Penland Scholarships Summer 2020
Penland is an intentionally inclusive and dynamic creative community—a community that welcomes diversity and purposefully seeks students with diverse educational, cultural, and life backgrounds. Penland seeks students who can profit from the creative energy that arises from diverse artistic visions and approaches. Our scholarship program helps people live creative lives by enabling opportunities and artistic challenges for people from all walks and stages of life.
Summer scholarship applications were due on February 17. Applicants will be notified by April 10.
Penland offers scholarships in four categories:
- Partial Scholarship with Work Requirement: students work for the school before, during, and after their session. They receive meals, dormitory housing, and pay a discounted tuition. There are more than 175 of these scholarships. (See note about early decision option below.)
- Full Scholarship with Work Requirement: students work for the school before, during, and after their session. They receive meals, dormitory housing, and tuition. There are more than 70 of these scholarships.
- Full Scholarship with No Work Requirement: students receive meals, dormitory housing, and tuition with no work requirement. There are more than 100 of these scholarships.
- Studio Assistantship: students work in the studio before, during, and after their session, preparing for the workshop and assisting the instructor. They receive meals, shared housing, and tuition.
Each of these scholarship categories is described in detail below. You can also learn more about them in our “Summer Scholarships 101” blog post. Download our step-by-step walkthrough of the application process for assistance with Slideroom.
Some spaces are reserved in each workshop for scholarship students. Scholarships are intended for students who would have difficulty attending Penland without financial assistance. You may not apply as a full-paying student if you are applying for a scholarship. If you are not selected, you may reapply as a full-paying student if space is available.
How to Apply for a Scholarship or Studio Assistantship
- Minimum age is 18. Scholarship and studio assistantship applications must be made online at penland.slideroom.com starting January 1. Do not also use the regular enrollment application.
- Read cancellation and refund information on the registration page; it applies to scholarship students.
- If applying for a studio assistantship, check penland.org/assistants or Slideroom to determine availability.
- Scholarship and studio assistantship applications require a nonrefundable $10 Slideroom fee. If you receive a scholarship, you will also be charged a $25 processing fee. (Early decision scholarship students do not pay a processing fee.) You will need to list at least two references as part of your application. Your references will receive a reference form by e-mail. Reference forms must be completed by the application deadline for your application to be considered. Studio assistantship and many full scholarship applications require images of your work.
- Your application must be complete before 11:59 PM EST on February 17, 2020.
- You will be notified of your status by April 10 and be asked to pay in full at that time. (Early-decision applicants will be notified within three business days of completing their application.)
More details are included in the Slideroom application form at penland.slideroom.com beginning January 1.
Partial Scholarship with Work Requirement (Work-Study)
Work-study students are an integral part of life at Penland. Work-study students accept the challenge of balancing studio time with working for the school.
During the session work-study students work approximately 20 hours per week on a variety of service tasks, usually cleaning, food service support, dishwashing. (Because of the glass workshop schedule, glass students work 12 hours per week and pay a higher fee.) All work-study students are given a schedule on the first day and generally work part of each day during the session as well as on the day before and after the session. The work is manual labor and the schedule, while reasonable, requires work-study students to carefully balance their time and energy between the studio and their work obligations.
Work-study students receive dormitory housing. Dormitories are common living areas accommodating 4 to 13 students.
If you are unable to perform the labor-intensive jobs required, please do not apply for these scholarships. Full scholarships with no work requirement are available.
In addition to working during the session, work-study students are required to work from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the day before their session and 9:00 am to 12:30 pm the day after their session. You are responsible for making travel arrangements that will allow you to meet this requirement. If you cannot meet this requirement, please do not apply.
International applicants note: because the government considers our work-study scholarship program to be work-for-hire, students who are not US citizens may not receive work-study scholarships unless they are authorized to work in the US. International students may apply for full scholarships with no work requirement.
NEW OPTION! Early Decision
Every session, Penland needs a crew of reliable and committed work-study students in the dining hall. Many people have expressed an interest in finding out sooner whether they have been chosen for a scholarship. And everyone would prefer to get their first or second choice of workshop. We have joined these interests in the early decision option.
If you are willing to commit to a partial scholarship with a work assignment in the dining hall, you will be notified of your enrollment status within three working days after the completion of your application. Applications may be submitted between January 1 and February 17 and will be considered complete once Penland receives completed reference forms from two of your references. Applicants for this option pay a nonrefundable Slideroom fee of $10. They do not pay any other processing fee.
If you accept a scholarship offered under this option, you will not be eligible for a full scholarship this summer. If you decline a scholarship offered under this option before the February 17 deadline, you will still have the option of applying for a full scholarship.
Because these applications are processed before other scholarship applications, this option increases your chance of getting a scholarship for your first- or second-choice workshop. One space will be held in each workshop for early decision applicants (spaces will be held for other scholarship applicants as well). These spaces will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply now!
Full Scholarship with Work Requirement
These work-study scholarships carry the same work requirement as the partial scholarships, however they cover all room, board, and tuition. (Please read details of work requirement in the partial scholarships section.) These scholarships target students with exceptional talent and financial need. Applicants submit images of their work. If you apply for one of these scholarships, you are encouraged to also apply for a partial scholarship. See note below about targeted scholarships.
Full Scholarships with No Work Requirement
These full scholarships cover room, board, and tuition and have no work requirement. Most of them target students with exceptional talent and financial need, and applicants are encouraged to submit images of their work. However, a limited number of these scholarships do not require images. If you apply for one of these scholarships, you are encouraged to also apply for a full scholarship with work requirement and a partial scholarship if you are willing and able to meet the work requirement. See note below about targeted scholarship preferences.
Targeted Scholarship Preferences
Some full scholarships (with or without work requirement) have stated preferences from our funders in addition to exceptional talent and financial need. If you meet any of the following preferences, you will be able to indicate this in your Slideroom application, and it may increase your chance of receiving a scholarship.
- Teacher (at any level)—no images required
- International student
- Woman who speaks English as a second language
- Woman taking a workshop/pursuing a career in books, drawing, painting, or photography
- Person of color
- Person with disability
- LGBTQ NC resident
- Forty or older
- Forty or older taking a wood workshop
- Sixty or older, studying an unfamiliar medium
- Emerging artist
- Emerging artist 50 or older
- Accomplished in one medium and taking a workshop in another
- Exploring a career or life transition
- Amateur or professional performer in dance, drama, or music
- Changing career to craft education
- Metals educator living in Japan
- Student at Louisiana State University School of Art
- Art major at Mars Hill University
- Student, faculty, or adjunct faculty at Meredith College
- Rising sophomore or junior at Appalachian State University and first time at Penland
- NC resident living east of Raleigh
- NC resident taking a workshop that uses new technologies
- Student from Appalachia, age 18–35
- Resident of Avery, Cleveland, McDowell, Mitchell, Rockingham, or Yancey counties in NC
- Resident of Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Studio assistants are students who assist instructors and are responsible for maintaining the school’s standards for studio operation. Assistants receive housing and meals and pay only the $10 nonrefundable Slideroom fee and the studio fee (paid at the end of the session). Studio assistants are responsible for their own travel expenses.
Assistants are selected based on their knowledge of a working studio. In addition to 25–40 hours of work each week, studio assistants are required to work from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the day before and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm the day after their session and must make travel arrangements which will allow them to meet this requirement. If you cannot meet this requirement, please do not apply. Many instructors select their own assistants; available positions will be listed in Slideroom and at penland.org/assistants.
International applicants note: because the government considers our studio assitantships to be work-for-hire, we cannot accept applicants who are not US citizens unless they are authorized to work in the US.