It’s wonderful to be selected as a scholarship winner from the Foundation for Appraisal Education. I’m a life-long learner and a naturally curious person. I’m a business owner who needs to continuously increase my knowledge and skills. The scholarship incentive is a true benefit for new appraisers looking to establish a strong foundation for appraisal practice. Building a new business is tough and expensive. Every element is a steep learning curve so it’s not only important to focus on the business infrastructure but also on appraisal practice and techniques. This scholarship will ensure that I do both. My clients are keen and often present me interesting items for valuation. It’s important for me to gain a better understanding of the nuances in other specialty categories of personal property so that I can provide the best service I can and know when I need to call on the expertise of my ISA appraiser colleagues. Thank you to the selection committee and the Foundation.
The Foundation for Appraisal Education was familiar to me once I became a member of the International Society of Appraisers. When renewing my membership with ISA, I began donating to their scholarship fund after finding in my area there were not many other jewelry appraisers affiliated with ISA and with USPAP and no mentoring programs. Where I work in the Southwest there is a need for this strategy of teaching and mentoring. I would like to be one of the people that can make this happen. The FAE is incredible for offering the opportunity of expanding our scope of education and experience and I am so thrilled to be a recipient this year. I am using the funds to apply for my Associate Membership with the ISA. Since my application may take longer than one practicing personal property, due to the jewelry specialty, I am excited that the Foundation for Appraisal Education thought that my road is a solid one.
Lauren K. Abramowitz
I am ecstatic to learn that I am to be the recipient of the Foundation for Appraisal Education’s Experienced Appraiser Scholarship. When I started in the educational process of being an appraiser, just attending the core course was a “pie in the sky” dream. Through the course, I made some precious friends and learned invaluable information that has served both myself and my community. The next year, I attended the ARC course through the ISA and loved every minute. I have always been an advocate for learning, education, and giving back. Every year, I give a lot advice that serves many. I give of my time to local museum fundraiser appraisal fairs. With my higher level of skill as an appraiser, I can better serve the community and myself in my own practice. Dolls are my specialty and in the last two years, I have focused my learning to extend to jewelry and general household contents. Fine Art is one of the things in my industry that I have always turned away as I didn’t feel like I had enough knowledge or know how to accept assignments or give qualified opinions. I know I have a lot to learn and with the foundational coursework that I will receive through the ISA Fine Arts course, I will be better equipped for the future of my industry. I am grateful to receive this generous scholarship and will be ‘paying it forward’. See you in Chicago!
I am honored to have received this scholarship from the Foundation for Appraisal Education. With this generous award, I will be able to complete all principal courses related to the personal property valuation offered by the American Society of Appraisers. Growing up in China, my grandparents told me many painful stories from the Cultural Revolution – a time when one could be publicly humiliated, tortured, or even put to death for possessing books and art from older dynasties or the West. These stories had a profound impact, inspiring me to preserve truth by collecting cultural artifacts and rare books. My educational background is in business and music. I work as a CPA for the media and entertainment industry by day and compose music at night. My work in accounting often involves consulting and valuation projects, and my composition process includes intensive studies of manuscripts. I have always wanted to incorporate my passion for the arts into my business and music background. The scholarship encourages me to explore a new course for my career -realizing my dream of becoming a personal art appraiser with a specialty in Asian art, books and manuscripts.
A big thank you to the Foundation of Appraisals Education for selecting me as a scholarship recipient. It is a true honor to be chosen as I begin a new career in the appraisals sector. The scholarship has provided the opportunity and confidence to continue my education with the International Society of Appraisers through the Core Course in Appraisal Studies and connect with other appraisers. The course will greatly assist in helping to build my knowledge base as I launch my own practice in Canada. In doing so, I will be able to marry my two main skill sets as a management accountant and sommelier to obtain membership as a qualified appraiser specialising in collectible wines and other alcoholic beverages.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, I became interested in the field of appraisals. This interest gave me the opportunity to connect with my mentor, an ISA CAPP. This relationship has allowed me to further explore the field, while cultivating a true passion for appraising. I believe that a successful appraiser must possess technical, practical and hands-on experiences. Through my relationship with my mentor, and in my daily appraisal work, I have achieved the necessary experiences and foundations to build a successful career as an appraiser; however, I seek to further my education by earning my certification. This scholarship awarded to me by the Foundation of Appraisal Education has the potential to jumpstart my career and truly realize my passion. I am overjoyed and hugely humbled to have been given this chance. My hope is that this scholarship, and the opportunities that come with it, will help me develop into a hardworking, ethical, and loyal appraiser. My intention is to be an outstanding lifelong representative of the Foundation for Appraisal Education.
Mary Catherine Godvin
I am both honoured and grateful to the Foundation for Appraisal Education and the Decorative Arts Trust for choosing to award me the 2016 Decorative Arts Trust Scholarship. This scholarship, to attend the Foundation for Appraisal Education seminar “Focusing on Frauds, Fakes & Forgeries in the Decorative & Fine Arts” in Philadelphia, is an excellent opportunity for me to enhance my knowledge in both the area of the Decorative Arts, and in the area of Forgeries and Fakes. I am thrilled for this recognition and am eager to use the award to enhance my education and skills in this area. Professionally, I have worked in the fine art business all my life. I completed a double major in Fine Art History and Fine Art Studio at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. I have had a successful career working for various arts organizations, and currently work as an art advisor based in Toronto. Having the opportunity to join the International Society of Appraisers by taking the Core Course, and learn USPAP has opened many doors for me. This special recognition to attend the FAE seminar in September 2016 enables me to further develop my skills as a respected member of the appraisal community. Thank you. I am excited about attending this seminar and look forward to reporting back on my experience.