Spring Scholarships

Scholarships – Spring 2021

Penland seeks students with varied educational, cultural, and life backgrounds. Scholarships further this goal by creating opportunities for people who could not participate without financial assistance.

How to Apply for a Scholarship or Studio Assistantship

  1. Minimum age is 18.
  2. Read scholarship information below.
  3. Read refund policy! It applies to scholarship students and studio assistants.
  4. Log into penland.slideroom.com and follow instructions.
  5. Spring scholarship applications are due by 11:59 PM ET on December 15. Applicants will be notified by January 5.

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

Partial Scholarships with Work Requirement

Partial scholarship students do work for the school during their session, pay a discounted tuition, and receive room and board. This spring, as part of our campus safety plan, all scholarship students will be assigned a private room with a shared bathroom.

Work-study scholarship recipients work approximately twenty hours per week and do a variety of tasks, mostly in food service and dishwashing. Most work-study jobs are labor intensive. If you have physical limitations and you are selected for a scholarship, 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, scholarship students are required to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the day before and 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM on the day after their session.

NOTE: Many aspects of Penland workshops will be altered for 2021 because of the pandemic. Before you apply, please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document so you will know what to expect and what will be expected of you. All scholarship jobs have been redesigned to meet these safety guidelines, including social distancing.

Scholarship applications must be made online, using Slideroom, by 11:59 PM ET on December 15 and must include two reference forms completed (before the deadline) by your chosen references. Scholarship students will be notified by January 5 for spring, and once accepted will be asked to pay their invoiced balance. We will consider applications after the deadline if there are unfilled spaces or cancellations. Apply at penland.slideroom.com, where you will find complete application requirements.

Special Scholarship with Work Requirement

Texas Star Scholarship
Funded anonymously, this scholarship supports a Concentration student in clay. The award is for a student with financial need who is ready to engage fully in concentrated, creative exploration. The recipient of this scholarship will have a full work requirement and will pay only $500 toward their tuition.

Full Scholarship with Work Requirement

Christy Wright Scholarship for Glass Art
Established by the family and friends of Christy Wright, this fund provides a scholarship with a partial work requirement (see above) that covers room, board, and tuition for a glass Concentration for a student making a career transition into glass.

Studio Assistantships

Information about studio assistantships is here.
Applications must be made online, using Slideroom, by 11:59 PM on December 15.

Standby Program

Residents of certain counties in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee are offered half-price tuition when they take unfilled spaces less than two weeks before the beginning of a workshop (four weeks before an eight-week session). This offer is also available to all K–12 teachers and college, university, and community college faculty regardless of where they live. For details visit this page:
Standby Program