Collaborative Scholarships at Penland School of Crafts
Funded annually in partnership with other institutions.
Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Visionary Scholarship
Funded by the Art Alliance of Contemporary Glass (AACG), the Visionary Scholarship program was established for individuals seeking to pursue a career in glass. This award provides a full scholarship for a student seeking a career in art using the medium of glass. The mission of the AACG is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass.
Clay Artists of San Diego Scholarship Award
The Clay Artists of San Diego Scholarship is a special scholarship for residents of Southern California who teach high school art in the San Diego County school system. The recipient will receive full tuition, room, and board for a one or two-week summer session in clay. This scholarship is funded annually by the Clay Artists of San Diego, a non-profit 501c3 organization.
Funded by the Nicholson Foundation, Penland and GlassRoots partner to serve inner city students, ages 18 – 24, served by GlassRoots’ post-high school initiatives in Newark, NJ. Students participate in an 11-week life skills, career development, and college readiness program including an 8-week concentration workshop at Penland with mentorship and professional development. Each student who successfully completes the 11-week program will receive college credit for their study at Penland and the option for automatic admission to Essex County College in Newark, NJ.
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) Scholarship
This award is funded by Penland friends, Cathy and Alan Adelman, and is awarded and managed by HOLA. It allows a youth living in the Los Angeles area to attend a full two-week summer session at Penland.
Higher Education Partnership Scholarships
These scholarships are provided in partnership with up to 30 colleges and universities who match Penland’s contribution of the cost of providing full scholarships for a two-week summer session at Penland. The college or university partner selects students, who must be first-time students at Penland to be eligible.
William R. Kenan Jr. Fellowships
Funded by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, these full scholarships are available to recent graduates of UNCSA for study in all media in summer classes at Penland. Applications and selections are made in partnership with UNCSA.
Antony Swider Art Education Award
Funded by the Penland Endowment for Art Education held at the Winston-Salem Foundation, this award provides one full scholarship for a summer session to a public school teacher in the Forsyth County/Winston-Salem school system. For more information or to contribute to this endowment please contact the Winston-Salem Foundation at
UK Artist at Penland Fellowship
A board of distinguished UK makers and curators select the recipient for this award, which provides an accomplished student from the UK a two-week summer course with no work requirements. Each year the fellowship is awarded in a different media. The award covers tuition, room and board, as well as international travel and ground transportation to and from Penland.
UNC Chapel Hill Minority Student Scholarship Award
Funded by Dr. Olive Greenwald and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Art, this provides a full scholarship to a minority student in UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Art program. Selections are made by the UNC Chapel Hill Graduate Studies for Studio Art. Preference is given to a minority student.