this scholarship was established in march 2019, in memory of my friend danielle.

the world lost another bright light far too soon. danielle was smart, talented, ambitious, passionate, and intimidating af. we met because she came to one of my classes in january 2019. we became friends because of her spirit. it was hard to not immediately fall in love and awe with her the moment you met her. danielle was an incredible writer and courageous in the way she tackled life. you can read a blog post she wrote about our class together here. i wish she’d had more time on this earth. she left a strong imprint already, and would have left a bigger one on a world that needs more souls like hers.


how to contribute

the scholarship fund is topped up through the purchase of the crush hat pattern, which danielle was going to model for me before she passed. 50% of the proceeds of this pattern moving forward will go to the scholarship fund to support the expansion of danielle’s curious spirit in a wider population. danielle was going back to school to officially become a teacher after teaching in other capacities, and she would have been incredible. here’s to the encouragement of lifelong learning for all of us.

scroll down to learn how to apply for a scholarship and how it is applied in the faq’s below.


who is eligible?

anyone who identifies as trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming and/or bipoc.

what do i get as a recipient?

a free copy of my natural dyeing as practice ebook, to begin or expand on your knowledge of using natural materials to bring more sustainable beauty into your everyday life.

how can i apply?

please email me at with the subject line “crush scholarship” with the following information:

  • your name, age, and location

  • information that confirms you are eligible for the scholarship

  • what interests you about natural dyeing and your experience with it, if applicable

  • anything else you believe is relevant for choosing your application

can i nominate someone for the scholarship?

yes, absolutely. however, i will still need to receive an email with the above information from the nominee as well.

how does the scholarship get delivered?

i will email a copy of the ebook directly to scholarship recipients. in the event that email is not easily available/accessible and/or that a recipient does not have access to a personal computer, i am happy to print a black & white copy of the ebook and mail it to you via the postal system.

how does the scholarship fund grow?

50% of all proceeds from the crush knitting pattern from the establishment of the scholarship will be added to the pot. additionally, extra proceeds may be added at my discretion at any given time and will be communicated to the public via regular messaging channels. private donations are accepted at this time as well. if you would like to sponsor a student, please feel free to arrange this privately on your own and/or connect with them directly to register and pay for a class.

how will you choose recipients?

priority will be given to applicants living at or below the poverty line, as well as to indigenous applicants and newcomers to canada. please indicate in your application if any of these apply to you and you wish to self-identify. applicants will not be identified publicly unless they wish to be.

what if there are more applicants than money available?

i will keep all applications on file, and as money becomes available, applicants will be advised if their status changes. all applicants will receive an email confirming their request has been received, and a follow-up one if they are chosen to receive a scholarship.

can i receive the scholarship more than once?

at this time, no. the goal for this scholarship is to allow a broader group of people to access this knowledge, so unless indicated at a later point, applicants will be eligible for one scholarship only.

more questions?

please email with any further questions you may have.

the crush scholarship is issued at the sole discretion of ash alberg, and may be paused or cancelled at any time without notice if necessary (i don’t foresee this happening). applicants are not guaranteed a scholarship.