The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. offers scholarships 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

HGA Scholarship is open to applicants in the following categories and the funds may only be applied to tuition:

  • Artistic Merit - Recommended for applicants focused on producing advanced, artistic textile artwork
  • Scholarly Research - Recommended for applicants focused on textile arts education, textile conservation, textile history, etc.

Dendel Scholarship

The Dendel Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation in honor of the late Gerald and Esther Dendel to foster studies in handweaving. Dendel Scholarship funds may be used for tuition as well as materials or travel as determined on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be judged on their skill and dedication to handweaving.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted Online.

Applications are open for the 2024-2025 academic year. The application will reopen in December for scholarships for the 2025-2026 academic year.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2024 - for the 2024-2025 academic year - Extended to April 18, 2024

Scholarship funds must be applied to the following academic year.

Sample Applications

Because we are moving to a new application system, we are delayed in opening our application portal. Below you can find examples of past applications. These are only samples. Do not use these forms to submit your application. They can help you begin to prepare supporting materials and answers to questions.



Serve on the Scholarship Review Panel

Each year HGA members may volunteer to serve on the Scholarship Review Panel. These volunteers are responsible for reviewing and scoring each application.

For more information about Scholarships call (678) 730-0010 or email