOW. He is a President of the Court of the Sir Fon Eisteddfod and was an honorary President of the National Eisteddfod held in Sir Fon in 2017. There is so much more to tell, we must at least mention his long-time leadership of the Urdd and Cymru a’r Byd (Wales International).

Edward and his late wife Gwyneth, who also contributed much to Welsh cultural and educational life, received a unique recognition at the National Eisteddfod at Meifod in 2003. This is the only time that a husband and wife have been invested on the same day with the White Robe Order of the Gorsedd of Bards, its highest honor.
You may ask how did Edward, so busy in Welsh life, come to be a familiar and active part of Welsh life in North America. It began in 1984 with Edward and Gwyneth’s participation in the first of many Welsh Heritage Week courses (the most recent in Scranton in 2021), as language tutors, hymn-singing leader- conductor, folk-music tutor and light-hearted poetry-literature adjudicator! As Edward in his modest way says “It helps strengthen the Welsh Heritage Week link with Wales where it visits every few years”

Edward (with Gwyneth until 2012) has participated in ten North American Festivals of Wales (NAFOW). He has contributed in many different ways. Among them he has conducted the informal hymn-singing, performed in the Noson Lawen, (NAWF director Steve Jones has happy memories of their duets), adjudicated at NAFOW Eisteddfodau, conducted Cymanfa rehearsals, participated in the ‘Sunday Services’ and given lectures. Recently he has co-operated with NAFOW to arrange a ‘Song from Wales’ competition for children at St David’s Day time. 2023 will be its third year! Edward is now serving his second term as the Welsh North American Association Board of Trustees member from Wales. These are some examples of how he brings his talents and deep love of his culture to us in North America.

When we go to Wales the warmest greeting for Welsh Americans visiting the National Eisteddfod come from the booth of Cymru a’r Byd. Edward has been a leader of this organization for nearly half a century, serving it in many capacities over the years. His welcome has always made us feel at home away from home. Now that we have our own booth, namely Cymru Gogledd America, no need to ask who we wanted our booth to be sited next to. Edward is always among the first to come to say hello and help out with the logistics.

The transatlantic link in Edward’s life has been greatly enhanced by his marriage to Mary Roberts Glassman in 2016. She has 1600’s Quaker roots in Wales, only ten miles from where Edward grew up! Born of a long-standing family friendship and the loss of their respective spouses this has brought great happiness to them with joy and admiration to their large circle of friends on both sides of the Atlantic. Another good reason why Edward receives his award in Mary’s home city.

<![CDATA[Dr. Philip Davies is presented the Robert Morris Award]]>Sat, 26 Feb 2022 05:00:00 GMThttp://nawalesfoundation.org/blog--news/dr-philip-davies-is-presented-the-robert-morris-awardPicture
Dr. Philip Davies is presented the Robert Morris Award by the Welsh Society of Philadelphia.

With a strong and distinguished Welsh population, the Welsh Society of Philadelphia continued to meet and to assist needy Welsh immigrants throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
More recently, the Welsh Society has led the way among Welsh American organizations in cultural, philanthropic, and educational programs.
The prestigious Robert Morris Award is presented to a distinguished Welsh-American at the Society’s St. David’s Day banquet.

<![CDATA[Excavation at a Prehistoric Hill-fort Site ~ Dinas Dinlle]]>Thu, 30 Sep 2021 19:09:47 GMThttp://nawalesfoundation.org/blog--news/excavation-at-a-prehistoric-hill-fort-site-dinas-dinlleA letter from 2021 Scholarship Recipient Megan Kimmelshue:
"Dear everyone at NAWF, 
I hope you are well and wanted to update you as the summer draws to a close and the busy Autumn term gets into full swing next week. I received the scholarship check at our US address which will be paid towards my tuition balance at Bangor - diolch yn fawr iawn! 

