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SFSFC awards this year's SMOFCon scholarships

23/10/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions (aka SFSFC) has awarded scholarships of $300 each to Michael Higashi and William Warriner to help them attend the SMOFCon convention-runners convention in Portland OR this year over the weekend of December 2nd-5th, 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 ConJosé, 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.

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.

The name "SMOF" stands for "Secret Masters Of Fandom," and is a humorous reference to the people who organize and manage science fiction conventions. Another term sometimes used for such people is "conrunner."

SFSFC was the parent non-profit corporation of ConJosé, the 2002 World Science Fiction Convention, and ConFrancisco, the 1993 Worldcon.

More information about this year's SMOFCon is available on their web site,

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