Reno, Nevada -- March 5, 2021- Jimmy Beans Wool, a market-leading retailer of yarn and accessories for knitters and makers, is pleased to announce their annual scholarship program, Beans for Brains is back. Three students will receive a total of $7,500 in scholarship funds for the 2021-2020 school year. Established in 2009, the scholarship program was created to help aspiring knitters, makers, and students attend college or university and to date has awarded over $50k in scholarship funds and has helped students in the past go to places such as University of Nevada, Reno; Portland State University; Yale University; and Harvard University just to name a few. Beans for Brains recognizes students for a variety of characteristics and criteria such as GPA, community service, project knowledge, financial need, and more while uplifting their creativity through the fiber arts!
"We are so excited to bring Beans for Brains back again this year, especially after the year we all just had! This scholarship is about supporting our next generation of makers. Between job layoffs, virtual learning, and nationwide shut downs, 2020 was a really hard year for students. We're excited to offer a little piece of mind in the form of financial assistance for our fellow crafters," says Laura Zander, Co-Founder of Jimmy Beans.
Jimmy Beans, Knitters Pride, and Madelinetosh will sponsor the three awards and winners will be announced in June 2021. Applications are open to students who have a 3.0 GPA and knit, crochet or weave with consideration going to those who have financial needs. Students will be able to apply online from April 2-May 14, 2021.
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About Jimmy Beans Wool: At the downturn of the dotcom boom, former Silicon Valley engineers Laura and Doug Zander moved to the mountains and opened up a tiny yarn shop in Truckee, California. Jimmy, as Laura is lovingly known, sold coffee alongside the wool (hence the Beans in the name) and Jimmy Beans Wool was born. In 2004, the company settled down in Reno, Nevada where they currently reside today. They occupy an expansive 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse, are considered one of the country's leading destination yarn shops, employ 35 team members, and have built a loyal following and impressive online presence. Along with yarn, Jimmy Beans also provides consumers the most innovative crafting products and accessories, recently acquiring Madelinetosh and della Q, two beloved companies amongst knitters, crocheters, and makers. Jimmy Beans will continue to develop products under their patent pending Jimmy's SmartStix, plus hooks, needles, and notions.