On our Zoom meeting I mentioned that in August and September I would be participating in a very important excavation on the northern coastline at a prehistoric hillfort site called Dinas Dinlle. The trench with the large roundhouse was excavated primarily by volunteers and the second trench with a more confusing layout was the domain of Bangor University students. It turns out that our confusing trench had much to tell us, and we found multiple types of pottery, evidence of metalworking, a shell midden (basically a rubbish heap), animal bones, a beautiful piece of roman glass... It is very rare to find this much due to the acidic nature of the soil here, but the mixture of sand combined with the natural geology seems to have preserved more than anyone expected. 

The excavation also drew the attention of the BBC! I was so grateful to be a part of this dig and learned so much about fieldwork during my three weeks on site. 

Here is the BBC video link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58477909
Here is the 'Dig Diary' from the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust: http://www.heneb.co.uk/digdiarydinasdinlle2021.html
I hope you enjoy and will be in touch!

Cofion gorau,
 Megan [Kimmelshue]"

<![CDATA[2021 North America Wales Foundation Scholarship Awards]]>Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:03:11 GMThttp://nawalesfoundation.org/blog--news/2021-north-america-wales-foundation-scholarship-awardsLloyd Family Travel Scholarships Bangor University 2021
  • Bridie Dimelow – Penley, Wrexham, Wales, partnered successfully with a local metal fabrication company, AWR Engineering, to produce and supply her product and is in the process of designing further products which are going to improve the welfare of horses during transportation.
  • Ciron Hywel – Llanrug, Gwynedd, Wales, secured a post as a design engineer with The Fifth Wheel company in North Wales that will pay his fees at Bangor University while he studies part-time for a postgraduate MSc in Applied Innovation Design.  He hopes that the product he has initiated will be adopted by the company for further development.
Exchange Scholarships 2021
  • Andrew Edwards – Zeeland, Michigan, graduated (in Welsh) from Bangor University and will continue there in a master’s program, studying linguistic policy, focusing on sociolinguistics (in Welsh) in the field of the Welsh language for adults.
  •  Kelly Evans – Santa Barbara, California, will read for her master’s degree in the forestry program at Bangor, focusing on environmental and climate issues. 
  • Megan Kimmelshue – Jacksonville, Oregon, received her master’s degree in Celtic archaeology at Bangor and will continue there in a PhD program studying the role of children in historic Celtic cultures.
  • Brooke Martin – continues in her final year of PhD research at Bangor examining Welsh opera between 1875 and 1928, especially 42 little-known or studied works by Welsh composers.   
<![CDATA[2020 North America Wales Foundation Scholarship & Grant Awards]]>Thu, 16 Sep 2021 14:31:24 GMThttp://nawalesfoundation.org/blog--news/2020-north-america-wales-foundation-scholarship-grant-awards
Lloyd Jones Award
  • Elliot Goddard is an Industrial Design student from Bangor University. He is designing and manufacturing a sea kayaking wing paddle specific to the ‘Rockpool Taran’ Kayak, that must be robust and reasonably priced.
  • Lois Gwenllian Griffiths is a Product Design student from Bangor University. She is working to expand The Calendar King product/service range into app design to help Firecracker Design and Print keep up with increasing competition.
  • Peniel Welsh Chapel Association in Ripon, Wisconsin, will receive a full grant of $1000 to be used towards the cost of exterior renovations to the building.
  • Mari Morgan will receive a full grant award of $1000 towards publication of her PhD thesis on Welsh-American composers Daniel Prothero and Joseph Parry. The work is titled Braids of Song ~ Gwead y Gan and is to be released in the United States. This award is contingent upon the acquisition of additional funding towards publication costs.

