In October of 2013, I was sitting at a Command Symposium during a break, and listening to people tell stories of friends who had been unable to attend Pennsic. This person had unexpectedly lost their job. That person was an eager college student who just didn’t have the funds. Another person had just had a baby, and money was too tight. All of the stories had a common thread – fencers who loved the Society and wanted to help the war effort, but couldn’t because of financial strain.
Thus came the idea – Why not start a Scholarship, driven by fundraisers throughout the year and supported by the rapier community? The Middle Kingdom Pennsic Scholarship Fund was born.
Many people have contributed in the past two years, by designing and running fundraisers, by donating prizes and auctions items, and by giving freely of their time and fighting skill. I am so very grateful to that pool of people, particularly Adam Carmychel for running Slamdown Fest to benefit the MKPSF last year. Because of our efforts, seven people received scholarships in the first year, and over a dozen received them last year. The goal this year is to see 20 people get scholarships, each worth the gate fee for War week. This GoFundMe campaign is the first of the MKPSF fundraisers this year.
If you would like to help your companions in arms make it to the field at War, please contribute. Any amount is of benefit. Thank you so much for your generosity.
Yours in Service,
Warder Mirabai Sitt al-Sirr
Creator of the Middle Kingdom Pennsic Scholarship Fund
Lt. General Rapier for the Midrealm