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
  • Scholarship Application
  • Due Date: March 1 of each year | Recipients notified by: April 1

             2016 Scholarship Winner: Carol Sylvester

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

    2016 Scholarship Winners: Gillian Page & Pam Doffek

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

    2016 Scholarship Winner: Terry Mullen from  Baldwinsville, NY

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

    2016 Scholarship Winner: Jane Rausch

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

    2016 Scholarship Winner: Joanne Loebig

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

    2016 Grant Recipients: Deneen Wilson and Marie-Renée Otis


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 throught “outside the box.”
  • Award information
  • Due Date: April 1, 2017 | Winners announced at EGA National Seminar
  • Send paperwork to with Pilling Award in the subject line.
  • First Place - Found in a Berry Patch, Suzanne Osterberg
  • Second Place - Renewal, Birgit Ruotsala
  • Third Place - Hope, Marilu Morency


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.

  • Printable Nomination Form
  • Due Date: May 1 of each year 

    2016 Gold Thread Award Winners
  • Great Lakes Region: Karen Wojahn
  • Heartland Region: Ann Bergman
  • Metropolitan Region: Maria Hall
  • Mid-Atlantic Region: Elizabeth Dey
  • Mid-Eastern Region: Molly Ruminski
  • New England Region: Christine Gaugh
  • Pacific Southwestern Region: Judy Dymond
  • Rocky Mountain Region: Jane Wheeler
  • South Central Region: Linda Ferguson
  • Sun Region: Linda Hansen
  • Tennesse Valley Region: Elizabeth Alexander

    National Gold Thread Award Winner: Karen Wojahn, Great Lakes Region 

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