Over the years Workshops Foundation has developed strong partnerships with companies, organizations and educational institutions that share our passion for unique learning experiences. Through these partnerships we are able to better enrich our service offerings and elevate the overall experience for our students.

Since 1976,  National Society of the Colonial Dames of America generously provides scholarships for students from across the United States to attend the Washington Workshops Congressional Seminar in Washington, DC!

The NSCDA is an unincorporated association of 45 Corporate Societies with over 15,000 members. The Society headquarters is located at Dumbarton House, a federal period house museum in Washington, D.C. The NSCDA has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration and the interpretation of historic sites since its New York Society first undertook the preservation of the Van Cortlandt House in 1897.

In November 2000, the NSCDA received the prestigious Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of historic sites from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today 41 diverse properties are owned outright by the Corporate Societies of the NSCDA, 13 additional museum collections are owned by the Dames and 30 more properties receive substantial volunteer and financial support from Dames.

In addition to its broad based activities in the museum field, the Society sponsors a number of scholarship programs and other historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects to further the aims and objects of the Society.

For more information visit: www.nscda.org

About the CICF

The Workshops Foundation has enjoyed the great honor of partnering with the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) since 1998. The CICF generously provides grants supporting scholarships for students from across the United States to attend our one week leadership seminar titled: Democracy In Action.

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) focuses its efforts on programs that are designed to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the cruise industry. CICF supports programs that enhance educational opportunities for youth, including those designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, and promote good citizenship. The Foundation also supports academic enrichment opportunities aimed at enhancing student proficiencies in reading, math and science.

Founded in 1998 the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation was established to enhance our industry’s contributions in those communities where we have extensive partnerships with state and local businesses.

CICF supports non-profit organizations that encourage job creation and training, improve access to community services and provide youth and adult education, particularly for minority and disadvantaged students.

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity, focuses its efforts in the following areas:

  • Civic and Community Development
  • Educational Assistance and Training Programs
  • Public Health Programs
  • Environmental Preservation Initiatives

For More Information Visit:  www.cruisefoundation.org

The Fulton County Law Day Scholars program was created by a WF Alumnus from 1973, Mr. Patrick Longhi.  Mr. Longhi is an attorney living in the greater metropolitan area of Atlanta.   Mr. Longhi  had a vision to create a grass-roots scholarship fund titled ” The Future Leaders of America Scholarship” for local area high school students to attend our Congressional Seminar each summer.

The generous scholarship fund is comprised of donations and charitable grants from law firms, colleagues in the legal profession and local corporations interested in supporting and empowering future leaders in their community.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to the following contributors for supporting this important program:

  • Mr. Patrick Longhi, Attorney at Law
  • Montlick and Associates Scholarship
  • Insley Race Scholarship
  • Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Anti-Gang Scholarship
  • Roy Barnes/George “Buddy” Darden/Parag Shah Scholarship
  • Malone Law Firm Scholarship

The Broumand Scholars program was created and funded by a generous grant by a WF Alumnus, Mr. Clifton Broumand.  Mr. Broumand’s Scholarship creates once in a lifetime opportunities for students to attend our Congressional Seminar each summer.  Mr. Broumand is a passionate advocate of the importance of civic education, an informed and engaged electorate and the development of future leaders.

Mr. Broumand is a successful entrepreneur and President of Man and Machine, Inc.

The Tonkin Scholars program was created by the Founder of the Workshops Foundation, Mr. Leo Tonkin.   In the late 1960’s, a young Johns Hopkins and Harvard Law School graduate, then working on Capitol Hill as a congressional assistant and speechwriter, Mr. Tonkin decided the time was at hand to invite first hundreds, and then over ensuing decades, thousands of young American high school students from across the nation, to travel to Washington, DC to partake first-hand in short study seminars with leaders of American national government

That first Washington Workshops seminar was held in the early summer of 1968. That year witnessed 12 months of historic turmoil in America. First came the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Robert Kennedy, brother of the slain President, quickly accompanied by searing riots in city after city culminating in armed troops with drawn bayonets surrounding the U. S. Capitol building! Then occurred a tumultuous national political convention in Chicago, and later the unexpected refusal of President Lyndon Johnson to seek re-election. All of this shocked and galvanized a reeling America.

These many events and more cast amidst the unfolding drama of a growing war in Vietnam, brought increasing numbers of students to Washington to protest America’s controversial role in that far away land. It was a time when Members of Congress actually wanted to see fewer young Americans come to Washington, fearing more and worsening street demonstrations and an upending of U.S. foreign policy.

In such a climate, indeed perhaps because of it, Leo Tonkin thought the time never better for young Americans, with so much of their future at stake, to come to their nation’s capital, not to tear apart the fabric of government, but to meet and sensibly discuss with their elected leaders, their own deeply felt beliefs on the present and future course of America and its role in the international community.

A Washington Workshops commitment was forged that summer of 1968 that would bring together, session after session, year after year, bright and involved teenage Americans travelling to Washington, the epicenter of American and International Politics, and there to engage in the very essence of participatory democracy.

Late in his own life, Mr. Tonkin established and endowed a scholarship program for a continuing group of young Americans to participate in our one-week Congressional Seminar and our 3-6 week, Advanced Congressional Seminar, including an internship on Capitol Hill.   These young recipients, know as Tonkin Scholars, will have a matchless opportunity for a hands-on dialogue with their nation’s leaders and undoubtedly go on in their own unique ways to help fashion a bright, free and dynamic America of the future.

For more about Mr. Tonkin’s story, visit this News Link:

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The Workshops Foundation created an exciting new partnership with Hiram College and their James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency in March of 2015.

Hiram College is a coeducational liberal arts college of about 1,300 men and women located in the historic Western Reserve region of Ohio. Hiram is a nationally respected institution that offers students a distinct learning environment with an emphasis on close student-faculty interactions, international study experiences, and experiential learning environments.

Students come from 35 states and 30 countries and represent more than 25 different religions. Between 50-60 percent of the College’s graduates go on to graduate school or professional school within five years of earning their degrees. The College was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s premier undergraduate honor society, in 1971.

The James A. Garfield Center, the namesake of the 20th President of the United States was instrumental in the development of one of our newest programs, The Presidential Leadership Seminar.

President Garfield was a student at the Institute from 1851-1853 and rose to prominence through his intellectual ability and personal charisma. He took two years away to complete his collegiate degree at Williams College, then returned in 1856 to become first a teacher, then principal of the Institute. Garfield was a classical scholar and taught Greek and Latin, along with such subjects as mathematics and geology. Recognizing the value of formal education, Garfield broadened the curriculum offered at the Institute and insisted on its nonsectarian character.