Exchange Scholarship
  • Brooke Martin will receive the $5000 award to continue her PhD studies on Welsh opera at Bangor University. She has recently made great progress and new discoveries in the area of Welsh musicology, uncovering several Welsh and Welsh-American composers whose music output had not been uncovered.
  • Andrew Edwards will receive a $5000 award to continue his studies in Welsh at Bangor University. He will begin writing his BA dissertation on the abolitionists of German and Welsh communities in America before and during the Civil War and the radical beliefs of both groups expressed in the German and Welsh newspapers of the time.
<![CDATA[2019 North America Wales Foundation Scholarship & Grant Awards]]>Thu, 16 Sep 2021 14:02:27 GMThttp://nawalesfoundation.org/blog--news/2019-north-america-wales-foundation-scholarship-grant-awardsNAWF Grant Award 2019
  • The Avondale Mine Disaster Preservation Committee will utilize NAWF funding to hold the 150th anniversary of the Avondale Mine Disaster on September 6-8, 2019. The Avondale disaster, which occurred in 1869, stands as the one of the deadliest anthracite mining disasters in history, with 110 victims, 69 of which were of Welsh descent.  Ceremonies will be held at the disaster site in Plymouth Township and at the Washburn Street Cemetery. A full conference will be held at the Anthracite Heritage Museum as well, with featured speakers Professor Bill Jones and Professor Richard Healey, both from the UK.
  •  Rimrock Opera Foundation utilized funding from NAWF to support the considerable expense to mount the American production of Joseph Parry’s opera, Blodwen, which was performed in Welsh from May 11-19, 2019, at the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts in Billings, Montana. Welsh native, Dr. Dulais Rhys, adapted the opera for chamber ensemble, and conducted the orchestra. Blodwen has already received universal praise for its creation and performance. Dr. Rhys hopes to find other venues in North America for the opera.
Lloyd Family Travel Scholarship 2019
  • Hope Kohtala (Received the Lloyd Family Travel Scholarship + partial Exchange Scholarship) from Mechanic Falls, Maine, spent spring semester 2018 studying at Bangor University and realized how similar Wales and Maine were in physical beauty and cultural experiences. She earned her BSc in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at University of Maine and will continue studies towards her MA in Tourism at Bangor University. Building upon her previous research project from her study abroad experience, Hope will compare similarities and differences between New England and Wales in the seasonal tourism industry.
Exchange Scholarships 2019
  • Rebecca Blok from Kalamazoo, Michigan, will study at Bangor University towards her MA in Welsh. In preparing for her thesis, Rebecca will identify the complex structure of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi and how this structure communicates the message of the work as a whole.
  • Brooke Martin from Clarkesville, Georgia, continues her studies, now towards a doctorate, at Bangor University, researching contemporary minority and Welsh-language opera. In the summer of 2018, she presented two papers, one at Wales Research Conference and the other at NAASWCH. Brooke has become a fluent Welsh speaker; this past March competing for the Chair in Eisteddfod y Dysgwyr (Learners) and was placed third. he Year. 
  • Kelsey Weber from Portland, Maine, received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maine College of Art. Her next step is to complete a Masters in Ceramics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, researching the history, myths and folktales of Maine and Wales to find commonalities and historical links. She will then illustrate these tales on pottery.
  •  Andrew Edwards from Zeeland, Michigan, continues his studies in Welsh Literature at Bangor University. He is passionate about his Welsh heritage and has fallen in love with Wales and the beautiful Welsh language. Andrew has become a fluent Welsh speaker and his courses are in the Welsh language. He has received much attention from the Welsh media as an American thriving in Wales.
  • Hope Kohtala-(Lloyd Family Travel Scholarship + partial Exchange Scholarship) see above.
Rebecca Blok with Hefina Phillips
Brooke Martin with Philip Davies
Kelsey Weber
Hope Kohtala
Andrew Edwards
<![CDATA[2018 NAWF Scholarship & Grant Awards ~ North American Students]]>Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:25:32 GMThttp://nawalesfoundation.org/blog--news/nawf-grant-awards-2018NAWF Grant Awards 2018
  • Slate Valley Museum, Granville, NY. Concerts and lectures featuring Welsh musical performances and history
  • Congregants of the Welsh Church New York, NY. Casting and professional direction of a community reading of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.
  • Gwenan Davies, Abergele, Wales. An artist studying for her Master of Fine Arts at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard Co.
  • Mackenzie Hornsby, Rio Grande, Ohio. Study Performing Arts at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s Carmarthen.    
Lloyd Family Travel Scholarship 2018
  • Anna King- Guysville, Ohio. Inspired by her grandparents, she will research the creation, documentation, and history and of Welsh lovespoons. Department of Fine Arts Trinity St David’s University Swansea Campus.    
Anna King
Exchange Scholarships 2018
  • Andrew Edwards - Zeeland, MI. Pursuing a degree at Bangor University, majoring in Welsh, Intercollegiate Welsh Learner of the Year.
  • Coral Lumbley - Champaign, Illinois- Doctoral studies on Medieval Welsh Culture and Literature. Intensive Welsh language course at Aberystwyth University
James Sevitt
  • James Sevitt - City University of New York. Doctoral research examining how individuals in Merthyr Tydfil are experiencing and coping with long-accumulating divisions and inequalities, recently exposed and exacerbated by Brexit.
<![CDATA[Student messages of thanks]]>Thu, 16 Sep 2021 12:44:10 GMThttp://nawalesfoundation.org/blog--news/student-messages-of-thanks
<![CDATA[North America Wales Foundation Support During COVID19]]>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 19:03:31 GMThttp://nawalesfoundation.org/blog--news/nawf-support-during-covid19

