Adult Scholarships

To assist the many quilters who travel to attend workshops at The National Quilt Museum, scholarships are given twice a year.

The Shannon-Ross Scholarship Endowment Fund gives an opportunity for the advanced to professional quilter to strengthen their abilities.

The Patricia J. Morris Educational Fund aids the progression of the beginner to intermediate quilter. Applicants must only apply for the scholarship that most closely fits their status.

The Shannon-Ross Scholarship was established in 1993 through a generous donation from Jonathan Shannon and Jeffrey Ross. It was further developed by contributions from Bill and Meredith Schroeder and others, to encourage quilt makers to develop their skills and talents through study with the best teachers in the quiltmaking field.

The Patricia J. Morris Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 in memory of Patricia J. Morris, to encourage quiltmakers to develop their skills and talents through study with the best teachers in the quiltmaking field. Scholarships will be given to individuals demonstrating financial need and an eagerness to explore the medium in order to develop those skills necessary to this art, both technical and aesthetic.

Application Process

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please write a letter of application, providing the following information: your name, address, daytime phone number and an explanation of why you feel you should be granted a scholarship. This should include:

  • Why you are eager to study in a workshop at the National Quilt Museum
  • What experience and inexperience you bring to a workshop
  • A statement of your commitment to developing your knowledge/skills
  • The level of your need for financial assistance in order to study at The National Quilt Museum
  • Any other information that would support your application
  • Please limit your application to two typewritten pages Also include a selection of 5-10 photos or slides of your work and a self-addressed envelope with the appropriate postage if you would like these visuals returned.

Please address your letter: 
Scholarship Chair
The National Quilt Museum
P.O. Box 1540
Paducah, KY 42002-1540

Application Review

Applications will be reviewed on January 15 and July 15 of each year. For review during those sessions, applications must arrive at The National Quilt Museum by those dates. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of professionals in the field. Notification of awards will be made by the end of the following month. Awards will be made based on available earnings of the funds and are made at the discretion of the fund's governing board. Scholarship recipients must use the funds received to cover the registration fee. Recipients will be asked to furnish feedback about the workshop experience for the Friends of the Museum Newsletter. Once a scholarship is awarded, the recipient is no longer eligible to apply again.

Children's Scholarships

Scholarships are available for children who want to attend Quilt Camp for Kids but are unable to pay. Please inquire about these funds by contacting the museum's Director of Educational Programs, Becky Glasby at 270-442-8856.



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