Although fees paid by Penland students are more than matched by donations from contributors so that tuition, room, and board can be kept as low as possible, many talented students are unable to attend without financial assistance. In order to make its programs available to a diverse student body, the school works hard to provide hundreds of scholarships and tuition discounts. Every year, roughly 50 percent of Penland students attend with some form of financial assistance.
Penland scholarships are funded by auctions of student and instructor work, annual giving, targeted foundation requests, and endowments that provide a permanent source of scholarship support. See a full list of scholarships and their generous donors here.
Applying for a Scholarship
Available scholarships, application deadlines, and requirements vary depending on the session (spring, summer, fall) and the type of scholarship. Please pay careful attention to and follow the directions for applying outlined in the registration information for your desired session. We encourage you to apply for any scholarships for which you qualify; you will be considered for the most advantageous first.
Scholarships—May Special Session
We have spaces reserved in each workshop this session for scholarship students; all scholarships are partial scholarships with a work requirement. Applications should be made at the link above. They are due February 17 by 11:59 PM ET, and applicants will hear back by March 5.
Our summer scholarship program includes both partial and full scholarships and scholarships with and without a work requirement. More information about each is available at the link above. Applications are due by February 17 at 11:59 PM ET.
Current K-12 teachers, college, university, and community college faculty, as well as residents of several local counties in North Carolina and Tennessee who take unfilled spaces in Penland summer classes and fall/spring one-week classes two weeks or less before the class begins receive half-price tuition. Standby discounts are available for fall and spring eight-week classes thirty days before the classes begin.