Scholarships – Fall 2020 / 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
- Minimum age is 18.
- Read scholarship information below.
- Read refund policy! It applies to scholarship students and studio assistants.
- Log into penland.slideroom.com and follow instructions.
- Fall scholarship applications will be available June 15 and are due August 1. Students will hear back about their applications by August 15 with payment due upon receipt of acceptance notification.
More details are included in the Slideroom application form at penland.slideroom.com.
With the exception of studio assistantships, Penland does not have scholarships for fall or spring one-week workshops.
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. There are no scholarships for one-week workshops—except for studio assistantships (see information below).
There are two work commitment possibilities: Full work-requirement scholarship students work approximately twenty hours per week. (No full work option in glass.) Reduced work-requirement scholarship students work approximately ten hours per week. Scholarship students 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.
Scholarship applications must be made online, using Slideroom, by 11:59 PM on August 1 for fall and must include two reference forms completed (before the deadline) by your chosen references. Scholarship students will be notified by August 15 for fall, 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 Partial Scholarships
There is one scholarship position in the fall and one in the spring in the development office. View the specific skill requirements for this position here.
Glass Studio Work-Study
There is one scholarship position in the fall and one in the spring for a glass student who will work 30 hours per week in the glass studio. Your application should include five images of your work. For more details, contact the glass studio coordinator at 828-765-5507.
There is one scholarship position in the fall and one in the spring for a student who will teach movement classes. Your application and résumé should address your qualifications to teach movement.
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: