Fall/Spring Scholarships

Scholarships – Spring 2020

As of December 12, Penland still has the following scholarships available for Spring 2020: 2 photography, 1 glass. Apply at penland.slideroom.com. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.


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. We are happy to be able to significantly reduce tuition fees for Concentration scholarship students this year.

Workshop Information Is Here.

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 will be available October 15 and due November 28.

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 midnight on November 28, 2019 for spring and must include two reference forms completed (before the deadline) by your chosen references. Scholarship students will be notified by December 15 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 Partial Scholarships

Development Work-Study
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.

Movement Work-Study
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.

Studio Assistants

Information about studio assistantships is available here.

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