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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.

Letters Scholarship

This award is open to women who age 35 and older who are U.S. Citizens. Applicant must send proof of age and U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, copy of passport page, or voter's registration with driver's license (license alone is not proof of U.S. citizenship).

History Happened Here Scholarship

School/Area Eligibility For Scholarship: * Elk Grove High * Laguna Creek High * Sheldon High * Florin High * Monterey Trail High * Valley High * Franklin High * Pleasant Grove High * Calvine High * William Daylor High * Las Flores * Rio CazaderoMinimum Required Grade Point Average: 3.5Financial Need: Preference GivenPost Secondary Type of School: Completing education that will lead to employmentSpecific Requirements for Applying: Interested in history, writing, and communityAttendance Requirement: * Full-Time Student * Part-Time StudentRequired Participation In Community Activities: YesAdditional Qualifications:Essay Required. Applicant's essay needs to describe how communities are enriched by the involvement and contributions of their citizens. Applicant needs to demonstrate interest in history and writing.Required Letters of Recommendation: Required 2 - 1 school, 1 community member

Teresa J. Sewell Literary Arts Scholarship for Hispanics Scholarship

School/Area Eligibility For Scholarship: Florin HighMinimum Required Grade Point Average: 3.0Financial Need: Preference GivenPost Secondary Type of School: 4 Year College or UniversityCommunity CollegeSpecific Requirements for Applying:Interest in English/Drama/Creative WritingAttendance Requirement: Full-Time StudentRequired Participation In School Activities: YesRequired Participation In Community Activities: YesAdditional Qualifications:Provide a writing sample (fiction, poem, or essay). Finalist will interview with school site scholarship committee. Applicant must be Hispanic.Required Letters of Recommendation: Required 2 - 1 from English teacher & 2 from another adult (not family)

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)

Bob Hammel/Perry Stewart Scholarship

Eligibility:# Awarded to full- or part-time students who are interested in pursing a career in writing.

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 janskinner1@insightbb.com.

Carol Green Wilson Scholarship

Eligibility:# Open to: All undergraduate Thetas# Additional Criteria: Recipient must be a creative writing, English or journalism major

Slam Behind the Curtain Scholarship

The Slam Behind the Curtain Scholarship http://www.powerpoetry.org/poetry-slams/slam-behind-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!

Dr. Kenneth M. Gordon Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be current students in a technical communication program (such as technical writing or editing, applied graphic design, technical illustration, or multimedia production) and 1)have at least 3 technical communication courses completed or in progress, 2)have at least 1 of those courses completed by the time of application and, 3)plan to continue their technical communication studies.

HSF/McNamara Family Creative Arts Project Grant

Program Description: In partnership with the McNamara Family Foundation, this program will provide financial resources to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time in a creative arts related field -media, film, performing arts, communications, writing, and others- to assist them in beginning and completing an art project. Grants will range from $5,000 to $20,000. 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). Be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited college or university 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. Have earned at least 12 undergraduate units or credits in a U.S. accredited college or university. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

Carey McWilliams Award

The Carey McWilliams prize is awarded annually to honor a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics. It carries a $500 cash prize. Eligible candidate meet the criteria laid forth by the first organizing committe. First, the individual chosen should have a distinguished public service career in newspaper, magazine or broadcast media. Second, the individual chosen should, in his or her work, illumine some broad general principles of the social and political sciences. Third, the individual may have a background in editorial activities and not necessarily be a working journalist or writer. Fourth, the individual should illumine certain key elements identified with McWilliams, which include intellectual forthrightness and political independence. also for student in the field of social science

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