A bilingual note of thanks to NAWF for support during COVID19,  from 2019 Exchange Scholarship recipient, Andrew Edwards.

Annwyl gyfeillion,
Dwi mor ffodus i gyfrif fy hun ymysg y myfyrwyr sy wedi profi eich haelioni, dwi'n hynod ddiolchgar a balch iawn i wedi cael fy nerbyn fel aelod o deulu NAWF am y tair blynedd dwytha.

Gobeithio eich bod chi'n cadw'n ddiogel ac yn iach yn ystod y cyfnod rhyfedd yma a gobeithio bydda i'n cael cyfarfod bob un ohonoch yn y dyfodol. (hwyrach erbyn y 'Steddfod flwyddyn nesa)

Dwi'n atodi llun o lond dwrn o ffrindia hyfryd dwi 'di cael y fraint i'w dod i nabod yn ystod fy mlynyddoedd yng Nghymru, gan gynnwys aelod arall teulu NAWF, sef Rebecca Fox Blok. Yn anffodus, torrodd y pandemig ar draws ein hamser ni a'n cynlluniau gwanwynol, ond roedd hi'n hynod werthfawr cael eich cefnogaeth yn ystod y misoedd llawn ofn.

Diolch yn fawr unwaith eto am yr ysgoloriaeth (olaf!), fydd yn help mawr imi drwy gydol fy mlwyddyn olaf ar y cwrs, gan nad oeddwn i'n gallu gweithio'n ôl yn y sba dros yr haf 'ma. Wir ichi, mae'n fendith a fydd yn sicrhau bydda i'n gallu cwblhau fy mlwyddyn olaf.  Diolch o waelod calon!

I'm so thankful to count myself a member of the NAWF family, as I truly have been made to feel as such over the scary and uncertain initial months of the Covid-pandemic, when I was far away from my home and family. I can't express my gratitude for your continued support and humbling generosity. 

I hope you're all staying well and safe during these uncertain times and hopefully I'll be able to see all of you sometime in the future - perhaps next year's Eisteddfod!

I've attached a picture of some of my lovely friends who I've been privileged to get to know and love during my stay in Wales, including another member of the NAWF family, Rebecca Fox Blok. Alas, the pandemic cut short our time together and plans for the spring, but it was incredibly appreciated having your support during the fearful months.

Thanks so much for the scholarship (final!), it will be such a help to me as I wasn't able to go back to work at the spa this summer like usual; truly it is a blessing as it allows to go back to complete my final year.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Cofion cynnes,
Kindest regards,