Purpose of the Scholarship
Recognizing that many aspiring writers do not have the financial means to attend the conference, the Board of Directors authorized the creation of Storymakers Conference Scholarships in April of 2012. We encourage our members to contribute to this scholarship fund so that we can assist as many struggling writers as possible.
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While this is a needs based scholarship, we do not ask applicants to submit detailed financial information. Rather, each applicant will self-certify that without financial assistance it would be difficult, if not impossible, for them to attend. Their self-certification will be taken and accepted at face value.
To demonstrate seriousness about a writing career, the applicant should also indicate why she/he wishes to attend the conference and what path they hope to take with their writing. This should be brief, but enough to demonstrate that the applicant will put the skills and tools they acquire at the conference to good purpose. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to disqualify any application they judge as lacking merit.
A person may qualify for a scholarship just one time, unless unusual circumstances cause the committee to recommend a second scholarship. A second scholarship must be approved by the Board of Directors.
Scholarship applications for the 2020 Storymakers Conference are available NOW!
Nature of the Scholarships
Scholarships are available in the following forms:
- FRIDAY ONLY scholarship
- SATURDAY ONLY scholarship
- Full Enrollment: This scholarship pays the full fees for one qualified applicant to attend both days.
Scholarships cover the cost of registration only. They do not include travel expenses, lodging expenses, or any conference extras such as first chapter contests, intensive classes, or agent sessions.
Number of Scholarships Awarded
Since the scholarships are funded by voluntary contributions from members and sponsors, we do not know from year-to-year how much money is available. A five-person Scholarship Committee supervises the distribution of scholarships. It consists of two active members of the board and three members of the conference commitee.
This sub-committee will:
- Supervise the posting and review of the scholarship applications.
- Collect and circulate among themselves the applications to screen out those who are not qualified.
Meet at least two weeks prior to the opening of General Registration for the Conference to determine how many scholarships can be funded. (
Once the number of scholarships in each category is known, the committee will then choose the qualifying applicants as follows:
- If there are enough scholarships available to meet the request of applicants then the committee will notify the applicants that they have been accepted and provide direction on how to register.
- If there are more applicants than available scholarships, the scholarships will be awarded by the committee according to merit and need shown in the application.
Stewardship of Scholarship Funds
All contributions to the fund will be made by PayPal to our regular Storymakers account. The Secretary/Treasurer will account for the scholarship fund.
No funds will be given to scholarship recipients. Rather, they will be issued a voucher that can be applied against the cost of their registration.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the Scholarship Fund, but the direct awarding of the scholarships is the responsibility of the Scholarship Committee as indicated above.