2018 Youth Maker Scholarship Program

Applications for the Youth Maker Scholarship Program are now closed. All applicants will be notified on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Find out more about the Youth Maker Scholarship Program

Meet the 2017 Youth Maker Scholarship Winners

The Handmade Arcade Youth Scholarship Program returns in 2018 to empower craft-based artists, makers and entrepreneurs ages 16 to 18!

  • Are you a craft-based artist, maker or designer?
  • Want to sell your original products at Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair?
  • Excited to share your new product lines with the public?
  • Looking for new opportunities to develop your ideas and business plan and gain exposure?

This unique program provides free vendor space for a limited number of youth to share and sell original products in Handmade Arcade’s Youth Maker Alley on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.

From the application process to product development to being showcased at one of the country’s leading maker events, participants will learn the value of enterprise, innovation, collaboration and making things by hand.

Apply for Handmade Arcade’s 2018 Youth Maker Scholarship now!

Support for HA Youth Makers includes:

  • Meetings with Handmade Arcade covering:
    • Entrepreneurship and maker skills
    • Creative practices
    • Product development and refinement
    • Merchandising
    • Craft materials and techniques
    • Marketing
    • Booth set-up
    • Local resources
  • MENTORS who facilitate real-world learning experiences, and provide product critiques and encouragement.
  • INVITATION to join HA’s Vendor Facebook Group, a communication and support hub connecting youth to veteran and emerging makers, engaging them in creative problem-solving, and introducing them to a global community of DIY artists.

Handmade Arcade’s Youth Scholarship Program is supported in part by Remake Learning and by The Grable Foundation. Learn more at remakelearning.org.

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Meet the 2017 Youth Maker Scholarship Winners

Youth Maker Blog Post “Fresh on the Scene: Youth Makers at Handmade Arcade 2017” By Jolene Miklas Schneider Featured on HA website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

We asked the Youth Makers to provide feedback after the event, and here is what they had to say!

Aaron Evangelista of DuraNotebook
2017 Baldwin High School graduate
The multiple meeting before the show made sure I kept on track and was meeting my goals. You guys also always responded to my questions super fast! HA has helped me grow so much! The amount I have learned from selling at the events and the knowledge I learned from HA when you came to speak at Startable is not something you can learn in school. The only way to learn the stuff I have to learn is to go out and do it! HA is such a large show and has prepared me for so much, from dealing with customers and how to break down and pack up a whole barn in under an hour.


Justine Szurley of HMR Apparel
Seneca Valley Senior High School 
Handmade Arcade did an incredible job of guiding and supporting me without taking over. My mentor, Elizabeth (HA Board Treasurer and Founder) and Tricia (HA ED) were super helpful with questions and keeping me informed. I really felt like all the organizers wanted us to have a good time and be successful. The Handmade Arcade team did an amazing job preparing me for event day and helping me on the way. I am so glad that I was able to be a part of the event. Doing Handmade Arcade allowed me to learn about mass production and networking. The whole day was definitely a success and totally worthwhile.

Handuo Chen of Chenamboo
Junior at Montour High School

I felt supported especially due to the meetings before the event and the mentors’ help. And the event was very successful and worthwhile to me. I learned a lot and had an unforgettable and useful experience. I learned that I could be productive under a pressure and I actually love to communicate with my customers or other vendors. I think what HA did was really nice. But it is always better if there are more classes provided about merchandise and some other tips about selling in the events. But I have to say that it is really a nice program. Thank you!!