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PHP Scholarship Applications

Application Window for 2024 is now closed.  The Window for applications for 2025 will open October

Who Can Apply

To apply for a PHP Scholarship you must meet to following criteria:


1.  Be a mentally or physically combat Wounded Veteran (note: a Purple Heart or equivalent award is NOT required) from a combat zone. 


2.  Be honorably discharged from the military or currently on active duty.


3.  If not a Canadian resident, you must be able to meet 100% of all the requirements for entry into Canada, the most important of which are:


•  Have a valid travel document, like a passport.


•  Be in good health.


•  Have no criminal or immigration-related convictions (note: this includes Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions).


•  Visa.  U.S. citizens, British commonwealth citizens, and most EU citizens DO NOT need a Visa to enter Canada.  Determine if you need a visa here.

Students in the Training the Hand Workshp
PHP Scholarship selectee learning the edge plane a board
A PHP selectee edge planing a board
A PHP scholarship selectee showing off his first dovetail
A PHP scholarship selectee sawing a board for his next project

Application Window

We generally accept PHP scholarship applications from October to July each year.  Depending on the number of applications received, this window could close early or remain open late. 


How to Apply  

To apply for a Purple Heart Project scholarship, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the "Apply Now" button.  Fill out and submit the application form.  Within 72 hours of submitting your application you will receive a status email informing you if your application was accepted for consideration or not.  If you do not receive a status email within 72-hours of submission, please contact the PHP application manager at


Selection Timeline 

We make two selections for PHP scholarships each year.  The first selection takes place around 1 January and selects for scholarship attendance to Rob's Training the Hand Workshops in April, May, June and July. The second selection takes place around 1 July and selects for scholarship attendance to Rob Cosman's Training the Hand Workshops in September and October. 



For scholarship selections we hold a selection board made up of four Purple Heart Project Board members.  The board is made up of two retired military officers and experienced woodworkers.  We review all applications, rank order the applications by our selection criteria, and make selections.  

Selection Notification 

If selected for PHP scholarship to an April, May, June, or July workshop we will contact you by email and phone between 1-15 February.  If selected for PHP scholarship to a September or October workshop, we will contact you by email and phone between 1-15 July.


If Not Selected

In July, once all selections are over, we will notify all applicants not selected of their status.  If you are not selected for a PHP scholarship, we encourage you to re-apply once we open applications for the next year.  It is not unusual to have to apply two or three times before being accepted. 


Problems Answering the Questions 

We understand that telling us your story can be tough, but it is the only way we can understand you and properly assess your application.

If you have problems filling out the form, please contact and we can assist you.



If you have any questions, contact

Mike showing off his first dovetail
Training the Hand student chiseling out dovetails

Sorry, the scholarship application window for 2024 is closed. 
We will begin accepting scholarship applications for 2025 in the first week of October of 2024, please check back then. 

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