Spring Scholarships 2015
Spring scholarship applications must be received by November 28, 2014, except for three special scholarships that have a deadline of August 1, 2014--see information below. Please note that, because of our rural location, overnight parcel services may take two or three days to deliver to Penland.
Work-study scholarships help make Penland available to a wider range of students. Work-study students receive room, board, and discounted tuition. No work-study for fall and spring one-week workshops.
Full work-study students work 20–25 hours per week on a variety of tasks—principally in food service and dishwashing. (No full work-study in glass.) Partial work-study students work approximately 10 hours per week. Most work-study jobs are labor intensive. If you have physical limitations and you are selected for work-study, please let us know before you get here what kinds of work you can do, and we’ll do our best to make an appropriate work assignment.
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.
Scholarship applicants are required to submit two letters of reference, a résumé, a $50 application fee, and a letter of interest and need. 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.
Special Work-Study Scholarships
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
Funded anonymously, this award supports the experience of a Concentration work-study student in clay, currently living in Texas. The award provides $2,850 toward the work-study scholarship fee for a student with financial need who is ready to engage fully in concentrated, creative exploration.
The deadline for the Almon, Wright, and Texas Star scholarships is August 1, 2014 whether you are applying for fall or spring. Along with other scholarship materials, applicants for these three scholarships should send five printed images of their work (maximum size: 8-1/2 x 11 inches) and a letter explaining their qualifications.
There is one work-study position in the fall and one in the spring in the development office.
Information about the development work-study.
There is one work-study position in the fall and one in the spring for a student who will teach movement classes. Your application and résumé should address your qualifications to teach movement.
Glass Studio Work-Study
There is one work-study position in the fall and one in the spring for a glass student who will work 30 hours per week in the glass studio. Your application should include five printed images (maximum size: 8H x 11 inches) of your work. For more details, contact the glass studio coordinator at 828-765-2359, ext. 122.
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 workshops may be full at that time). Work-study applications must be received by November 28, 2014, except for the special work-study scholarships listed above. Because these are available for both fall and spring classes, applications for these scholarships must be received by August 1, 2014. Work-study students will be notified by December 15, and once accepted will be asked to pay their invoiced balance.
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.