Scholarships & Awards


EGA offers scholarships and awards to encourage study and excellence in needlework. Amounts awarded may vary each year. For more information, contact EGA headquarters.

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
2019 Scholarship Winners: Caroline Halliday from our Winchester Chapter in Virginia, and Dawn Legier from our Southern Illinois Stitchers chapter in Chicago.

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
2018 Scholarship Winner: Natalie Dupuis, EGA Member-at-Large from Canada


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: May 1st, 2020 | Winners announced at EGA National Seminar
Send paperwork to 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 Award

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

2019 Gold Thread Award Winners
Carolinas Region: Linda MorrisonBlue Ridge Chapter
Great Lakes Region: Carmen HeareTown and Country Chapter
Greater Pacific Region: Christine Day,  Marin Golden Threads Chapter
Heartland Region: Sandra Gordon, Member-at-large
Mid-Atlantic Region: Leslie CarsonConstellation Chapter
Mid-Eastern Region: Judith GulickCorning Chapter
Metropolitan Region: Ellen SainesMonmouth Chapter
New England Region: Suzanne BrunoSouthern Maine Chapter
Pacific Southwest Regionb: Claudia KilmitOrange County Chapter
South Central Region: Marian HoffmanHouston Chapter
Sun Region: Marty WyattIndian River Chapter
Tennessee Valley Region: Merry Hawkins-Charron, Iris Chapter

2018 National Gold Thread Award Winner: Carole DeWitt

More 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.