Scholarships & Awards

EGA offers scholarships and awards to encourage study and excellence in needlework. Amounts awarded may vary each year. See all our Scholarships & Awards below. For more information, contact our Scholarships & Awards Chair at Scholarships@egausa.org

Scholarships

  • Judith and Susan Richardson Initial Steps Toward Teaching Certification Scholarship

    Scholarship Information and Application

    Due Date: Applications are accepted as soon as the candidate has completed the screening process

  • Mary-Dick Digges Scholarship

    • For the study of surface embroidery, defined as crewel embroidery, Japanese embroidery, and stumpwork.
    • Awarded by the Education Department

    Scholarship Application

    Due Date: March 1 of each year | Recipients notified by: April 1
    2020 Scholarship Winner: Lynette Maton from our Dogwood Chapter in Georgia.

  • Legacy Scholarship

    • For EGA members to study the art of embroidery and the preservation of the heritage of the art of embroidery
    • Awarded by the Scholarship Review Committee

    Scholarship Application

    Due date: January 15 of each year | Recipients notified by March 15
    2019 Scholarship Winner: Cynthia Steinhoff from our Cyberstitchers Online Chapter and plural member of our Constellation Chapter and Chris Sikorski from our South Bend/Michiana Chapter in Indiana.

  • Genny Morrow Memorial Scholarship

    • Scholarship awarded to an EGA national seminar attendee for use at the next year’s National Seminar
    • Awarded by the Board of Directors
    • Award covers one four-day or two two-day classes in a canvas technique.
    • Information is available at each National Seminar

    2018 Scholarship Winner: Martha Katz from our Louisville Chapter.

  • Penny Evans Memorial Scholarship

    • For EGA members for an embroidery related class, study project, or similar education offering by EGA, The Royal School of Needlework, the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, or the City and Guilds of London Institute, in the U.S. or the U.K.
    • Awarded by the Scholarship Review Committee

    Scholarship Application

    Due date: May 1 of each year | Recipients notified by: June 1
    2019 Scholarship Winner: Karyn Meyrelles, member-at-large from California.

  • Marjorie Jones Scholarship

    • Awarded to benefit students of crewel embroidery taking a crewel class at EGA’s National Seminar or an EGA region seminar.

    Scholarship Application

    Due Date: April 1 of each year | Recipients notified by May 1
    2018 Scholarship Winner: Roberta Burke from our Valley Oak Chapter in Davis, California

  • Research Fellowship Grant Award

    • Applicants need not be members of EGA
    • Awarded for in-depth research in all areas of embroidery and allied textile arts, and to create a basis for dialogue between EGA and other grant and research institutions.
    • Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded annually.

    Scholarship Application

    Due Date: June 1 of each year | Recipient notified by September 1
    2019 Scholarship Winner: Cindi Lemkau from The Laurel Chapter in NC

  • Important EGA Scholarships & Awards information

    • Scholarships are not transferable to any other person.
    • Scholarships may not be used for any purpose other than the stated purpose on the application.
    • Any EGA member may apply without regard to gender, race, religion, national or ethnic origin.
    • Applications are reviewed by the EGA Scholarship Committee in a blind process.
    • The Committee reserves the right to withhold scholarships in any given year if there are no appropriate applications.
    • A single individual may submit only one application per scholarship.
    • A single individual may be awarded only one EGA Scholarship per year.

Awards

  • Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award

    This annual award, established to honor a treasure of EGA, a longtime supporter and former national president, Barbara (Bobbie) Pilling, is presented to an EGA member who has “gone outside the box” with an original piece of needlework that shows personal growth and artistic merit. The accompanying statement should address both personal growth and artistic merit and explain how the stitcher thought “outside the box.”

    Award information

    Due Date: The 2020 Bobbie Pilling Award has been cancelled. We look forward to your entries next year for the 2021 Bobbie Pilling Award. The deadline for digital entries for the 2021 Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award is May 1, 2021.

    Send paperwork to Education@egausa.org with Pilling Award in the subject line.

    2019 Winners

    First Place – Marilu Morency, Mountain View Chapter, PSR, “Habitat”
    Second Place – Scottie Erikstrup, Rose City Stitchers Chapter, GPR, “I Thought I Saw a Dragon”
    Third Place – Lori Anne Parker-Danley, Member-at-large AL, TVR, “The Passage”

  • Gold Thread Awards

    The annual awards recognize outstanding individuals who have given freely of their time and talents, and best exemplify EGA’s purpose. A total of 13 individuals may be acknowledged – one of each region, with a national recipient selected from among the region recipients and announced at our National Seminar.

    Printable Nomination Form

    Due Date: May 1 of each year

    2020 Gold Thread Award Winners
    Carolinas Region: Cathie Barker, The Laurel Chapter
    Great Lakes Region: Betty Clyde, Columbus Area Chapter
    Greater Pacific Region: Virginia Welch, Rose City Stitchers Chapter
    Heartland Region: Nancy Crow, Quinsippi Chapter
    Metropolitan Region: Ginny Thompson, Skyllkill Chapter
    Mid-Atlantic Region: Judith Herrick, Molly Pitcher Stitchers Chapter
    Mid-Eastern Region: Judy Badger, Keystone Chapter
    New England Region: Susan Allison, Southern Maine Chapter
    Pacific Southwest Region: Ganet Burr, Channel Island Chapter
    Rocky Mountain Region: Eleanor Ames, Sandia Mountain Chapter
    South Central Region: Joyce McCoig, San Antonio Chapter
    Sun Region: Abbie Kverek, Sand Dollar Chapter
    Tennessee Valley Region: Elise Lampton, Louisville Chapter

    2019 National Gold Thread Award Winner: Joyce McCoig

  • Important EGA Scholarships & Awards information

    • Scholarships are not transferable to any other person.
    • Scholarships may not be used for any purpose other than the stated purpose on the application.
    • Any EGA member may apply without regard to gender, race, religion, national or ethnic origin.
    • Applications are reviewed by the EGA Scholarship Committee in a blind process.
    • The Committee reserves the right to withhold scholarships in any given year if there are no appropriate applications.
    • A single individual may submit only one application per scholarship.
    • A single individual may be awarded only one EGA Scholarship per year.

Questions?

Email our Scholarships & Awards Chair at Scholarships@egausa.org