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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 is managed by the Board of The Oxford Punch Needle Instructors Guild (OPNIG).

Number of Scholarships available: In 2024, the Patricia Lawrence Scholarships will be awarded to six (6) beginner students to attend a beginner class taught by any Oxford Certified Instructor.

Scholarship Amount: $135 will be awarded to pay for tuition and a $100 gift card will also be included to go towards materials needed in class. Total value $235.

Eligibility: The Pat Lawrence Scholarship welcomes applications from any beginner student who would like to attend a beginner class with an Oxford Certified Instructor.

How to apply: The application for this scholarship is simply a letter or email to the Board of Directors of The Oxford Punch Needle Instructors Guild (OPNIG.) In the email, 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.

Applications may be sent via mail to or mailed to:

Kim Scanlan
OPNIG Treasurer 
4767 Dahlia Way N
Hugo, MN 55038

The names of the applicants and those who receive the scholarship will be kept confidential.


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: 

Kim Scanlan
OPNIG Treasurer
4767 Dahlia Way N
Hugo, MN 55038

 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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