Guest post by Jennifer Lewis
As the number of women entering colleges and universities continues to increase, many of them are finding themselves studying in fields that once were dominated by men. Writing professionally may be a goal of both traditional students as well as those returning to school. What hasn’t changed is the expense of a college education. Fortunately, there is financial aid available for those women who want to study writing at a university. While many scholarships and grants are available to writers of any background, there are several that have been created especially for female scribes.
*Journalists – There are several scholarships available for women who want to study journalism in school. Many of the financial awards come from regional organizations or are aimed at women with a specific background. For example, the Association for Women Journalists – Chicago offers an award of up to $1,500 for female students in the Chicago area, while the Robin Roberts/WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship Award presents up to $4,000 to female college basketball players who want a graduate degree in sports communication or journalism. Women in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Connecticut can receive from $2,500 to $10,000 depending on need and as long as they maintain a grade point average of at least 3.2. The Smoak Scholarship Fund is available to full- or part-time students interested in working at a newspaper. Funding varies from year to year.
*Artistic writing – Some scholarships are offered to female writers with a more artistic bent to their craft. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts annually presents awards of between $1,000 and $10,000 to artists of all types, including writers. In 2012, three of the four students who received awards for writing were women. It is open to 17- and 18-year-olds who want to perfect their art.
*Specific interests – Opportunities for financial aid exist for writers with special interests. The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship can provide up to $5,000 for someone using creative writing to curb tobacco use. Students with previous experience in foodservice journalism can apply for a scholarship through the International Foodservice Editorial Council. Applicants must be attending an accredited college and could receive from $500 to $4,000.
There are a wide variety of financial aid opportunities available to women who want to study to become professional writers. Paying for the education to perfect their craft can be expensive, but a scholarship or grant can help defray some of that cost. Some are geared toward women athletes, while others are designed for writers with exceptional talent or a specific background. Women are encouraged to apply for as many as possible to increase their chances of paying tuition. They should also check with local or regional organizations that might have a special interest in advancing the studies of women writers.
Jennifer writes for a website that has more information on grants for women writers, including grants for women with children. She believes women should not be deterred by the cost of a college education and should apply for any financial aid they may be entitled to.
More on Grants and Scholarships:
- The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2012: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes (Ultimate Scholarship Book: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships,)
- Scholarships, Grants and Prizes 2011 (Peterson’s Scholarships, Grants & Prizes)
- The Definitive Guide to Grants and Scholarships