Awards & Scholarships

Textile Society of America Awards were established to celebrate excellence in the textile field. Scholarships provide financial support to participate in TSA programs. To contribute to the scholarship fund click here. Recipients are recognized at the next biennial symposium.

Founding Presidents Award

The Founding Presidents Award was inaugurated in 2008 to recognize excellence in the field of textile studies and to ensure that the finest new work is represented at the organization’s biennial symposium. The awards are named in honor of the five founding presidents – Peggy Gilfoy, Milton Sonday, Lotus Stack, Mattiebelle Gittinger and Louise W. Mackie. Candidates are nominated by the committee, based on preliminary review of their abstracts, and asked to submit their papers six weeks in advance of the symposium for final review. The nominees receive complimentary conference registration and the winning paper receives an additional monetary award.  View past winners and nominees

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This award is by nomination only.

Student/ New Professional Award

The Student/New Professional Award was established by TSA’s Board of Directors (2004-2006) to support and encourage students and new professionals in the textile field to attend the biennial Symposium. The award acknowledges their fine contributions and covers the cost of symposium registration. These awards are presented biennially to selected TSA members who are currently either students in a textile-related field, have graduated from a textile-related field within the past three years, or have been in their first job in the textile field for less than three years. The award is open to presenters and symposium participants through an application process. Each recipient is asked to write a short article reporting on the highlights of the Symposium for TSA publication. Applications are posted at the time of symposium registration. View past recipients

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The Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Art

The Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Art is presented at the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium Banquet by the Brandford/Elliott Award Board. The award honors the late fiber artists Joanne Segal Brandford and Lillian Elliott and supports the work of contemporary fiber artists. The award process is overseen by the Brandford/Elliott Board.

This award is by nomination only.

R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award

Given annually to a publication judged to be the best book in the field of ethnic textile studies, the award consists of a cash prize funded by an endowment established by R.L. Shep in 2000. The purpose of this award is to encourage the study and understanding of textile traditions by recognizing and rewarding exceptional scholarship. Books are reviewed by the R. L. Shep Award Committee.  Click here for a list of past R.L. Shep awardees and details on how to nominate a book.



The Ursula McCracken Travel Scholarship

The Ursula McCracken travel scholarship offers partial funding to a Textile Society of America member to participate in one of the TSA study tours. It is named in honor of Ursula McCracken, former Director of the Textile Museum, who appreciated the importance of travel to enlarge knowledge of textiles.  Click here to donate to Awards and Scholarships.

Applications are available when registration opens for each tour. These scholarships are reserved for members who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Textiles Close Up Scholarships

The Textiles Close Up program provides a fee waiver for one TSA member to participate in each event. The program offers exclusive behind-the-scenes visits to view important textile collections in leading institutions and private collections, led by experts in the field. Click here to donate to Awards and Scholarships.

Applications are available when registration opens for each program. These scholarships are reserved for members who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Symposium Registration/Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available to help speakers and participants attend the TSA biennial Symposium and supplemental workshops. Assistance is in the form of full or partial registration fee waivers. Each program has an application form that is reviewed by committee, approximately six months prior to the Symposium. To apply for financial assistance you must be a TSA member. Join now.

Applications are announced via email to members.