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Scholarship

 

Scholarship Programs


The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) offers two scholarships (HGA and the Dendel) for students enrolled in accredited academic programs in the United States and Canada. The scholarships fund students furthering their education in the field of fiber arts, including textile research, history, and conservation. Rather than financial need, scholarship funds are awarded based on artistic and technical excellence and/or on demonstrated excellence in research of textiles, textile history, and textile conservation.
Scholarship funds of $4,000 or more are awarded annually for the academic year.

 

HGA Scholarship 

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HGA Scholarship funds can only be applied to tuition and is open to applicants that fall int one of two categories:

  • artistic merit or
  • scholarly research in the fiber arts/textile industry

The artistic merit category is recommended for those applicants focused on producing advanced, artistic textile artwork.
The scholarly research category is recommended for those applicants focused more in textile arts education, textile conservation, textile history, etc.

 

Dendel Scholarship 

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The Dendel Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation in honor of the late Gerald and Ester Dendel to foster studies in handweaving.

Dendel Scholarship funds can be used for tuition as well as materials or travel determined on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be judged on their skll and dedication to handweaving.

 

 

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate fiber arts academic program in the United States or Canada.
  • Scholarship funds will only be applied towards expenses directly tied to your study at the accredited institution you are currently enrolled. Scholarship funds can not be applied to an independent workshop.
  • Only one scholarship is awarded per individual per year.
  • Applicants are not required to be members of HGA.
  • Application and all support materials must be received on or before the February 1 deadline.

   Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

 

Step 1: Submit Support Materials

Support materials will only be accepted via email to Programs@WeaveSpinDye.org with the Subject Line: Scholarship Support Materials – Your Name.

Support materials include:

   1. Unofficial Transcript from your institution documenting enrollment, course work, academic strength, etc.
   2. Work Samples (Digital Images, articles, publications)


   Artistic Merit and Dendel Applicants

  • A minimum of five (5) and a maximum of 16 digital images of your artwork featuring completed works utilizing fiber techniques and showing the body of your work.
  • All images must be JPEG file type using the maximum quality setting with at least 300ppi. Length on the long side of the image should be approximately 3000 pixels. Images may be color corrected to accurately represent the work but not enhanced in any way. The artist’s name must not be visible on the digital image. Label the files with your Last Name_Title of Work. The images of accepted work will be become the property of HGA and may be used for HGA publications and other promotional purposes.
  • Must include accompanying Work Samples Submission Form

    Scholarly Research Applicants

  • Written essay answering the question: “What do you think are the most important issues the fiber/ textile arts field is facing today and what will it be like in the next 10 years?”
  • Optional: Up to three (3) papers or articles of your published research
  • All files are to be Word or PDF format only. Label the files with your Last Name_Title of Work.
  • Must include accompanying Work Samples Submission Form
     

 

 

How to Apply (Deadline February 1)
Step 1:
Complete Application
Applications must be submitted online through the HGA website, www.WeaveSpinDye.org.
HGA Scholarship for Artistic Merit & Dendel Scholarship application
HGA Scholarship for Scholarly Research application
Step 2:
Submit Support Materials
Support materials will only be accepted via email to Programs@WeaveSpinDye.org with the Subject Line: Scholarship Support Materials – Your Name. Support materials include:
1. Unofficial Transcript from your institution documenting enrollment, course work, academic strength, etc.
2. Work Samples (Digital Images, articles, publications)
Artistic Merit and Dendel Applicants
• A minimum of five (5) and a maximum of 16 digital images of your artwork featuring completed works utilizing fiber techniques and showing the body of your work.
• All images must be JPEG file type using the maximum quality setting with at least 300ppi. Length on the long side of the image should be approximately 3000 pixels. Images may be color corrected to accurately represent the work but not enhanced in any way. The artist’s name must not be visible on the digital image. Label the files with your Last Name_Title of Work. The images of accepted work will be become the property of HGA and may be used for HGA publications and other promotional purposes.
• Must include accompanying Work Samples Submission Form
Scholarly Research Applicants
• Written essay answering the question: “What do you think are the most important issues the fiber/ textile arts field is facing today and what will it be like in the next 10 years?”
• Optional: Up to three (3) papers or articles of your published research
• All files are to be Word or PDF format only. Label the files with your Last Name_Title of Work.
• Must include accompanying Work Samples Submission Form
Step 3:
Request Letters of Recommendation
Two (2) letters of recommendation must be submitted on your behalf by and from people who are knowledgeable about your work and work habits.
Direct your recommenders to send their letters via email to Programs@WeaveSpinDye.org with the Subject Line: Scholarship