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 Scholarship Review Committee

    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
    2022 Scholarship Winner: Eileen Bennett, member at-large from Jenison, MI.

  • 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
    2021 Scholarship Winner: Abby Roane from our Hagerstown Chapter in Maryland

  • 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: Extended to May 1st, 2022 (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
    2021 Scholarship Winner: Sydney Lokant

  • 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

     The deadline for digital entries for the 2022 Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award is June 1, 2022.

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

    2021 Winners – See the winners in our 2021 Highlights video

    First Place – Grasshopper by Tawney Carter, San Antonio Chapter, SCR
    Second Place – On the Horizon by Marilu Morency, Mountain View Chapter, PSR
    Third Place – Shells and Needlelace by Rachel Watkins, Long Beach Chapter, PSR

  • 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

    2022 Gold Thread Award Winners
    Carolinas Region: Kim Sanders, Laurel Chapter
    Great Lakes Region: Jana Bass, Dayton Chapter
    Greater Pacific Region: Molly McLaughlin, San Francisco Chapter
    Heartland Region: Marietta Mason, Needle Arts of Wichita Chapter
    Metropolitan Region: Christene Thurston, New York Capital District Chapter
    Mid-Atlantic Region: Donna Pence, Oatlands Chapter
    Mid-Eastern Region: Jean Hubsch, Corning Chapter
    New England Region: Laurie Sims, Southern Maine Chapter
    Pacific Southwest Region: Carol Algie Higginbotham, Southern California Chapter
    Rocky Mountain Region: Joanne Ingersen, Pikes Peak Chapter
    South Central Region: Dee Cavalier, Louisiana Lagniappe Chapter
    Sun Region: Kathy Singleton, Central Florida Chapter
    Tennessee Valley Region: Melissa Lazear, Majestic Mountains Chapter

    2022 National Gold Thread Award Winner: Kim Sanders

    2021 Winners | 2020 Winners | 2019 Winners | 2018 Winners

  • Golden Needle Awards

    Golden Needle Awards is a judged and themed exhibit open to all forms of creative needlework, from EGA members at all levels of expertise—beginners to highly experienced.

  • 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