Fall Scholarships

Scholarships – Fall 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.


Our initial scholarship selections have been made, but we still have partial scholarships with work requirement available in the following workshops:

Fall One-Week Session
Books: Exploring Ling- and Link-Stitch with Sarah Bryant
Iron: Basics of Forging with Elizabeth Brim
Metals: Conscious Connections with Tara Locklear
Printmaking: Copperplate Creatures with Michael Ezzell
Wood: Creating Stringed Instruments with Beth Ireland and Keun Ho Peter Park

Fall Concentration
Glass: Illumination Projects in Glass with Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek
Metals: Foundations in Form and Color with Laura Wood

These scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the spaces are filled or the workshops begin. Apply now!

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.

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 all meals and shared dormitory housing. Participation in fall workshops requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

Fees for students receiving partial scholarships are listed here.

Work-study scholarship recipients work approximately twenty hours per week; at this time all assignments are in the dining hall except for the three special partial scholarships listed below. Scholarship students in the hot glass studio work approximately ten hours a week (and pay a higher fee). 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 their session.

NOTE: Many aspects of Penland workshops have been 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. Also, please note that our safety procedures are subject to modification as public health guidance changes.

Available scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis until they are all claimed or the workshop begin.  Applications must include two reference forms completed (before the deadline) by your chosen references. Applicants will be notified upon acceptance, and, once accepted, will be asked to pay their invoiced balance. We will consider applications after the deadline only if there are unfilled spaces or cancellations.

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