SFSFC Awards SMOFCon Scholarships
San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (SFSFC) has awarded scholarships of $300 each to Michael Higashi and William Warriner to help them attend the SMOFCon convention-runners convention in Portland, Oregon this year over the weekend of December 2-5, 2005.
Michael Higashi began attending conventions in 1977, started volunteering at ConFrancisco in 1993, and was most recently Administration Division Manager for BayCon 2005. He was an area head at ConJose, the 2002 Worldcon. William Warriner is the Chair of FanimeCon 2006 and has been actively working with anime conventions since 1998.
SMOFCon is an annual convention about organizing science fiction conventions. Subject matter ranges from managing small conventions up to the unique challenges of World Science Fiction Conventions. The convention is held in a different city each year. The 2005 SMOFCon will be in Portland, Oregon at the Red Lion Convention Center Hotel, December 2-4, 2005. More information about this year's SMOFCon is available on their web site, http://www.osfci.org/smofcon/.
This is the second year that SFSFC has issued scholarships to allow promising convention runners to attend SMOFCon. SFSFC issued two SMOFCon scholarships in 2004, helping send two fans to SMOFCon 22 in Washington DC.
Applications were judged by the scholarship administrators, who for 2005 were the three directors of SFSFC who have chaired Worldcons: David W. Clark, Kevin Standlee, and Tom Whitmore.
SFSFC was the parent non-profit corporation of ConJose, the 2002 World Science Fiction Convention, and ConFrancisco, the 1993 Worldcon.
I'm pleased we were able to present these scholarships again, and hope we do so next year as well. I know I find SMOFCon valuable, and I think it's an important thing to encourage people to learn how others run their conventions. We get better conventions when we're communicating with each other, and not just by e-mail, LJ, etc. There's still value in in-person meetings.