Fall Scholarships 2013
Work-study scholarships help make Penland available to a wider range of students. Work-study students receive room, board, and a discounted tuition. Full work-study students work 20-25 hours per week on a variety of tasks--principally in food service and dishwashing. Partial work-study students work approximately 10 hours per week. (No full work-study in glass.) Most positions involve physical labor, but there are a few which can accommodate physical limitations. If you have physical limitations, please send a separate note explaining what kinds of work you are able to do. This will not factor into selection, but will help us with assignments. In addition to regular duties, work-study students are required to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the day before and the day after their session. If you cannot meet this requirement, do not apply.
Your letter should be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
Financial need: why attending Penland would be a financial hardship for you.
Seriousness of intent: your background and experience in craft, if any (prior experience in craft is not a requirement). The individual artistic goals that you hope to pursue in each of the classes you are applying for.
Work ethic: work-study students have an experience which is different from yet equally valuable to that of regular students. Do you feel you will benefit from balancing studio work with physical labor for the school?
You will also need to supply a résumé and two letters of reference which address your work ethic and your commitment to learning.
There is one work-study position in the fall and one in the spring in the development office.
Information about the development work-study.
Please do not apply for work-study if you are applying as a full-paying student. If you are not selected for work-study, you will have the opportunity to re-apply as a full-paying student (some classes may be full at that time). Work-study applications must be received by August 2, 2013 for fall. After the deadline, applicants will be considered only in the event of cancellations. Work-study students will be notified by August 18, and once accepted will be asked to pay their invoiced balance.
These endowed funds each provide one work-study scholarship for an eight-week fall or spring class.
Samuel A. Almon Scholarship
Established in honor of Samuel Almon, who was a friend of the school, this fund provides a fully-funded work-study scholarship covering room, board, and tuition for a textiles Concentration. This scholarship requires the student to contribute a piece made during the session to the scholarship auction.
Christy Wright Scholarship for Glass Art
Established by the family and friends of Christy Wright, this fund provides a fully-funded work-study scholarship covering room, board, and tuition for a glass Concentration for a student making a career transition into glass.
Texas Star Scholarship
Randy and Angela Collins fund this award to support the experience of a Concentration work-study student in clay, currently living in Texas. The award provides $2850 towards the work-study scholarship fee for a student with financial need who is ready to engage fully in concentrated creative exploration.
Along with other scholarship materials, applicants should send five printed images of their work (maximum size 8-1/2 x 11) and a letter explaining their qualifications. The deadline for these scholarships is August 2, 2013 whether you are applying for fall or spring. If you are selected for the Almon or Wright scholarships, you will be asked to make a $475 deposit, which will be returned when your work commitment is fulfilled.
Scholarship applications are accepted by mail only.
International students note: because the U.S. government considers our work-study scholarship and studio assistantship programs to be work for hire, students who are not U.S. citizens may not receive work-study scholarships unless they have a work permit.