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Adele Bishop Scholarship

Bishop and Lord stencil work

The image above is from a blog post by Melanie Royals that she did some years ago on partners Adele Bishop and Cile Lord about their seminal book, The Art of Decorative Stenciling.This is one of several photos from the book featured in her blog.
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It is the only book that is suggested reading for applicants who are undertaking IDAL's stenciling certification. While it has been out of print for some time, there are still copies available at

History of the Scholarship

Adele Bishop Callaway, the First Lady of Stenciling, was born in Washington, NC in 1927. Part of her early life was spent in Barcelona, Spain where her father was a correspondent for the New York Herald. Her first dream was to become an opera singer and she studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York, as well as studios in Paris and Italy.

In the 1950s, Adele read a book about stenciling and began creating designs to use in her East Hampton home. She shared this home with her first husband, Nicholas Carone, an artist. Her love of stenciling inspired Adele to start a custom stenciling business and in 1960 she took on a partner, Cile Lord. These two designed stencil kits for do-it-yourselfers. They also wrote The Art of Decorative Stenciling, a book still used as a reference guide for all those interested in stenciling. After moving to Vermont in 1970 with her second husband, John Callaway, Adele began a mail-order business to meet the demands of stencilers everywhere. It was our great honor to welcome her as the guest speaker at the first SALI Convention in Arlington, VA.
Adele died on January 30, 1996 in Kinston, NC. That fall, SALI established the Adele Bishop Memorial Fund.

SALI co-founder Jane Gauss generously donated $2,000 to get the fund started.

The Adele Bishop Memorial Fund is for chapters only.  It was created to perpetuate both the ideals of philanthropy and education through stenciling and the decorative arts.  Only chapters in good standing will be eligible.  That means the annual report has been submitted to the Chapter Support Director on time.  While the money is to be used for educational purposes, each chapter may decide how best to use the funds. 

Competition Entry Rules and Description

NOTE:  Submission deadline is September 30, 2019.
Scroll down for the printable Scholarship Award Application.


Use the guidelines below to put together your Chapter’s entry to participate in this opportunity to receive The Adele Bishop Scholarship Award for your chapter.

Please begin by reading the full description before putting together your Chapter’s entry.

Your entry will be in an Email File for judging purposes.

File Entries to include:

  • Name of the Chapter.
  • Pictures of the organization using the space, item, etc. would also be good.
  • Letter describing the project, why the project was chosen, the benefits to the organization, and anything else you want to tell us about the project (500 words max.).
  • Full roster of chapter members during the time of the project, with project participants indicated.
  • List of any companies or other organizations that donated time or supplies to the project.
  • List of styles and types of decorative artistry represented by your total membership and a list of those used in the project.
  • Name of the organization chosen, their website  and a brief description of it (200 words max).

    File Instructions:

    • All photos in JPEG form 300 dpi or higher.
    • Word Doc or PDF file of the letter describing the project (500 word max).
    • Word Doc or PDF file with name of the organization chosen and a brief description of it. (200 words max.)

    The File should be labeled with the Chapter name and the year of the Convention. 

     All files should be named ChapterName_Philyear_president name.jpg or .doc
    Example: ArtzyArtisans_Phil08_AnnScaffold.jpg

    To PRINT a copy, click the link below. Application Form will appear in another web browser window, the top right corner you should see a desktop printer icon.  Click the printer icon, and select your printer, click to print.

    ABS Application.pdf

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