Scholarship Funds

Scholarships at Penland School of Craft

With help from a wide variety of sources, Penland has been able to provide programs of consistently high quality while keeping fees at a reasonable level. However, many talented and dedicated craft students are still unable to attend Penland without some kind of financial assistance. Scholarship assistance comes from scholarship auctions of student and instructor work, annual giving, and endowments that provide a permanent source of scholarship funds.

See a full list of scholarships and their generous donors here.

How you can help a student come to Penland

Penland is committed to its scholarship programs and asks you to join with us to provide a variety of opportunities that will enable anyone in need of financial support to participate in Penland’s programs. Gifts of any size are welcome and will contribute to the ongoing support of our scholarship program. You can fund a scholarship on an annual basis for $3,000. We currently have 75 annually funded full scholarships and 30 annually funded partial awards. Alternatively, we invite you to contribute to Penland’s scholarship endowment through an existing endowment or by establishing a permanently restricted named scholarship fund within that endowment.

An endowment fund of $65,000* will enable one student each year to attend a two-week summer session class with no work requirement. This scholarship provides full tuition, room and board, and the invaluable gift of focused, uninterrupted studio time. Penland currently has 18 endowed full scholarship funds awarding 26 scholarships.

Penland Forge

An endowment fund of $45,000* will enable one student each year to attend a two-week summer session class as a work-study student. This scholarship provides full tuition, room and board for students with a strong commitment to service and a desire to be integrated into the behind-the-scenes life of the school. Penland currently has 27 endowed work-study scholarship funds awarding 55 scholarships.

An endowment fund can be established for fall and spring concentration scholarships as well. If interested in discussing a concentration scholarship, please contact the Development Office at 828-765-2359 ext. 1207.

* These fund amounts are based on the value of the scholarship plus basic operating costs.

Penland is a non-profit institution. All contributions to the Penland School are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. The Penland Board of Trustees’ investment policy guides the establishment of gift category amounts. These amounts are reviewed annually as costs for study at Penland are evaluated. Individuals are encouraged to participate in Penland’s scholarship programs by contacting the development office at the Penland School of Crafts at 828-765-2359 ext. 1207.