The Patricia Lawrence Scholarship

In 2020 this scholarship will be awarded to six beginner students to attend a Learn to Hook a Rug in a Day Class. It will pay the full $135 tuition cost for the class.

Patricia Lawrence


This Scholarship was established by the punch needle rug punching group called Paulette’s Punchettes of Braintree, Vermont to honor Patricia Lawrence, a long-time member of their group and a dedicated rug maker and punch needle teacher who died too young in 2015. Pat (shown above) was a model in every respect: she brought integrity, patience, generosity of spirit and a great sense of humor to all she undertook. She loved sharing her knowledge of rug punching with both adults and children.

By creating the Patricia Lawrence Scholarship, the group wanted to carry on Pat’s legacy and assist someone who might not otherwise be able to finance the course, to attend the Oxford Rug Hooking School. 


The awarding of the scholarship will be managed by the Board of The Oxford Punch Needle Instructors Guild (OPNIG), who will be joined by one representative of Paulette’s Punchettes.

Contributions to the Patricia Lawrence Scholarship Fund are welcome. Donations will be gratefully acknowledged and charitable receipts for tax purposes will be provided for amounts over US$25.00. Checks or money orders must be in US funds, made out to the Oxford Punch Needle Instructors Guild with a note stating that the funds are to be directed to the Patricia Lawrence Scholarship. Donations should be sent to: 

Susan Barry
OPNIG Treasurer
28 Old Farm Road
Dover, MA  02030

Each year, the Pat Lawrence Scholarship will be awarded to one or more beginner students selected by the Board of the Oxford Punch Needle Instructors Guild (OPNIG) and a representative of Paulette’s Punchettes. The names of the applicants and those who receive the Scholarship will be kept confidential; the OPNIG board will announce only whether the Scholarship has been awarded. All applicants will be notified of the results of their application once a decision has been made.


Eligibility: The Pat Lawrence Scholarship welcomes applications from any beginner student who would like to attend a one-day beginner class at the Oxford Rug Hooking School.

Application “Form”: The application for this scholarship is simply a letter to the Board of Directors of OPNIG. In the letter, applicants should describe:

  1. Something about themselves and why they want to learn punch needle rug hooking
  2. A detailed estimate of their total cost to attend the school (e.g., travel, accommodation, course fees, materials) and how the Pat Lawrence Scholarship would help defray the cost and supplement their own resources

Deadline for Sending an Application: Applications must be received by April 30, 2020. 

Scholarship Amount: In 2020 six (6) $135 scholarships will be awarded to pay the tuition for any of the Oxford Rug Hooking School’s Learn to Hook a Rug in a Day classes. Applications should be addressed to:

The OPNIG Board of Directors
c/o The Oxford Company
4174 Route 30
Cornwall, Vermont 05753

Applications may be sent either by regular mail to the above address, or by email to:


Scholarships will be awarded based on the following factors:

  • Desire and enthusiasm to learn the craft
  • Willingness to share the craft with others
  • Financial need

The names of the applicants and of the recipient will remain confidential. 

All applicants, whether selected for the scholarship or not, will be notified individually by May 15, 2020.

 Patricia Lawrence Rug

Patricia Lawrence was a graduate of the 2008 Oxford Teacher Certification Program and she completed this beautiful rug as part of her homework. Anna's Flowers is 2' x 3'.

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