Writing Scholarships

Here are some of the Writing scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing offers fellowships of $5,000 to both professional journalists and students of outstanding ability who have been accepted for enrollment in graduate-level programs in science writing. Journalists with at least two years of mass media experience will receive preferential treatment in the selection process. Students must have undergraduate degrees in science or journalism and must convince the CASW selection committee of their ability to pursue a career in writing science for the general public. Fellows may attend school either full-time or part-time. Applicants should plan to attend a U.S. institution and should be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Science writing is here defined as writing about science, medicine, health, technology, and the environment for the general public via the mass media. Fellowships are not available to those pursuing or intending to pursue careers in public relations, public information, or technical writing. The fellowships are underwritten by a grant from the Brinson Foundation, a Chicago-based philanthropic organization devoted to supporting educational, public health and scientific research programs, and by funds derived from a special bequest to CASW from the American Tentative Society, which, for three decades, played an important role in promoting public understanding of science and the scientific process. The fellowships honor the late Rennie Taylor, a science writer for Associated Press, whose estate provided funds for the establishment of ATS, and Alton Blakeslee, former science editor of Associated Press, who served as its longtime president.

Phelan Awards

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - English & Comparative Literature Award given to creative writing students.

Slam Behind the Curtain Scholarship

The Slam Behind the Curtain Scholarship Deadline: November 30, 2014 # of Scholarships: 1 Amount: $1000 “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” This famous quote from The Wizard of Oz reminds us that people tend to hide their true selves behind some version of smoke and mirrors. In honor of the film’s 75th anniversary, we’re asking you: Do you hide behind a curtain, or a mask of sorts? Who are you internally versus the person you present to everyone else? Write a poem about the true you, and what’s preventing you from pulling back the curtain so everyone can see too, for your chance to win $1,000 for your college education. Need a boost to get started? Check out our tip and action guides for ideas. HOW TO APPLY 1. Make sure you're eligible by checking out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and the contest rules. Basic requirements? (1) 25 years of age (or younger), (2) a current or former high school student who will attend/is attending college within the U.S. or its territories, and (3) a submitted original poem with the poetry slam tag Slam Behind the Curtain. 2. Become a Power Poet by registering to be a part of our community. Look at previous winners, Action Guides, Tip Guides and other poems for inspiration. 3. Add an original poem to Power Poetry by November 30, 2014. 4. Check out our FAQ if you have any questions about the contest. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for announcements about this scholarship and be sure to include #slambehindthecurtain when you share your poems!

Bloomington Press Club

Eligibility: * Awarded to students interested in serving as interns for local social service agencies. * Students must be prepared to give approximately 150 hours of their time in exchange for the stipend and have writing skills applicable to the production of newsletters, press releases, brochures, and other promotional materials. * A not-for-profit agency will be selected for each intern. * Two $1,000 stipends will be paid in three installments during the semester. * Contact Jan Skinner, chair, for an application and further information at 812-333-4245 or

How To Start A Blog Online Scholarship For U.S. Students

Starting from 2015, How To Start A Blog Online offers a one-time $500 scholarship to one talented writer who is a student in any U.S. university, graduate program, community college or trade school. U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. To apply for the 2015 How To Start A Blog Online Scholarship, write an essay and submit it via the scholarship website. Your essay should respond to the following prompts in 700 or fewer words: Blogging provides important experiences that extend our knowledge and contribute to personal development. Think of how it has impacted society in dramatic ways and changed the way we approach learning and capacity building, and answer ALL the following questions. 1. How have blogging and online learning tools changed our approach to teaching and learning in the last 10 years? 2. In what ways can educators use blogs and online learning tools to create better learning experience for students? 3. How can blogging empower young people to improve their communication skills and impact their communities? You’re strongly encouraged to read this helpful background material, why blog? Your essay should be formatted in Times New Roman, font size 12 and double line spacing. Submit it in PDF format using this document naming style: LastName_FirstName_2015 Scholarship.pdf. Your essay must be your original work and written in English. Plagiarism is a ground for instant disqualification. The deadline for all applications for the scholarship is December 9, 2015, 11:59pm PST. The winners will be selected by the How To Start A Blog Online Scholarship Award Committee. Applicants are judged on quality and thoughtfulness of entries. The winner will be announced on or before December 31 2015.

HSF/McNamara Family Creative Arts Grant Project

Program Description:The HSF/ McNamara Family Foundation Creative Arts Project Grant is designed to provide financial resources to outstanding Latino undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a creative arts related field: media, film, performing arts, communications, writing, etc. This grant is only intended to assist students in beginning and completing an art project. Students may be potentially eligible for grants up to $15,000. Eligibility Requirements: * Be of Hispanic heritage * Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired) * Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale * Be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands the upcoming academic year * Be majoring in the Arts, including but not limited to media, film, performing arts, communications or writing * Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Gene Roddenberry Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Writers

Majel Barret suggested this subject in Gene's honor for his love of writing: either book writing or writing for TV/movies.

Why I Write Scholarship Slam

The "Why I Write" Scholarship Slam encourages young poets to express what poetry means to them and how they were introduced to this written form. The winner will be chosen at random after the Power Poetry team performs quality checks (i.e. ensuring poems are not plagiarized and that applicants have only submitted one poem each) and will be awarded $1,000 towards his/her college education. However if we receive more than 20,000 submissions, we will increase the award value to $2,000. The basic requirements are: - Students must be 25 years of age or under and be U.S. residents (50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico) - Submissions can be written or multimedia - Applicants must sign up as users on - Submissions will be accepted until August 15th, 2013. The winner will be announced around mid-September. Relevant interests for this scholarship may include: writing, poetry, literature, filming, photography, multimedia design, and singing/performing.

Other Majors Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the Other Majors Application

One Job...May Change My Life

You’ve all heard the words: “dream job.” Maybe it’s editing a documentary film, or coding an awesome mobile app. Or perhaps it’s teaching Math, designing book covers, or managing a restaurant. Whatever your dream job is, chances are that it may take some time to get there. After all, practice makes perfect. Right? We all know that both our work and our words have the potential to transform our lives. So Power Poetry is teaming up with Rock Your Block (, a mobile social app that connects teens to employment and volunteer opportunities, for our latest scholarship slam: One Job...May Change My Life. Tell us what type of job could change your life to win $1000 for college. Sound too good to be true? Don’t worry. It isn’t. Here are some questions to think about: what type of job could transform your life path? How would you get that job? What type of education do you need for your dream job? What obstacles may stand in your way? What type of support do you already have--or do you need--to make that dream job a reality? Basic requirements? Basic requirements? (1) 25 years of age (or younger), (2) a current or former high school student who will attend/is attending college within the U.S. or its territories, and (3) a submitted original poem with the poetry slam tag One Job May Change My Life on

ISF-Ehsan Center Scholarship

ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-Ehsan Center scholarship of the Ehsan Center. The ISF-Ehsan Scholarship is only open to members and individuals affiliated with this center. Description and Eligibility: ISF accepts online applications once a year starting in December for a period of three months. Each Eligible Applicant Must Be: Muslim and active member of the Muslim Community; Attending an accredited university in the U.S.; Majoring in an ISF supported field of study; Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing.

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