Design Your Signature Hat Contest!

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

American Hat Makers

Number of Awards & Eligibility: There are 3 awards available.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: American Hat Makers, a renowned company in the hat industry, has been handcrafting exceptional hats for over half a century. Founded by Gary Watrous, the company's humble beginnings trace back to the 1970s when Gary started selling handmade leather goods from the trunk of his Chevy station wagon. Today, American Hat Makers has become one of the largest hat manufacturers worldwide. Gary Watrous, the visionary behind American Hat Makers, initially dabbled in leatherwork, creating belts, wallets, and purses with a small investment. However, when he crafted a leather hat for himself in the mid-70s, his true passion ignited. Hats quickly became Gary's sole artistic focus, and he dedicated himself to perfecting his craft. Garth Watrous, Gary's son and the current owner of American Hat Makers, was raised amidst the captivating world of hat making. Observing his father's exceptional artistry and craftsmanship, Garth developed a deep appreciation for the trade. After earning his business degree from San Diego State University, Garth joined his father in 2005 as a partner, bringing his entrepreneurial spirit and expertise to the company. Driven by a desire for continual growth, Garth has propelled American Hat Makers to unprecedented success, doubling its business not once but twice. Yet, his aspirations reach even higher. Garth's unwavering goal for American Hat Makers is crystal clear: to establish the company as the world's leading hat manufacturer. With a rich legacy of artisanal craftsmanship and an unwavering commitment to excellence, American Hat Makers continues to create exceptional hats that capture the imagination and style of hat enthusiasts around the globe.

Application requirements for the Design Your Signature Hat Contest! are:

  • No application requirements for this scholarship
Additional Information:

Award Amount: First place winners will receive: $500, Second place will receive: $300 and Third place will receive: $200.   The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $900.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 29, 2024

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 29, 2024

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by the listed deadline. No incomplete/ late submissions will be accepted. Submit your entry via email to [email protected] with the subject line "Hat Design Contest - [Your Name]." Award notifications will be announced on April 5th!
About American Hat Makers:
Contact Information: Scholarship Committee ,
Address: 125 Aviation Way Watsonville, California

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