Summer Scholarship Information

Penland Scholarships Summer 2018

Scholarship applications must be made online, using Slideroom, before midnight on February 17 and must include your letters of reference. Scholarship applicants pay a nonrefundable $50 processing fee. Applicants will be notified by April 1.

Apply at penland.slideroom.com

Penland is an intentionally inclusive and dynamic creative community—a community and school that welcomes diversity and purposefully seeks students with diverse educational, cultural, and life backgrounds. Penland values and seeks students who can profit from the creative energy that arises from diverse artistic visions and approaches. Our scholarship program helps people live creative lives by enabling opportunities and artistic challenges for people from all walks and stages of life.

Penland offers scholarships in five categories:

  • General work-study scholarship students work for the school before, during, and after their session. They receive meals, dormitory housing, and pay a discounted tuition. There are more than 175 of these scholarships.
  • Special work-study scholarship students work for the school before, during, and after their session. They receive meals, dorm housing, and pay no tuition. There are 71 of these scholarships.
  • Full scholarship students receive meals, dorm housing, and tuition with no work requirement. There are 115 of these scholarships.
  • Partial scholarship students receive a $1,000 scholarship for a 2- or 2-1/2-week workshop with no work requirement. There are 38 of these scholarships.
  • Studio assistants work in the studio before, during, and after their session, preparing for the workshop and assisting the instructor. They receive meals, shared housing, and pay no tuition.

Each of these scholarship categories is described in detail below.

Some spaces are reserved in each workshop for scholarship students. Scholarships are intended for students who would have difficulty attending Penland without financial assistance. You may not apply as a full-paying student if you are applying for a scholarship. If you are not selected, you may reapply as a full-paying student if space is available. (You will not have to pay another processing fee.)

How to Apply for a Scholarship or Studio Assistantship

  1. Minimum age is 18. Scholarship and studio assistantship applications must be made online at penland.slideroom.com.
  2. Read cancellation and refund information on the registration page; it applies to scholarship students.
  3. If applying for a studio assistantship, check Slideroom to determine availability.
  4. Scholarship and studio assistantship applications require a nonrefundable $50 processing fee, a letter explaining your financial need and interest, a résumé, and two letters of reference. Reference letters must be submitted on Slideroom as part of your application. If you are applying for a studio assistantship, special work-study, partial scholarship, or full scholarship, your letter must address your qualifications, and you will need to submit images of your work.
  5. Your application must be complete before 11:59 PM EST on February 17, 2018.
  6. You will be notified of your status by April 1, and you will be asked to pay in full at that time.

More details are included in the Slideroom application form at penland.slideroom.com.

General Work-Study Scholarships

Work-study students are an integral part of life at Penland. Work-study students accept the challenge of balancing studio time with working for the school.

International students note: because the U.S. government considers our work-study scholarship program to be work-for-hire, students who are not U.S. citizens may not receive work-study scholarships unless they have a work permit. International students may apply for the full or partial scholarships that have no work requirement.

During the session work-study students work approximately 20 hours per week on a variety of service tasks, usually cleaning, food service support, dishwashing, or gardening. All work-study students are given a schedule on the first day and generally work part of each day during the session as well as a full day before and after the session. The work is manual labor and the schedule, while reasonable, requires work-study students to carefully balance their time and energy between the studio and their work obligations.
Work-study students receive dormitory housing. Dormitories are common living areas accommodating 4 to 13 students.

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 arrive what kinds of work you can do, and we’ll do our best to make an appropriate work assignment.

In addition to working during the session, 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. You are responsible for making travel arrangements that will allow you to meet this requirement. If you cannot meet this requirement, please do not apply.

Special Work-Study Scholarships

Special work-study scholarships carry the same work requirement as general work-study, however they cover all room, board, and tuition. They target students with exceptional talent and financial need. If you apply for special work-study, you are encouraged to also apply for general work-study.

Some of these scholarships have stated preferences in addition to exceptional talent and financial need. Detailed descriptions of these scholarships are available here. If you meet any of the following preferences, please include this information in your letter and indicate it in your Slideroom application.

  • Woman
  • Woman taking a workshop and pursuing a career in books, drawing, painting, or photography
  • Taking a workshop in clay, glass, drawing, iron, metals, painting, printmaking, textiles, or wood
  • Resident of Idaho, Oregon, Washington
  • LGBTQ NC resident
  • NC resident living east of Raleigh
  • NC resident taking a workshop that uses new technologies
  • Resident of Rockingham County, NC
  • Student, faculty, or adjunct faculty at Meredith College
  • Person of color
  • Veteran
  • Person with disability
  • Exploring a career or life transition
  • Amateur or professional performer in dance, drama, or music
  • Sixty or older, studying an unfamiliar medium
  • Forty or older
  • Teacher (at any level)—no images required
  • Changing career to craft education

Partial Scholarships

These scholarships provide $1,000 toward a two- or two-and-a-half-week workshop, with no work requirement. They target students with exceptional talent and financial need. One partial scholarship is reserved for a student who lives in North Carolina and is taking a workshop that uses new technology.

Full Scholarships

Full scholarships cover room, board, and tuition with no work requirement. These target students with exceptional talent and financial need. If you apply for a full scholarship, you are encouraged to also apply for work-study.

Some of these scholarships have stated preferences in addition to exceptional talent and financial need. See detailed descriptions of these scholarships here. If you meet any of the following preferences, include this information in your letter and indicate it in your Slideroom application.

  • Woman
  • Woman 40 or older
  • Woman 50 or older
  • Woman 50 or older, NC resident
  • Forty or older taking a wood workshop
  • Fifty or older
  • Taking a workshop in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, metals, painting, paper, photo, print, textiles, or wood
  • Metals educator living in Japan
  • Accomplished in one medium and taking a workshop in another
  • Student at Louisiana State University School of Art
  • Person of color living in the U.S.
  • LGBTQ
  • International student
  • Emerging artist
  • Emerging artist 50 or older
  • Rising sophomore or junior at Appalachian State University and first time at Penland
  • Resident of Cleveland County, NC
  • Resident of Avery, McDowell, Mitchell, or Yancey counties in NC.
  • Art teacher from San Diego County, CA taking a clay workshop
  • Teacher (at any level)—no images required
  • Artist living in Puerto Rico

Studio Assistants

Studio assistants are students who assist instructors and are responsible for maintaining the school’s standards for studio operation. Assistants receive housing and meals and pay only the $50 nonrefundable processing fee, a technology and hazardous waste fee of $12–$20, (billed in advance), and studio fee (paid at the end of the session). Studio assistants are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Assistants are selected based on their knowledge of a working studio. In addition to 25–40 hours of work each week, studio assistants are required to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the day before and 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM the day after their session and must make travel arrangements which will allow them to meet this requirement. If you cannot meet this requirement, please do not apply. Many instructors select their own assistants; available positions will be listed on Slideroom.

International students note: because the U.S. government considers our studio assistant program to be work-for-hire, students who are not U.S. citizens may not receive studio assistantships unless they have a work permit.