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

Our Giving heart designates scholarships and awards available only to EGA members.


Judith and Susan Richardson Initial Steps Toward Teaching Certification Scholarship

  • A scholarship to take EGA Teacher Certification in the technique of your choice.
  • Benefits teacher certification candidates in the EGA Teaching Certification Program seeking their first EGA certification.
  • 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
  • Download Scholarship information
  • Due Date: April 1 of each year | Recipient notified by: May 1 of each year

             2014 Scholarship Winner: Susan Goodier

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
  • Download Scholarship Application
  • Apply online
  • Due date: January 15 of each year | Recipients notified by: March 15 of each year

    2013 Scholarship Winner: Amanda McCavour

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 is $200 for one four-day or two two-day classes or $100 for one two-day canvas class.
  • Information is available at each National Seminar

    2014 Scholarship Winner: Lyn Klaman

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, or the City and Guilds of London Institute, in the U.S. or the U.K.
  • Awarded by the Scholarship Review Committee
  • Download Scholarship Application
  • Apply online
  • Due date: April 1 of each year | Recipient notified by: May 1 of each year

    2014 Scholarship Winner: Raven Fagelson

Marjorie Jones Scholarship

  • Awarded to benefit students of crewel embroidery taking a crewel class at EGA’s National Seminar or an EGA region seminar.
  • Download Scholarship Application
  • Apply online
  • Due Date: April 15 of each year | Recipient notified by May 15 of each year

              2014 Scholarship Winner: Michele Chavez


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


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 for an original piece of needlework that “goes outside the lines.”
  • Download Award information
  • Due Date: September 1 of each year
  • Send entries to EGA Headquarters

    2013 Award Winners
    • 1st place:Jane Wheeler, Desert West Chapter, Rocky Mountain Region for Starry, Starry Night
    • 2nd place: Geraldine Meeder, Desert West Chapter, Rocky Mountain Region for Ridgeway State Park
    • 3rd Place: Patsy Bruton, Desert West Chapter, Rocky Mountain Region for Paso del Sol

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.
    • Online Nomination Form
    • Due Date: May 1 of each year

      2014 Gold Thread Award Winners
      • Carolinas Region: Brenda Hedge
      • Great Lakes Region: Mary Jo Prieve
      • Greater Pacific Region: Laurel Knapp
      • Heartland Region: no nomination
      • Metropolitan Region: Sue Chadwick
      • Mid-Atlantic Region: AliceRae Kutish
      • Mid-Eastern Region: Julie Fera
      • New England Region: no nomination
      • Pacific Southwestern Region: Deborah Power
      • Rocky Mountain Region: Kathy Lind
      • South Central Region: Holly Ortiz
      • Sun Region: Jineen Kulczycky
      • Tennesse Valley Region: Gwendolyn Ray

National Gold Thread Award Winner: Laurel Knapp, GPR


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