The 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
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
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.
A 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!
North America Wales Foundation
Protect, promote and enhance our history and culture in Wales and North America.