The Tall Pines Quilt Guild of Huntsville, Texas began offering scholarships in 2007 to graduating seniors within our membership area. Initially there were two $500 scholarships offered - one for a graduating senior showing proficiency in sewing, and one for a graduating senior intending to major in math education. Scholarship awards have varied from $500 to $1,500, depending on the funding available. Scholarship awards are based on fund-raising activities and vary from year to year. Primarily our scholarships are funded by proceeds from the sale of tickets for our scholarship quilt, which is lovingly designed and quilted by some talented volunteer quilt members. This year’s quilt:
Tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5) are available from TP Quilt Guild members and are sold at a variety of local community activities where our quilt will be on display at various times during the year. The drawing for this quilt will be held at Huntsville’s Fair on the Square on October 1, 2022. Private monetary donations are also accepted towards our scholarship awards. Memorial donations are acknowledged with handwritten notes to the families. Contact our treasurer or our scholarship chairman for donation information.
The Mission of the Tall Pines Quilt Guild is “to foster appreciation of quilting and fine quilts, to increase knowledge of traditional and contemporary techniques of quilting, to provide an encouraging environment in which quilters can practice and exchange ideas, to educate the public as to the significance and history of quilting as an art form, as well as an ongoing craft, and to preserve this rich heritage of quilting for future generations." We are thrilled to support exceptional students who hold these same values.
Our Two Scholarship Categories: Proficiency in Sewing Regardless of declared major, outstanding students who demonstrate proficiency in sewing are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Math Education Major Due to the extreme need for mathematic educators, and because we recognize the importance of math in quilting, we are pleased to support students in the pursuit of this major. In this category, only students intending to major in math education will be considered and sewing proficiency is not a criterion.
All public, private and home school graduating seniors are eligible to apply if they attend school within our membership area. We thank our membership and our community for the overwhelming support of our community youth.
This past year has been difficult for our youth, but particularly for high school graduates who had to endure unique learning environments and for the most part were unable to participate in normal school or community activities because there were none. Despite the numerous challenges, the following students demonstrated exceptional academic skills. We are very pleased to introduce our 2021 scholarship winners:
TANYA BENAVIDEZ, a graduate of WILLIS HIGH SCHOOL, was a $1,500 SCHOLARSHIP winner in the category of intention to major in Math Education. Tanya excelled scholastically with a 4.0 average in her senior year. She was excited when she was accepted into the HONORS SOCIETY, but a little frustrated that she was unable to participate in any school activities. She received excellent letters of recommendation from her teachers. She noted that she found it particularly challenging to learn in the virtual education environment and additionally she was responsible for tutoring her younger brother who was also studying in a virtual environment. Tanya’s long-term goal is to become a math teacher and to return to the Willis School District to teach. Tanya will be attending SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY majoring in MATH EDUCATION.
The recipient of the TPQG $1,500 scholarship award in the category of SEWING PROFICIENY is SYDNEY HILLHOUSE, a graduate of Huntsville’s Alpha Omega Academy. Sydney excelled scholastically, while taking dual credit classes. Her talents beyond academics, are centered around creative arts. Private schools participate in competitions (athletic, academic & fine arts) sponsored by an organization known as TAPPS (Texas Association of Private & Parochial Schools). Sydney won a 2nd place State award in the fine arts category of SEEK and SKETCH and a 7th place State award in Watercolors. As for quilting, Sydney reports that she learned to quilt in her junior year of high school and was immediately “hooked”. This past year she won the Walker County Fair District Grand Champion Award for one of her quilts. She also took 1st place in the 2020 Knights of Columbus Quilt show. Sydney’s long- term goals include becoming a MARINE BIOLOGIST and enhancing her quilting and artistic skills. Sydney will be attending TEXAS A&M University in Galveston, Texas with a declared major in MARINE BIOLOGY.
The recipient of a $500 scholarship award in the category of Sewing Proficiency is LAURENARMSTRONG, a graduate of New Waverly High School. Lauren is described by her instructors, as one of the few success stories of adaptation to virtual learning (“head above the other students”) even though Lauren writes that she prefers visual and classroom instruction. Two of her teachers (who appeared to be very thoughtful in their recommendations), wrote about Lauren’s successful and positive transition to remote learning. They both described Lauren as having a “can-do” attitude – never giving up, never whining, or complaining but persisting with focus, dedication and wholeheartedly embracing and conquering whatever challenge is thrown her way. Perhaps that’s because Lauren has dealt with underlying medical issues all her life. This past year presented additional challenges to Lauren and her family, when her father developed some serious medical issues, but Lauren and her family persisted, and she ended the school year with exceptional grades and the admiration of her teachers. Lauren has been involved in 4-H for five years. She has been involved in the Photography Club, Archery Club, Duds to Dazzle (Fashion Design), and participated in the Walker County 4-H Quilting club. As a young girl, Lauren became interested in fashion design. She began by modifying and sewing her garments. Her ultimate dream is to design her own fashion line someday. She enjoys quilting and approaches it just she does every other opportunity – with enthusiasm, embraces it as a learning experience, and enjoys the creativity. Lauren will attend SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY with a major in INTERIOR DESIGN and a minor in FASHION MERCHANDISING.