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The Guild offers scholarship opportunities for new fiber enthusiasts as well as those who have been involved in the craft for a long time. [Download application] [Download info.] Financial assistance is available for individuals or groups interested in pursuing knowledge that will enrich the fiber arts community. There are two sources for these funds: the Margaret Carr fund and Horace Lethbridge fund. Carr scholarships are for members only and recipients are required to share the knowledge gained from their study. Lethbridge scholarships do not have these restrictions.

Margaret Carr was a long-time member of the Guild and the first instructor of many current weavers. She taught at the Rochester Museum and Science Center and is remembered for her energetic support of students. She was a lifelong teacher and lover of textiles. The memorial fund in her name was started in 1992.

Horace Lethbridge was also an accomplished weaver. His participation in the Multi-harness study group exemplifies his interest in weaving technique and love for all fine things in life. His generous bequest in December of 2009 and his commitment to learning will benefit fiber artists for many years to come.

Scholarship awards are intended to enhance one’s education in textile arts, and may be applied to course fees and some related expenses at most learning venues. Funds are not available for lodging, meals or travel expenses. The maximum award is $550 per application.

Scholarship recipients are encouraged to share their study experience. There are a variety of ways that this can be done. As examples, past recipients have done demonstrations, compiled a resource notebook, given a lecture or worked on a Guild committee related to the learning area. For application information, click HERE. Applications are also published in the YARN in January and June. Applications are reviewed three times a year following each deadline: March 1, June 1 and November 1.